The Truck Series got the weekend of racing started off on the dirt but now it’s time for some road racing in the Finger Lakes region of central New York at Watkins Glen International. The Xfinity Series gets it started with the Zippo 200 in what will be the first of three road course races in the next four races.
After a radio styled broadcast at Pocono in the Monster Cup Series race last week, NBCSports returns for a second week with the radio broadcast, but this time they will be adding the Xfinity Series race to the program.
After an engine change Josh Williams will have to star the race from the back of the field. Vinnie Miller will also start from the back of the field after a mechanical issue that caused a wreck during qualifying.
Cole Custer is in a backup car after crashing during practice.
After winning both rounds in qualifying, Kyle Busch puts his number 18 on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.
Stages one and two of the race are 20 laps each with stage three lasting 42 laps.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead.
After some on track trouble, Tyler Reddick brings his car down pit road on lap two to clear the grille of debris.
Lap three, Kyle Busch has already pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Austin Cindric, with Christopher Bell in third.
Lap four, Chase Briscoe brings his car down pit road to clear debris thrown on his car after Tyler Reddick’s incident.
Lap five, Vinnie Miller is off the track.
Lap eight, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly three seconds on Austin Cindric.
BJ McLeod is off the track.
Lap eleven, Kyle Busch has a four plus second lead erased when Joey Gase brings out the first caution flag of the race when he gets stopped on the track with a mechanical issue.
Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 and holds on to the lead as drivers battle for position behind him.
Justin Allgaier gets into the wall hard after making contact with Ross Chastain and brings out the second caution flag of the race on lap 14.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 and gets out in front of Christopher Bell to hold on to his lead. Busch has led every lap so far.
Austin Cindric brings his car down pit road for service with three laps remaining in stage one. This was a scheduled stop for Cindric.
On the final lap of stage one, Ross Chastain gets spun into the fence after some contact with Justin Allgaier and brings out the third caution flag as the green/white checker and the caution flag come out together. Ross Chastain is out of the race.
Kyle Busch wins stage one after leading every lap.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch gives up his lead to make a pit stop. Christopher Bell is the new leader.
Christopher Bell brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 24. Bell goes nose to nose with Ryan Blaney, it is Blaney who gets out in front for the lead. Kyle Busch restarts the race in 15th place.
Lap 25, Kyle Busch has already made it into the top 10 at ninth place.
Lap 25, Ryan Blaney has a near second lead on Christopher Bell – Bell is the only driver on the track who has yet to make a pit stop.
Lap 26, Kyle Busch has moved up to seventh. Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on Christopher Bell.
Lap 27, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead on Christopher Bell to two seconds. Kyle Busch is up to sixth place.
Lap 30, Ryan Blaney is still in the lead but with Christopher Bell finally making his pit stop, Kyle Busch is now in second place over three seconds back.
Lap 33, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Ryan Blaney to just a second.
Lap 34, Kyle Busch has caught up to leader Ryan Blaney but as he gets in front of Blaney, Busch had an issue with his car and brings out the caution flag. Reports are that there is something broken in the car’s suspension.
Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 36 but it is AJ Allemndinger who gets out in front.
Tyler Reddick gets off the track but gets his car going again and the track stays green.
Lap 37, ryan Blaney has caught up to leader AJ Allmendinger and is challenging for the lead.
With a lead of half a second, AJ Allmendinger wins stage two.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 44 with Allmendinger holding on to the lead as Ryan Blaney gets off the track and returns to keep the track green.
Thirty five laps remaining in the race, but the drivers are already getting very aggressive on the track as they battle for position.
Lap 46, AJ Allmendinger has a narrow lead on Austin Cindric with Justin Allgaier in third.
Lap 48, John Hunter Nemechek and Ryan Sieg make contact but the track stays green.
Drivers begin making green flag pit stops for fuel.
Lap 50, AJ Allmentinger has a half second lead on Austin Cindric with Justin Allgaier in third.
As green flag pit stops continue, Justin Allgaier becomes the new leader.
Brandon Jones was charged with driving through too many pit stalls coming to his pit stall.
Lap 57, Justin Allgaier has a lead of a second and a half on Christopher Bell. Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger are beating and banging door to door for position.
Twenty-five to go, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over 14 seconds on Noah Gragson. There are several battles for position all through the field.
Lap 61, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with a 33 second lead on Austin Cindric.
Lap 62, Justin Allgaier comes down pit road for fresh tires with a 31 second lead on Austin Cindric.
Justin Allgaier comes out on the track in seventh. Austin Cindric is the new leader with a second and a half lead on AJ Allmendinger.
Seven point eight seconds back, Justin Allgaier is now in fourth place.
Lap 65, Austin Cindric ahs a second and a half lead on AJ Allmendinger with Justin Allgaier now in third place.
Tommy Joe Martins gets off the track but gets the car fired back up and the track stays green.
The caution flag come out on lap 69 for a tire coming off of Garrett Smithley’s car.
With only 13 laps remaining in the race, leader Austin Cindric brings his car down pit road for service.
AJ Allmendinger is the new leader.
AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 10 laps remaining in the race. AJ Allmendinger gets out in front but then spins out, so far the track stays green. Justin Haley also got turned around on the track.
Christopher Bell is the new leader.
The caution flag comes out for Josh Bilicki’s heavily damaged car sitting on the track.
AJ Allmendinger is back out in front and brings the field down for the green flag restart with seven laps remaining in the race. AJ Allmendinger gets out in front as the drivers gets stacked up and battle for position behind him.
Five to go, AJ Allmendinger has a lead of nearly two seconds on Austin Cindric with Justin Allgaier in third.
Four to go, Austin Cindric is slowly closing the gap to leader AJ Allmendinger. Allmendinger’s lead is now down to under a second.
Less than three to go, Austin Cindric has caught up to lead AJ Allmendinger and is beginning to challenge for the lead.
Less than two laps to go, Austin Cindric gets around AJ Allmendinger for the lead but Allmendinger takes it back as the two drivers swap the lead back and forth as they take the white flag.
Austin Cindric holds on to the lead through the finals lap to win the race for his first Xfintiy career win. At 20 years old Austin Cindric becomes the youngest driver to ever win at Watkins Glen.
Unofficial results for the Zippo 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ray Black II
Tommy Joe Martins