Rain Shortens Xfinity Race in Kansas

Xfinity Series

Just two races remain in the regular season for the Xfinity Series drivers. So far, seven drivers have locked in spots in the playoffs with at least one race win. Five spots remain open for drivers to work their way into the playoffs.

During the 20 minute practice session, Stefan Parsons spun out but kept the car off the wall. Justin Allgaier reported numerous issues with his car including a stuck tachometer and sof brakes.

Thirty-nine teams brought cars to Kansas Speedway for 38 starting spots.

The first car on the track to make a qualifying run is Brennan Poole who posted a time of 32.457 seconds around the mile and a half track.

Several of the drivers were fighting a loose condition in their cars while making a qualifying run and had to fight to save the car from wrecking.

Matt Mills is under the weather this week and Garrett Smithley is taking over the driving duties in the number five car.

Jesse Iwuji and Kyle Weatherman continue to share the driving duties in the number 34 car; this week Kyle Weatherman practiced and qualfied the car but Jesse Iwuji is driving the car in the race.

Brandon Brown was the first driver to break the 32 second mark with a time of 31.898 seconds.

Kris Wright spins out during his qualifying run and barely backs into the wall. He did not complete his qualifying run.

Ryan Vargas spun out and hit the wall hard causing significant damage to the right side of his number six car during his qualifying run. He will have to make a mandatory trip to the infield care center and will have to start the race from the back of the field in a backup car.

Posting a time of 30.911 seconds, Brandon Jones puts his number 19 car on the pole. He is the first driver to break the 31 second mark. After topping lap times in practice, Ty Gibbs will start alongside of Jones on the front row with a time of 30.942 seconds.

Part time drivers Akinori Ogata is the lone driver who failed to make the race.

The starting lineup for the Kansas Lottery 300:
Brandon Jones
Ty Gibbs
Sheldon Creed
AJ Allmendinger
Noah Gragson
Austin Hill
Daniel Hemric
Sam Mayer
Justin Allgaier
Josh Berry
Sammy Smith
Riley Herbst
Ryan Sieg
Landon Cassill
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Jeremy Clements
Kyle Weatherman
Jeb Burton
Brandon Brown
Myatt Snider
Anthony Alfredo
Bayley Currey
Mason Massey
Howie Disavino III
Dillon Bassett
Rajah Caruth
JJ Yeley
Josh Williams
Brennan Poole
David Starr
CJ McLaughlin
Garrett Smithley
Stefan Parsons
Derek Griffith
Joey Gase
Kris Wright
Ryan Vargas

Joey Gase, Josh Williams, CJ McLaughlin, Brennan Poole, JJ Yeley, Kris Wright, Stefan Parsons, and Brandon Brown will all be moved the back of the field after their crews made unapproved adjustments to the cars. Jesse Iwuji in the number 34 car not only had some unapproved adjustments made, there is a driver change form Kyle Weatherman to Iwuji.

This is the first trip to Kansas Speedway for the Xfinity Series drivers and the first time many of the drivers will race on the track.

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for 200 laps around the mile and a half track. Drivers can run 55 to 60 laps on a single load of fuel. The teams were given just four sets of tires for today’s race.

Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and goes sided by side with Ty Gibbs before Jones gets out in front for the lead. Drivers quickly get three wide across the track already looking to advance their positions.

Lap two, Brandon Jones leads the race with Ty Gibbs in second; Sheldon Creed, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Las three Ty Gibbs battles with Brandon Jones for the lead. After nearly losing the lead, Jones holds on to stay out front.

Lap four, Brandon Jones has the lead with Ty Gibbs in second; AJ Allmendinger, Sheldon Creed, and Austin Hill round out the top five.

Lap five, Ty Gibbs again comes up to battle with Brandon Jones for the lead and this time, Gibbs passes Jones to take the lead.

Lap seven, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a third of a second lead on Brandon Jones; AJ Allmendinger, Sheldon Creed, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.

Lap eight, Noah Gragson passes Sheldon Creed for fourth and is in danger of losing fifith to Justin Allgaier.

Lap nine, Justin Allgaier passes Sheldon Creed for fifth.

Lap eleven, Ty Gibbs holds on to the lead with Brandon Jones in second; AJ Allmendinger, Noah Gragson, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 19, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger is reporting some issues with his car.

Lap 20 Justin Allgaier challenges AJ Allmendinger for fifth.

Daniel Hemric is reporting some tight issues in his car.

Lap 22, Josh Berry reports that he is very very loose.

Lap 23, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second and a half on Brandon Jones; Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap on lap 25 with all 38 drivers on the track.

Lap 26, Brandon Jones has closed the gap on leader Ty Gibbs to under a second and a half.

Lap 27, Ty Gibbs continues to lap cars and there are 26 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 28, Ty Gibbs has a lead of nearly two seconds on Brandon Jones; Noah Gragson, Smmy Smith, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Continuing to battle issues with his car, Sheldon Creed has dropped out of the top 10 and is currently in 12th ater starting the race in third place.

Ten laps remain in stage one, Ty Gibbs continues to lead the race with a lead of over two and a half seconds; Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, Sammy Smith, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five with just 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 38, Brandon Jonesn and Noah Gragson battle for second.

With six laps remaining in stage one, Noah Gragson takes second; over three and a half seconds behind leader Ty Gibbs.

With four laps remaining in stage one, teammates Sam Mayer and Josh Berry battle for 10th with Josh Berry taking the spot. Josh Berry reports that the car is almost undrivable. He reports to the crew that he doesn’t care how long they have to sit on pit road, he wants the car fixed.

Ty Gibbs wins stage one by over two seconds over Noah Gragson.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ty Gibbs
Noah Gragson
Brandon Jones
Sammy Smith
Justin Allgaier
Brett Moffitt
Austin Hill
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Riley Herbst

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ty Gibbs edging out Noah Gragson to win the race of off pit road.

NBC broadcaster Dale Earnhardt Jr reports that there is rain in the area.

Ty Gibbs brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two from the inside lane with Noah Gragson alongside on lap 52. Gibbs gets out in front for the lead and pulls away from the field.

The top five are Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill, Noah Gragsn, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 54, Ty Gibbs has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Noah Gragson; Austin Hill, Justin Allgaier, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Brett Moffit brushes the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 58, Ty Gibbs has a one second lead on Noah Gragson; Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.

Noah Gragson’s crew chief reports that rain is about 35 minutes away.

Lap 61, Ty Gibbs has a lead of over a second on Noah Gragson; Justin Allgaier, Austin Hill, and Brandon Jones round out the top five. Josh Berry has moved up to seventh place after restarting the race in 13th place.

Lap 63, Myatt Snider is the last car on the lead lap in 19th place.

Josh Berry has moved up to sixth place after the crew made some adjustments during the stage break.

After making qualifying runs with temperatures in the 90’s, temperatures are much cooler; causing a change in car conditions.

Jeremy Clemnets looses control heading for pit road and brings out the caution flag on lap 71.

Several of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires including the leaders; while others stay out on the track to gain track position.

After staying out on the track, Austin Hill is the new leader. Brett Moffitt and Ryan Sieg also stayed out on the track.

Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane with Brett Moffitt alongside. Drivers fan out o as many as six wide going into turn one. Austin Hill is the leader but Noah Gragson comes up to pass Hill and take the lead.

Lap 77, the top five are Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and Justin Allgaier.

Lap 78, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Justin Allgaier; Brandon Jones, Ty Gibbs, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

With 10 laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to a second and a half on Justin Allgaier; Ty Gibbs, Brandon Jones, and Sammy Smith round out the top five.

Lap 82, Noah Gragson continues to pull away with a lead of over s second and a half on Justin Allgaier when the caution flag comes out for rain.

Since the big pile up in Daytona due to rain on the track, NASCAR has been quick to throw the caution flag when just a few raindrops hit the track.

The drivers are making laps under caution speeds with seven laps remaining in stage two.

Drivers who stayed out on the track during the last caution flag come down pit road for fresh tires.

NASCAR is looking to finish the stage under the green flag. Noah Gragson brings the field down for a two lap shootout to end stage two as the rain drops begin to fall. The caution lights come back on and the green flag is waved off.

NASCAR again tries to end the stage under the green flag with a two lap shootout to end the stage. Noah Gragson brings the field down from the outside lane with teammate Justin Allgaier alongside. Gragson and Allgaier go side by side with Gragson getting out in front as drivers spread out across the track.

Noah Gragson has the lead but Ty Gibbs comes up from the outside to challenge Gragson.

Noah Gragson holds on to win stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Sammy Smith
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt

Justin Allgaier and Ty Gibbs make some heavy contact coming to the green and white checkered flag.

Winds have picked up and there are some misting sprinkles around the track as inclement weather leads a cold front coming through the area.

Lap 94, NASCAR brings the cars down pit road and park them as they display the red flag.

Drivers are out of the cars and crews cover the cars as the rain begins to pick up.

In a short time the track is soak and has been “lost” as it begins to pour down rain.

Kansas Speedway is the only track that Noah Gragson has failed to finish in the top 10.

At 4:37pmEDT, NASCAR has called the race; which gives Noah Gragson the win for his 10th career win.

NASCAR would not allow a burnout but he and the crew did climb the fence in celebration.

The unofficial results of the rain shortened Kansas Lottery 300:
Noah Gragson
Justin Allgaier
Ty Gibbs
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
AJ Allmendinger
Josh Berry
Sammy Smith
Sam Mayer
Brett Moffitt
Sheldon Creed
Austin Hill
Landon Cassill
Ryan Sieg
Daniel Hemric
Riley Herbst
Brandon Brown
Anthony Alfredo
Myatt Snider
Kris Wright
Jeremy Clements
JJ Yeley
David Starr
Josh Williams
Rajah Caruth
Stefan Parsons
Derek Griffith
Howie Disavino III
Dillon Bassett
Joey Gase
Mason Massey
Garrett Smithley
Ryan Vargas
CJ McLaughlin
Bayley Currey
Jesse Iwuji
Brennan Poole
Jeb Burton



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