The Xfinity Series returns for some Friday night racing for the second week in a row for the Alsco 300 from Kentucky Speedway.
After being out of the car for six races, Spencer Gallagher returns to racing.
After three rounds of group qualifying Cole Custer wins the pole and will bring the field to the green.
The starting lineup for the Asco 300:
John Hunter Nemechek
Christopher Bell – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments – tire change
Ray Black Jr
Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 laps around the mile and a half track.
Pole sitter Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.
Lap three, the drivers are already getting three wide; Cole Custer leads the race withJustin Allgaier in second and Kyle Busch in third.
After starting at the back of the field, Christopher Bell is in 22nd on lap five.
Lap six, Cole Custer has a half second lead on Kyle Busch with Justin Allgaier in third.
Lap eight, Cole Custer has a three quarter of a second lead on Kyle Busch with Justin Allgaier in third.
With Kyle Busch the clear race favourite for the win, Cole Custer continues to lead the race by over half a second. Justin Allgaier is in third.
Lap 12 Cole Custer leads the race by a second over Kyle Busch. Jeff Green is off the track.
The top five are Cole Custer, Kyle Busch, Justin Allgaier, Matt Tifft, and Austin Cindric.
Lap 18 Kyle Busch has passed Cole Custer and taken over the lead of the race.
Lap 22 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second on Cole Custer; Matt Tifft has moved into third place.
Lap 24, Christopher Bell is now in 15th place. During the pre-race radio interview, Bell noted that coming from the back of the field was no big deal.
Lap 26 Kyle Busch has a lead of over a second and a half with Matt Tifft in third. Josh Reaume is off the track. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 28, Kyle Busch continues to lead with Cole Custer over a second behind.
Lap 34, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Cole Custer with John Hunter Nemechek in third.
Lap 37 Kyle Busch is out in front of Cole Custer by over two seconds; John Hunter Nemechek is in third with Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric rounding out the top five.
Lap 40 Kyle Busch has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds over Cole Custer.
Lap 43, there are 19 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch out in front.
Kyle Busch wins stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road, just beating out Ty Majeski who took only two tires.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 but before the lap is complete, Ty Majeski hits the wall but the track stays green.
Lap 55, Kyle Busch leads the race by nearly a second over Cole Custer.
There are 20 cars on the lead lap with Morgan Shepherd, Josh Reaume, and Jeff Green in the garage.
Lap 59, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Cole Custer.
Lap 62, Kyle Busch holds on to his lead despite brushing the wall.
Lap 70, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Cole Custer with John Hunter Nemechek on his bumper.
Lap 74, Kyle Busch’s lead is nearly a second and a half on Cole Custer. Timmy Hill is off the track.
Lap 76 Kyle Busch leads the race, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer, Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.
Lap 79, John Hunter Nemechek has closed the gap to leader Kyle Busch to under half a second; Cole Custer, Austin Cindric and Brandon Jones round out the top five.
Lap 81 John Hunter Nemechek passes Kyle Busch to take the lead.
Lap 83, John Hunter Nemechek leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Cole Custer Austin Cindric, and Brandon Jones rounds out the top five. Kyle Busch challenges Nemechek for the lead but so far Busch remains in second.
Lap 86, John Hunter Nemechek has a quarter of a second lead on Kyle Busch with Cole Custer in third.
John Hunter Nemechek wins stage two for his first stage win of the season
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road; followed by Cole Custer and John Hunter Nemechek.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on ap 98 with Kyle Busch and Cole Custer going nose to nose. Kyle Busch edges out Cole Custer for the lead.
Lap 100 Blake Jones brings out the first on track caution flag of the night when he gets loose and spins out.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 104 but Brandon Jones gets loose and hits the wall; bringing out the caution flag.
Choosing the bottom lane, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 109 and edges out Cole Custer for the lead.
After starting the race at the back of the field, Christopher Bell is now in second place and is on Kyle Busch’s bumper.
Lap 113 Kyle Busch leads with Christopher Bell right behind; Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and John Hunter Nemechek round out the top five. There are 20 cars on the lead lap with no cars only one lap down.
Lap 117 Kyle Busch’s lead is only two tenths of a second ahead of Christopher Bell.
Fifth place driver John Hunter Nemechek is running the fastest laps on the track.
Lap 120, Kyle Busch holds on to a narrow lead over Christopher Bell with Daniel Hemric in third.
Lap 123, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to a third of a second on Christopher Bell.
Lap 130, Christopher Bell is closing in on leader Kyle Busch.
With 110 laps in stage three, the drivers cannot complete the race without making a pit stop.
Ty Majeski brings out the caution flag on lap 133 when he spins out and makes a trip through the grass right in front of the leader.
Teams bring their cars down pit road for service in anticipation of not making another stop. The drivers are just outside the fuel window and will have to save fuel.
Taking only two tires Michael Annett wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch coming out in second with a four tire change.
Christopher Bell had a slow pit stop with tire issues.
John Hunter Nemechek is reporting he has not power and is stuck out on the track and needs a push to pit road.
Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 138 and edges out Michael Annett fr the lead. Michael Annett gets loose but keeps it off the wall and the track stays green.
Lap 140, Kyle Busch has a tenth of a second lead on Austin Cindric with Justin Allgaier in third.
Lap 142, Daniel Hemric challenges Kyle Busch for the lead. After having some issues on pit road, Christopher Bell has moved up six spots to fourth after only four laps.
Lap 144 Daniel Hemric gets around Kyle Busch to take over the lead.
Lap 147, Justin Allgaier passes Kyle Busch to take over second place.
Elliott Sadler brings out the caution flag after getting hit by Matt Tifft and brushes the wall.
Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 151 and goes nose to nose with Justin Allgaier with Justin Allgaier edging out for the lead.. Drivers are getting three wide behind the leaders.
Lap 153, Kyle Busch is moving through the field after making a pit stop during the caution flag. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 144 Justin Allgaier has a quarter of a second lead on Daniel Hemric with Christopher Bell in third.
Lap 157, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Daniel Hemric, Christopher Bell, Cose Custer and Ryan Truex.
Lap 161 the caution flag comes out when Joey Gase wrecks.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 166 and edges out Daniel Hemric for the lead.
Christopher Bell gets round Daniel Hemric for second place with Justin Allgaier in the lead.
Lap 170, Justin Allgaier leads Christopher Bell by half a second with Daniel Hemric in third.
Lap 174, Justin Allgaier holds on to his half second lead on Christopher Bell.
Only 21 laps remaining in the race; Justin Allgaier leads the race but Christopher Bell is closing the gap as they encounter lapped traffic.
Seventeen laps to go, Christopher Bell, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Allgaier make it a three wide battle for the lead with Christopher Bel taking the top spot; followed by Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier.
Thirteen to go, Christopher Bell has a tenth of a second lead on Daniel Hemric.
Ten to go, Christopher Bell has increased his lead to three tenths of a second on Daniel Hemric.
Only seven laps to go, Christopher Bell has a half second lead on Daniel Hemric after starting the race last. He noted that coming to the front would be no big deal…and apparently it wasn’t.
Four to go and leader Christopher Bell has encountered lapped traffic; allowing Daniel Hemric to close the gap to under half a second.
Christopher Bell takes the white flag with a half second lead on Daniel Hemric.
Christopher Bell wins the Alsco 300 after having to start the race from the back of the field due to an unapproved tire change after spinning out during qualifying. This is Bell’s Third Xfinity Series career win.
The unofficial results of the Alsco 300:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ray Black Jr