The Xfinity Series hits the high banks of Talladega for the MoneyLion 300 on April 27 where the drivers will top 190 miles per hour around the track in the draft.
Thirty-seven teams signed up to race at Talladega Superspeedway and none of them have scored a win at the iconic track. Matt Mills has never made a start of any kind at Talladega.
This is the third Dash-4-Cash race and no Monster Energy Cup Series drivers may enter the race. The four drivers participating in the Dash-4-Cash this week are Cole Custer, Justin Allgaier, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric.
After two rounds of single car qualifying with a time of 50.59 seconds, Michael Annett earned his first Xfinity Series pole and will lead the field to green in Talladega.
Monster Energy Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano will join Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.
Stages one and two of the race are only 25 laps each with stage three lasting 63 laps for a total of 113 laps around the 2.66 mile track.
Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Tyler Reddick alongside on the front row. Reigning Xfinity Series champion Tyler Reddick gets out in front and leads the first lap as drivers get two and three wide across the track.
On lap seven Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain swap the lead back and forth with Ross Chastain in the lead when Brandon Jones spins out and brings out the first caution flag of the race.
A few drivers come down pit road for service when pit road opens. Christopher Bell had to make a second trip down pit road for radio issues.
Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 12 but it is Tyler Reddick who takes the lead before he and Chastain swap the lead back and forth. Tyler Reddick takes the lead with Ryan Sieg in second and Jeffrey Earnhardt in third.
Halfway through stage one and the drivers are getting three and even four wide across the track with a 20 car pack leading the way.
Race leader Tyler Reddick reports issues with his mirror and is having difficulty seeing what is going on around him.
On lap 22, Ross Chastain retakes the lead but before the lap is over Tyler Reddick retakes the lead as the two drivers swap back and forth with Reddick eventually holding on to the top spot.
Tyler Reddick wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Taking fuel only Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road with Noah Gragson coming out second with fuel only.
After staying out in the track, Justin Allgaier leads the race.
Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain were both caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field. Justin Haley was also caught speeding on pit road.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the start of stage two on lap 31 but it is team mate Noah Gragson who edges out Allgaier for the top spot. Over the next couple of laps, Justin Allgaier and Noah Gragson swap the lead back and forth with Noah Gragson, but it is Gragson who holds on to the lead.
John Hunter Nemechek and Brandon Brown were charged with locking bumpers and will have to serve a penalty. Drivers many bump the driver in front of them but locking bumpers is not allowed.
Just nine laps into the stage, Tyler Reddick and Ross Chastain have already moved into the top 10 after being penalized for speeding on pit road.
Forty laps into the race, all four of the Dash-4-Cash drivers are in the top eight; one of them will take home an extra $100,000 prize at the end of the race.
Rookie Noah Gragson wins stage two for his first career stage win.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Leader Noah Gragson had to make an early stop on pit road for overheating issues after his car attracted several pieces of trash on the front grille.
Taking fuel only, Ross Chastain wins the race off of pit road.
Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 56 but it is Ross Chastain who jumps out in front for the lead.
Lap 57 Brandon Jones takes the lead from Ross Chastain.
Lap 58, Michael Annett and Brandon Jones battle for the lead with Michael Annett getting out in front.
Tyler Reddick hit the wall near the end of stage two and is in danger of going a lap down.
Ray Black Jr makes an unscheduled trip down pit road with a smoking car.
The caution flag comes out with 47 laps remaining in the race for debris and fluid on the track.
Ray Black Jr takes his car to the garage.
Tyler Reddick avoids getting lapped with the caution flag.
Taking fuel only Christopher Bell wins the race off of pit road. With only four sets of tires for the entire weekend, several of the drivers took fuel only.
After staying out on the track David Starr brings the field down for the green flag restart with 42 laps remaining in the race. Christopher Bell jumps out in front for the lead.
Thirty to go, Justin Allgaier and Christopher Bell battle for the lead, with Justin Allgaier finally getting out in front for the lead.
Noah Gragson brings out the caution flag with 29 laps to go after spinning out and hitting the wall.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with 22 laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead but is getting challenged by Chase Briscoe who passes Allgaier for the lead.
With 19 laps to go, Christopher Bell takes the lead as a big crash brings out the caution flag involving Cole Custer, Michael Annett, Stephen Leicht, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Sieg.
Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart with 13 laps remaining in the race. Christopher Bell takes the lead.
Eleven to go, Tyler Reddick takes the lead. The caution flag comes out for debris on the track.
Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain are on pit road for car repairs.
Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with only seven laps remaining in the race and holds on to his lead.
The caution flag comes out with five laps to go involving Alex Labbe, Justin Allgaier, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Timmy Hill, David Starr, and Jeremy Clements. Justin Allgaier’s car also caught on fire. NASCAR has displayed the red flag.
After a red flag delay of over 15 minutes, NASCAR displays the caution flag and the drivers are moving again.
Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart with only two laps remaining in the race.
Tyler Reddick takes the white flag.
After an eventful day of a speeding penalty, hitting the wall, and various other car issues; Tyler Reddick earns his first win of the 2019 season…and the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash prize.
MoneyLion 300 results:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ray Black Jr