This week the Xfinity Series kicks off a doubleheader weekend of road racing at Road America for the Henry 180.
Road America features 14 turns and over four miles of racing course.
A total of 41 teams brought cars to the track this weekend for 38 spots.
Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson, Cole Custer, and Tyler Reddick will all be a part of the race; as well as, IndyCar driver Miguel Paludo who is driving for JR Motorsports.
Eighteen year old Sammy Smith is making his Xfinity Series debut this weekend.
AJ Allmendinger will have to start the race from the back of the field after his car has some brake issues and is in the garage for repairs.
For qualifying, the drivers have been divided into two groups; the top five from each group will compete for the pole.
From group A – Sam Mayer, Tyler Reddick, Ty Dillon, Cole Custer, Ty Gibbs, and Sheldon Creed will all be competing for the pole.
In group B – Kyle Larson, Riley Herbst, Noah Gragson, Sammy Smith, and Austin Hill will compete for the pole.
The top 10 drivers have 10 minutes to make their fastest run. The driver with the fastest time will sit on the pole.
With a time of 2:14.31, Kyle Larson puts the Hendrick Motorsports number 17 car on the pole with Ty Gibbs alongside on the front row. The 17 car is in tribute of Hendricks’ son Ricky who died in a plane crash 17 years ago.
Ryan Vargas, JJ Yeley, and Dexter Bean failed to qualify for the race.
The starting lineup for the Henry 180:
John Hunter Nemechek
Joe Graf Jr
Several drivers will join AJ Allmendinger in starting from the back of the field…Bayley Currey, Justin Allgaier, Josh Berry, Landon Cassill, John Hunter Nemechek, Jeb Burton, Myatt Snider, and Patrick Gallagher all for unapproved adjustments; and the number 34 car with a driver change. Kyle Weatherman qualified the car but Jesse Iwuji will be running the race.
With only 45 laps around the four mile track, the stages are going to be very short. Stages one and two are only 10 laps each with stage three lasting 25 laps. The drivers can run 16 to 18 laps on a single load of fuel and will have to make a pit stop in the final stage.
Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front for the lead. The race is under review for Larson jumping the green flag.
NASCAR has deemed the start was good.
Lap two, Kyle Larson has a third of a second lead on Ty Gibbs; Cole Custer, Riley Herbst, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five. After starting in the back of the field Justin Allgaier has entered the top 20 and AJ Allmendinger is in the top 25.
Ty Gibbs has closed the gap on leader Kyle Larson. Larson has spent the morning qualifying his Cup car and must get used to a different car with the Xfinity Series car.
Lap three, AJ Allmendinger is now in the top 20.
In just three laps AJ Allmendinger has advanced 19 spots and Justin Allgaier has advanced 15 spots. Also starting at the back of the field, John Hunter Nemechek has moved up eight spots.
Lap three, the top five remain Kyle Larson, Ty Gibbs, Cole Custer, Riley Herbst, and Sheldon Creed.
Lap five, Ty Gibbs challenges Kyle Larson for the lead but Larson holds him off. AJ Allmendinger is in the top 15.
The top five are Kyle Larson, Ty Gibbs, Cole Custer, Riley Herbst, and Sheldon Creed.
Ty Gibbs and Cole Custer battle for second with Custer taking the spot.
Kyle Larson has pulled out to a one second lead on Cole Custer; Ty Gibbs is in third with Riley Herbst and Sheldon Creed rounding out the top five.
Landon Cassill gets off the track but recovers and gets going again after being run off by Ty Dillon.
Lap six, Kyle Larson now has a second and a half lead on Ty Gibbs; Cole Custer, Riley Herbst, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five.
Noah Gragson also started from the back of the field and is now in the top 10.
After moving up to 24th place, John Hunter Nemechek is in last place after making a pit stop on lap seven.
More drivers are making green flag pit stops before the end of the stage.
Andy Lally and Anthony Alfredo get loose and spin out after Lally has a wheel hop issue.
Brett Moffitt gets off the track and into the tire wall. The caution flag comes out when Moffitt cannot get out of the gravel pit.
AJ Allmendinger has entered the top 10.
Tyler Reddick will have to restart the race from the back of the field after running through too many pit boxes exiting pit road.
Stage one ends under caution with Kyle Larson winning the stage.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
The teams have only three sets of tires for today’s race.
Drivers come down pit road including leader Kyle Larson but Ty Gibbs stayed out on the track. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road but will restart the race back in the field.
Chris Dyson was charged with a crew member coming over the wall too soon.
After spinning out on pit road Andy Lally back into his pit box.
Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the outside lane on lap 13.
Anthony Alfredo makes an unscheduled trip down pit lane for a flat tire.
Ty Gibbs takes the lead with Brandon Jones in second.
After starting the race from the back of the field, AJ Allmendinger restarts the race in third and comes up to battle Ty Gibbs for the lead and takes the spot.
The top five are AJ Allmendinger, Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Hill. Kyle Larson is mired back in 14th place.
Lap 14, Ty Gibbs retakes the lead from AJ Allmendinger.
Drivers are three wide across the track as Kyle Larson enters the top 10.
Lap 15, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second on AJ Allmendinger; Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, and Sheldon Creed round out the top five. Kyle Larson is just outside the top five in sixth.
Lap 16, Sam Mayer bounces off the curb and spins out but the track stays green/
After restarting the race in the middle of the pack, Kyle Larson has moved through the field and retaken the lead from Ty Gibbs; AJ Allmendinger, Sheldon Creed, and Joh Hunter Nemechek round out the top five.
Anthony Alfredo has an on track issue but saves the car and makes his way to pit road; the track stays green.
Lap 17 Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger, and Brandon Jones are among the drivers who have to come down pit road for their first pit stop. They can make it to the end of the race on just one more pit stop.
There is a tire carcass on the track.
Lap 19, Kyle Larson has a near three second lead on Sheldon Creed; John Hunter Nemechek, Justin Allgaier, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.
Kyle Larson wins stage two for the stage sweep.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Some of the drivers come down pit road for service while others stay out on the track.
Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the outside lane with Sheldon Creed alongside on lap 24. Kyle Larson gets out in front as drivers get three wide across the track.
The top five are Kyle Larson, Cole Custer, Sheldon Creed, Justin Allgaier, and Riley Herbst. AJ Allmendinger is in 10th with Ty Gibbs right behind him.
Lap 25, Kyle Larson has a half second lead on Cole Custer; AJ Allmendinger is just outside the top five in sixth.
Sage Karam is the start of a big wreck that brings out the caution flag. Josh Bilicki has a Sargento sign attached to the front of his car. Brandon Brown is out of his car but sitting against the wall. After several moments Brown stands up with help to make his way to the ambulance for a wide to the infield care center.
After a battle between Noah Gragson and Sage Karam; Brandon Brown, John Hunter Nemechek, Josh Bilicki, Tyler Reddick, Myatt Snider, Brett Moffitt, Bayley Currey, Andy Lally, Landon Cassill, Daniel Hemric, and Jeremy Clements were all involved as they tried to move through the flying dust.
Once pit road opens several of the drivers come down pit road for what they hope is the final pit stop of the race.
Riley Herbst nearly hit Sheldon Creed and Creed’s crew members trying to get into his pit stall. Herbst was issued a safety violation by NASCAR and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.
AJ Allmendinger was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.
After staying out on the track, Justin Allgaier leads the race and brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 17 laps remaining in the race with Jeremy Clements alongside. Justin Allgaier gets out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide in the field.
Jeremy Clements takes the lead with Kyle Larson on his bumper. Cole Custer takes third with Justin Allgaier in fourth and Ty Gibbs in fifth.
Kyle Larson passes Jeremy Clements for the lead with Cole Custer taking second; Jeremy Clements, Ty Gibbs, and Alex Labbe round out the top five.
Kyle Larson and Cole Custer battle for the lead with Custer getting out in front. Kyle Larson continues to battle for the position.
Justin Allgaier makes his green flag pit stop.
With 16 laps to go Cole Custer leads the race with Kyle Larson in second; Ty Gibbs, Jeremy Clements, and Austin Hill round out the top five.
There are 27 cars on the track.
Lap 29, Cole Custer has a half second lead on Kyle Larson; Ty Gibbs, Jeremy Clenents, and Austin Hill round out the top five.
Lap 30, after restarting the race back in the field, AJ Allmendinger is just outside of the top 10 in eleventh.
Austin Hill passes Jeremy Clements for fourth.
Lap 31, Cole Custer has a lead of over a second on Kyle Larson; Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, and Jeremy Clements rounds out the top five. Over eight seconds separates Custer and Austin Hill.
Josh Bilicki spins out after some on track contact but the track stays green.
Twelve to go, Cole Custer has a one second lead on Kyle Larson with Ty Gibbs in third; Austin Hill and Brandon Jones round out the top five.
Brandon Brown said that he is okay but had the wind knocked out of him and took a hit to a vulnerable spot.
Lap 32 Chris Dyson brings out the caution flag when he gets off into the gravel.
Josh Berry comes down pit road for some repairs.
Drivers come down pit road for service including that last set of sticker tires. Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.
Cole Custer had a slow pit stop; hitting a tire from Preston Pardus on the way out.
Noah Gragson and Patrick Gallagher were caught speeding on pit road.
Preston Pardus had too many crew members over the wall.
Jeremy Clements was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart with just nine laps remaining in the race. Drivers quickly get three wide in a battle for position.
Kyle Larson gets out in front for the lead and quickly pulls out to a one second lead; Ty Gibbs, Ryan Sieg, Josh Berry, and Austin Hill round out the top five. Cole Custer gets loose and loses a few spots on the track.
With plenty of fuel to make it to the end of the race, Kyle Larson has pulled out to a two second lead on Ty Gibbs; Josh Berry, Austin Hill, and Cole Custer round out the top five with AJ Allmendinger in eighth.
The two car of Sheldon Creed is smoking and is slowed on the track.
Anthony Alfredo is the only car on the track not on the lead lap; he is two laps down with 28 cars on the lead lap.
Andy Lally is losing car parts along the track.
Eight to go, Kyle Larson has a two second lead on Ty Gibbs; Cole Custer, Josh Berry, and Austin Hill round out the top five.
Seven to go, Ty Gibbs has cut into Kyle Larson’s lead which is now under two seconds; Cole Custer, Austin Hill, and Josh Berry round out the top five. AJ Allmendinger is mired back in eighth place.
Six to go, Kyle Larson has a near two second lead on Ty Gibbs. There has never been a driver sweep the stages and win the race on a road course in the Xfinity Series.
Five to go, the top 10 drivers are separated by over 21 seconds.
Patrick Gallagher spins out but the track stays green.
Four to go, Kyle Larson has a two second lead on Ty Gibbs; Cole Custer, Austin Hill, and Josh Berry round out the top five.
Three to go, Kyle Larson has increased his lead to over two and a half seconds on Ty Gibbs.
Two to go, Kyle Larson has a three second lead on Ty Gibbs. The paint scheme on Larson’s car is the exact same one that was on Ricky Hendrick’s truck with the same number. Hendricks died 17 years ago in a plane crash on the way to the track.
Cole Custer spins out and has a lot of damage to his car and brings out the caution flag after hitting the wall. Just before the wreck, Custer reported that his brakes had blown out.
The race goes into overtime!
NBC’s Jeff Burton noted that this is the fifth overtime finish for the Xfinity drivers; the previous four overtime finishes needed multiple attempts to complete the race.
Kyle Larson brings the filed down for the overtime two lap shootout for the end of the race with Ty Gibbs alongside. Ty Gibbs gets out in front for the lead but Kyle Larson comes back to battle for the spot with Josh Berry in third.
Kyle Larson gets out in front and puts some space between himself and Ty Gibbs; Josh Berry, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Hill round out the top five.
Kyle Larson takes the white flag with Ty Gibbs just a tenth of a second back. Ty Gibbs passes Kyle Larson for the lead. Larson continues to battle for the lead but so far Ty Gibbs has held him off.
Going into the final turn, Ty Gibbs holds off Kyle Larson to wins the race for his fourth win of the season.
The unofficial results of the Henry 180:
John Hunter Nemechek
Joe Graf Jr