Worst to First Win at Darlington for Xfintiy Series

Xfinity Series
In race two of the throwback weekend at Darlington Speedway, the Xfinity Series runs the Mahindra ROXOR 200.

Under some hot spring skies, the Xfinity Series drivers take to the track for a 20 minute practice session before making a qualifying run.

In partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, JR Motorsports fields a fifth car this weekend with Chase Elliott driving the number 88 car.

Doing a double this weekend, Brennan Poole is the first driver on the track to make a qualifying run and clocks a time of 30.44 seconds around the track.

About halfway through qualifying, the rains came.  NASCAR hopes to get the track dried and complete qualifying before running the Truck Series race.

NASCAR has cancelled the remainder of qualifying and the field will be set via the NASCAR formula.  With 40 teams bringing cars for 38 spots, Chase Elliott was not able to make the race under the modified starting lineup.

The starting lineup for the Mahindra ROXOR 200:
Ty Gibbs
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Brandon Jones
Sam Mayer
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg
Sheldon Creed
Daniel Hemric
Austin Hill
Landon Cassill
Anthony Alfredo
Jeb Burton
Brett Moffitt
Brandon Brown
Alex Labbe
Myatt Snider
JJ Yeley
Joe Graf Jr
Jeremy Clements
John Hunter Nemechek
Ryan Vargas
Josh Williams
Kyle Sieg
David Starr
Ryan Truex
Patrick Emerling
Bayley Currey
Kyle Weatherman
Mason Massey
Matt Mills
Tyler Reddick
Stefan Parsons
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Bilicki
Timmy Hill

Justin Allgaier was unable to get his car started when the command was given.  The crew pushed the car out of line and replaced the battery.  Allgaier will have to start the race from the back of the field after the battery was replaced.  Timmy Hill and Ryan Truex will also have to start the race from the back of the field.

Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney joins Adam Alexander in the FOX broadcast booth this week.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and jumps out in front for the lead.  Drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap two, Ty Gibbs leads the race with Noah Gragson in second; Brandon Jones, Josh Berry, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

After starting from the back of the field, Justin Allgaier has moved up to 30th place on lap four.

Lap five, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Brandon Jones, Josh Berry, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Justin Allgaier reports that there may be a connection issues with the battery.

Lap six, Josh Berry battles with Brandon Jones for third.

Timmy Hill has gone one lap down.

Lap eight, Ty Gibbs has increased his lead to over a second on Noah Gragson; Josh Berry, Brandon Jones, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Lap 10, Sheldon Creed is reporting a possible engine issues.

Timmy Hill spins out on lap nine and brings out the first caution flag of the race.

The teams were given only five sets of tires for today’s race.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Noah Gragson alongside on lap 15 Noah Gragson edges out in front for the lead after getting a push from AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 16, Noah Gragson leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Lap 18, Justin Allgaier is now in 16th place.

Ty Gibbs passers Noah Gragson for the lead; Josh Berry takes third form AJ Allmendinger.

Jeb Burton brings out the caution flag when he spins out with a flat tire.  NASCAR determined that Jeb Burton intentionally brought out the caution flag and has held him for a lap on pit road.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane on lap 24; getting a push from AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson takes the lead with Allmendinger in second.  Ty Gibbs drops to third place.

Lap 25, Justin Allgaier is in 12th place.  Ty Gibbs passes AJ Allmendinger for second.

Lap 27, Justin Allgaier enters the top 10.

Lap 28, Noah Gragson leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 31, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Ty Gibbs; Josh Berry, AJ Allmendinger, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.  Justin Allgaier matches his car number in seventh place.

Lap 34, Justin Allgaier is in the top five in fourth place with team mate Noah Gragson leading the race.  Three of the four JR Motorsports cars are in the top five.

Lap 38, Noah Gragson has a near one second lead on Ty Gibbs; Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Sheldon Creed is off the track.

Lap 41, Noah Gragson holds a lead of over half a second on Ty Gibbs.

With a lead of over half a second, Noah Gragson wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Josh Berry
Justin Allgaier
Riley Herbst
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Sieg
Landon Cassill
Ryan Truex
John Hunter Nemechek

All of the drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier edging out to win the race off of pit road.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 52 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 53, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst, and Josh Berry round out the top five.  There are 35cars on the lead lap.

Lap 56, Justin Allgaier has a near half second lead on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, Riley Herbst, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 58, Josh Berry battles with Riley Herbst for fourth.

Lap 64, Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, Josh Berry, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 67, Sam Mayer has entered the top 10; putting all four of the JR Motorsports cars in the top 10 with Justin Allgaier leading the race.

Lap 68, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs is over three seconds back in third with Josh Berry, and Riley Herbst rounding out the top five.

Lap 72, Justin Allgaier holds a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, Josh Berry, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.

Lap 74, Justin Allgaier’s lead is now over a second on Noah Gragson/

Myatt Snider brings out the caution flag when he spins out and makes contact with Bayley Currey and the wall.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with team mate Noah Gragson alongside and team mate Josh Berry behind on lap 80.  Noah Gragson edges out Allgaier for the lead.

Lap 81, Noah Gragson leads the race with Justin Algaier in second; Ty Gibbs, John Hunter Nemechek, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Lap 83, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on Ty Gibbs; Justin Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Brandon Brown brings out the caution flag when he gets stopped on the track.  With just two laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson wins stage two under caution for the stage sweep and his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Ty Gibbs
Justin Allgaier
John Hunter Nemechek
Tyler Reddick
Josh Berry
Sam Maher
AJ Allmendinger
Ryan Truex
Riley Herbst

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road for the lead.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 92 with Noah Gragson alongside  After going side by side Justin Allgaier gets out in front for the lead with Gragson in second.

Lap 93, Justin Allgaier has a near half second lead on Noah Gragson; Ty Gibbs, John Hunter Nemechek, and Josh Berry round out the top five.

Fifty to go, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Noah Gragson a half second behind.

Lap 102, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Berry, and Ty Gibbs.

Forty to go, Justin Allgaier holds on to the lead with Noah Gragson in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Berry, and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Lap 111, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Berry, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  

Leader Justin Allgaier has not won a race in 34 races.

Thirty to go, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Noah Gragsn in second; John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Berry, and Tyelr Reddick round out the top five.  Ty Gibbs has fallen to seventh place.

Alex Labbe gets into the wall on lap 121 and brings out the caution flag.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires with Justin Allgaier winning the race off of pit road once again.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 22 laps remaining in the race.  From the inside lane, Josh Berry jumps out in front for the lead.  

Josh Berry was charged with a restart violation; Justin Allgaier retakes the lead as Berry serves a pass through penalty.

With 20 laps to go Justin Allgaier leads the race with John Hunter Nemechek in second; Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.  Josh Berry goes a lap down.

John Hunter Nemechek is not letting Justin Allgaier pull away from the field but is staying close on the number seven car’s bumper.

Fifteen to go, Justin Allgaier has just a two tenths of a second lead on John Hunter Nemechek; Noah Gragson, Sam Mayer, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Fourteen to go, Noah Gragson has caught up to John Hunter Nemechek as Nemechek challenges leader Justin Allgaier.

Twelve to go, Justin Allgaier has increased the lead on John Hunter Nemechek as Joe Graf Jr gets into the wall after some on track contact and brings out the caution flag.

The field comes down pit road for that final set of fresh tires with a few drivers staying out on the track.  Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road once again.

Riley Herbst and John Hunter Nemechek make contact on pit road.

After staying out on the track, Tyler Reddick brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with AJ Allmendinger on the outside.  Justin Allgaier restarts the race in tenth place with just eight laps remaining in the race.  AJ Allmendinger edges out for the lead from the outside lane.  Justin Allgaier is up to fourth after restarting the race in tenth.

Six to go, Tyler Reddick slaps the wall and brings out the caution flag.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Justin Allgaier on the outside.  There ae just two laps remaining in the race.  After going side by side, Justin Allgaier pulls out for the lead with Noah Gragson taking second.  AJ Allmendinger is falling back on old tires.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag!

After starting the race from the back of the field with a battery issue, Justin Allgaier comes from worst to first to win the race and end a 34 race win drought.

The caution flag came out just as the checkered flag flew for a wreck.

The unofficial results of the race are:
Justin Allgaier
Noah Gragson
Riley Herbst
John Hunter Nemechek
Sam Mayer
L:andon Cassill
Brandon Jones
AJ Allmendinger
Daniel Hemric
Austin Hill
Ryan Sieg
Kyle Weatherman
Brett Moffitt
Jeb Burton
Anthony Alfredo
Ty Gibbs
Tommy Joe Martins
Josh Berry
Alex Labbe
Stefan Parsons
Ryan Vargas
Mason Massey
Bayley Currey
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Josh Bilicki
Tyler Reddick
Patrick Emerling
Kyle Sieg
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Truex
Matt Mills 
Timmy Hill
Josh Williams
Brandon Brown
Joe Graf Jr
Myatt Snider
Sheldon Creed



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