NASCAR is “on the Road Again” when they travel to Elkhart Lake and Road America for the longest road racing course of the season at over four miles.
The Xfinity Series kicks off a doubleheader weekend with the Henry 180.
After a rough practice session that resulted in a blown engine, Noah Gragson is hoping that he will have a good race after starting from the back of the field in a backup car. Knowing that he will have to start the race from the back of the field, Gragson did not make a qualifying run.
Forty three drivers will take to the track to make a qualifying run in the hopes of filling one of 36 starting spots including Cup Series drivers Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch who crossed the finish line first at Nashville for Xfinity Series win number 100!
In a two round qualifying event, all of the drivers make the first round with the top 12 drivers making a second run for the pole.
After the first round of qualifying…
and Bayley Currey
have failed to make the field.
With a time of 2:15. 520 seconds, Ty Gibbs puts his number 81 car on the pole with Austin Cindric alongside on the front row.
The starting lineup for the Henry 180:
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Ty Gibbs had to get a push to get the engine going after a starter issue.
Stages one and two are only 10 laps each with stage three lasting 25 laps for a total of 45 laps around the four mile track. The drivers can run around 15 laps on a single load of fuel.
Eighteen year old Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Austin Cindric for the lead but Cindric continues to battle for the position. Ty Gibbs gets out in front for the lead and pulls away as AJ Allmendinger battles with Austin Cindric for second. Kaz Grala gets off the track but recovers and the track stays green.
While there are some passing lanes, the course is very narrow – like driving on a two lane road – and very difficult to pass.
Lap two, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Austin Cindric is in third a second and a half back. Kyle Busch and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.
Kaz Grala is reporting some serious wheel hop in his car.
Kyle Busch takes third from Austin Cindric.
Noah Gragson is up to 21st after starting the field from the last position. After not making a qualifying run, Gragson has fresher tires than the rest of the field.
Lap three, AJ Allmendinger battles Ty Gibbs for the lead with Kyle Busch in third two seconds back.
AJ Allmendinger takes the lead.
Lap three, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric.
Noah Gragson is in the top 20 in 18th.
Lap five, AJ Allmendinger has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Ty Gibbs; Austin Cindric has gotten around Kyle Busch to take third. Noah Gragson continues to move through the field and is up to 14th.
Spencer Pumpelley gets into the gravel after some contact with Brandon Brown and spinning out. Stuck in the gravel, Pumplley brings out the first caution flag of the race.
The crews have three sets of tires in the pits for today’s race.
Kyle Busch is reporting a very loose condition all through the course.
Several of the drivers come down pit road for service; AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric stay out.
AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart with Austin Cindric alongside with just two laps remaining in stage one. AJ Allmendinger jumps out in front for the lead.
The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Justin Haley.
Kyle Busch spins out after some on track contact and makes a run into the grass. He gets the car moving again and the track stays green.
With a lead of over a second and a half, AJ Allmendinger wins stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
During the restart on lap nine, Ty Gibbs changed lanes prior to crossing the start/finish line. As a result, he will have to start stage two from the back of the field.
Some of the drivers come down pit road for service but Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson stay out on the track.
Jeb Burton is reporting a tight condition in his car. Justin Haley is also reporting a tight car.
Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Noah Gragson alongside. Daniel Hemric comes from third place to take the lead and begins to pull away.
Lap 13, the top five are Daniel Henric, Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Harrison Burton.
Attempting to pass on the corner, Noah Gragson loses some spots and ends up in fifth.
After getting off the course, Kyle Busch restarts the race in 10th place.
Sam Mayer has a big crash and brings out the caution flag. The front end of Mayer’s car is destroyed after hitting the wall. Mayer is out of the car and walking to the ambulance for the mandatory ride to the infield car center. Safety crews take the car to the garage.
Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson finally make their pit stops. A few other drivers also come down pit road; but most stayed out on the track.
Daneil Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 with Justin Allgaier alongside. Hemric jumps out in front for the lead.
The top five are Daniel Hemric, Justin Allgaier, Harrison Burton, Myatt Snider, and Brandon Jones.
Kyle Busch takes fifth place from Harrison Burton.
Kyle Busch takes fourth from AJ Allmendinger.
Lap 16, Daniel Hemric has the lead with Justin Allgaier challenging for the lead; Myatt Snider, AJ Allmendinger, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Daniel Hemric gets off the track and Justin Allgaier takes the lead with Myatt Snider in secod. Daniel Hemric drops to third.
AJ Allmendinger takes third from Daniel Hemric.
Lap 17, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Kyle Busch, Myatt Snider, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five. Ty Gibbs has worked his way up to eleventh.
AJ Allmendinger has closed the gap on leader Justin Allgaier.
Lap 17, some drivers come down pit road for service before it closes to end the stage.
AJ Allmendinger has caught up to leader Justin Allgaier and is challenging for the lead. So far Allgaier holds on to the lead with Kyle Busch closing in on the duo.
Kyle Busch gets off the track once again, the track stays green.
AJ Allmendinger takes the lead.
Lap 18, AJ Allmendinger has a half second lead on Justin Allgaier; Daniel Hemric, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five. After getting off the track, Kyle Busch is working his way back through the field and is just outside the top fvie in sixth.
Say Mayer is out of the race with Spencer Pumpelley and Jade Buford off the track.
With a lead of over a second, AJ Allmendinger wins stage two.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Some drivers comne down pit road for service; Justin Allgaier and Kyle Busch stay out on the track and will bring the field to green.
AJ Allmendinger has to drop back and restart the race from the back of the field after one of the crew members came over the wall too soon.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 23 and edges out Kyle Busch for the lead.
The top five are Justin Allgaier, Kyle Busch, Austin Cindric, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson.
Lap 24, on fresher tires Austin Cindric takes second from Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch and leader Justin Allgaier have not been down pit road since laps seven.
Spencer Pumpelley has returned to the track 15 laps down.
Lap 24, Noah Gragson takes third from Kyle Busch.
Lap 25, the top five are Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Kyle Busch, and Ty Gibbs.
Lap 25, AJ Allmendinger has entered the top 15 after restarting the race from the back of the field just three laps ago.
Lap 25, Noah Gragson takes second form Justin Allgaier with Austin Cindric in the lead by nearly half a second.
Kyle Busch takes third from Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs takes fourth from Justin Allgaier.
Lap 26, the top five are Austin Cindric, Noah Gragson, Kyle Busch, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier.
The caution flag comes out on lap 27 when Spencer Pumpelly gets into the tire barrier hard on turn one. The rear end of his car is several feet in the air on the tire barrier. He went through the gravel and brushed the wall before slamming into the tire barrier. Pumpelley jumps out of the car and walks to the ambulance for a ride to the infield care center. Pumpelley said that he had no brakes.
The field comes down pit road for fresh tires and fuel. Some teams have an extra set of tires but for many this is their last trip down pit road.
Daniel Hemric was charged with a crew member coming over the wall too soon.
After winning the race off of pit road, Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 with Harrison Burton alongside. In a sided by side battle, Brandon Jones edges out Harrison Burton for the lead; Kevin Harvick, Austin Cindric, and Josh Bilicki round out the top five.
Jade Buford, Sam Mayer, and Spencer Pompelley are out of the race.
Lap 30,, Brandon Jones has a half second lead on Harrison Burton; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.
In a three way battle for the lead, Austin Cindric takes the lead with Harrison Burton in second and Brand Jones in third after locking up his tires.
Lap 31, Austin Cindric has pulled out to a one second lead on Harrison Burton; Justin Allgaier, Ty Gibbs, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.
Brandon Jones gets off the track; Jeb Burton also gets off into the gravel but both drivers get back on the track. The track stays green with 12 laps to go.
Lap 34, Austin Cindric has a lead of over two seconds on Ty Gibbs; Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Lap 35, Harrison Burton comes down pit road for service.
Ty Gibbs is stopped on the track. The team reports a transmission issue. The caution flag comes out on lap 35. Gibbs gets a push from the safety crew back to pit road.
Several of the drivers come down pit road for that final set of fresh tires including leader Austin Cindric.
Staying out on the track, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with AJ Allmendinger alongside. There are just eight laps remaining in the race. Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.
Drivers are werecking in the field. Kris Wright, Myatt Snider, and Josh Bilicki all got turned around on the track. Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Myatt Snider, Cody Ware, Brandon Jones, Harrison Burton, Natalie Decker, Ryan Sieg, and Kyle Busch also received some damage to their cars. The wreck brings out the caution flag.
Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier come down pit road for damage repair.
Noah Gragson is reporting he is having power steering issues.
Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart with just six laps remaining in the race with Justin Haley alongside. Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead with AJ Allmendinger in second; Justin Haley, Kyle Busch, and Kaz Grala round out the top five.
Kyle Busch passes Justin Haley for third.
Kyle Busch and AJ Allmendinger make contact but the track stays green.
AJ Allmendinger and Noah Gragson battle for the lead with Allmendinger making contact and getting the spot. Kyle Busch is on Allmendinger’s bumper.
Five to go, AJ Allmendinger leads the race but is getting a challenge from Kyle Busch. After a battle that included some contact between the two drivers, Kyle Busch takes the lead.
As a Cup Series driver, Kyle Busch can run only five of the Xfinity Series races each season, this is his fourth race; he has won the other three this season.
Michael Annett and Justin Haley battle for position.
Big wreck sending drivers into the wall. Brett Moffitt hits the wall but the track stays green. Josh Bilicki and Ryan Sieg get turned around.
Four to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.
Brandon Jones gets off the track but stays off the wall and gets moving again. The track stays green.
Three to go, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over two seconds on AJ Allmendinger. The top five are Kyle Busch, AJ Allmendinger,, Michael Annett, Daniel Hemric, and Noah Gragson.
Harrison Burton challenges Noah Gragson for fifth.
Josh Bilicki and Brtett Moffitt are out of the race.
Cody Ware gets turned around and off the track but gets moving again.
Two to go, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two and a half seconds on AJ Allmendinger.
Michael Annett, AJ Allmendinger, and Daniel Hemric battle for second. Annett gets second, Hemric takes third, and Allmendinger is in fourth.
Kyle Busch takes the white flag with a three and a half second lead.
Daniel Hemric takes second.
Making it four for four, Kyle Busch wins the
race at Road America by over three and a half seconds. This is win 101 for Busch.
The unofficial results of the Henry 180:
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