Cindric Makes Late Pass for 1st Victory

For the 6th time this season, the Xfinity Series field featured experienced Cup Series regulars including Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and AJ Allmendinger. However, for the first time this season, an Xfinity Series driver outdrove a Cup veteran for the win.  And it all took place on a road course during the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen.

LAP 1: The top two drivers of Kyle Busch and Austin Cindric battled side-by-side from the start line, with Busch eventually taking the lead in Turn 4. Meanwhile, Tyler Reddick got loose and slid through the grass on the back straight.

CAUTION – LAP  11: The #35 of Joey Gase experienced a clutch failure and came to a stop at the exit of Turn 1, which triggered the caution and the end of his day.

CAUTION – LAP 15: In an overly aggressive move for position, Justin Allgaier in the #7 went to the outside of the #4 of Ross Chastain in the inner loop. In an attempt to make the corner, Allgaier turned in front of Chastain and the #4 didn’t lift. Allgaier was turned and slid into the tire barrier. The #7 was able to continue the race after a quick trip to pit road.

STAGE 1 END – LAP 20: The stage finished under caution due to the previous incident, allowing Kyle Busch to win after leading every lap. Of course, being a Cup Series driver, Busch was not eligible for the playoff points awarded to the stage winner. Busch pitted during the stage break which put fellow Cup driver Ryan Blaney in the lead.

CAUTION – LAP 23: Justin Allgaier was on a mission to hunt down Ross Chastain. When he caught up to the #4, Allgaier flat-out wrecked Chastain by staying on the back bumper and pushing the #4 into the wall. Chastain’s day was over as the car was too badly damaged to continue. NASCAR didn’t intervene as it was ruled a “racing incident under green”.

CAUTION – LAP 35: Kyle Busch dove underneath Ryan Blaney and hopped the curb with all 4 tires. Busch made the pass stick, but the move broke the front suspension. Busch was out of the race, which put Blaney, AJ Allmendinger, and Austin Cindric in contention for the win.

STAGE 2 END – LAP 40: AJ Allmendinger muscled past Ryan Blaney and won the stage. Again, since he isn’t an Xfinity Series regular, Blaney was not eligible for points.

CAUTION – LAP 70: With 10 laps to go, the yellow flag waved for debris in the chicane. Allmendinger continued to lead, while Austin Cindric pitted for fresh tires.

CAUTION – LAP 74: On the restart, Turn 1 saw a pile up involving the #93 of Josh Billiki, the #11 of Justin Haley, the #19 of Brandon Jones, the #15 of BJ McLeod, the #8 of Daniel Hemric, and lastly, the #98 of Chase Briscoe. the #22 of Austin Cindric, who was coming from further back in the field due to the previous pit, went around the entire collision to put himself back in position for the win.

LAP 76: Cindric and Allmendinger took off on the restart, leaving Blaney and the rest of the field behind. The two battled cleanly and were neck-and-neck through every turn.

CHECKERED FLAG – LAP 82: On the final lap, Cindric made a great pass on Allmendinger and captured his first Xfinity win in his career.

RESULTS: 

  1. Austin Cindric
  2. AJ Allmendinger (2nd place disqualified for failing post-race inspection)
  3. Christopher Bell
  4. Justin Allgaier
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Tyler Reddick
  7. Chase Briscoe
  8. Cole Custer
  9. Michael Annett
  10. Noah Gragson
  11. Ryan Preece
  12. Jeremy Clements
  13. John H Nemechek
  14. Scott Heckert
  15. Justin Haley
  16. Gray Gaulding
  17. Alex Labbe
  18. Brandon Jones
  19. Brandon Brown
  20. Josh Williams
  21. Stephan Leicht
  22. Cody Ware
  23. Ray Black Jr
  24. Standton Barrett
  25. Garrett Smithley
  26. Dan Corcoran
  27. Josh Bilicki
  28. BJ Mcleod
  29. Tommy Joe Martins
  30. David Starr
  31. Ryan Sieg
  32. Kyle Busch
  33. Chad Finchum
  34. Ross Chastain
  35. Joey Gase
  36. JJ Yeley
  37. Vinnie Miller
  38. AJ Allmendinger

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