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Justin Allgaier Dominates the Opening Round of the Nascar Xfinity Series Playoffs at Thunder Valley.

Photo by: Anthony Holbrook

Bristol, TN.  – September 16, 2023

The Nascar Xfinity Series traveled to Bristol Motor Speedway for 300 laps on the “World’s Fastest Half Mile Track.” 

This race kicked off the 2023 Xfinity Championship, many eyes were set on returning 2004 Race Winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. debuting in one of two NASCAR Cup Series starts this 2023 season.

Food City 300  

Stage 1 Recap:

The opening green flag went to pole sitter Cole Custer as he used the progressive high line to secure the lead.  The field would eventually move to the lower and preferable lane around the track in the early-Stage 1 segment.

With the sun setting and 10 laps remaining in Stage 1, drivers were challenged to adapt as the track itself began to change.

The favored lane now shifted to the High Lane, allowing drivers to catapult out of turns and advance through the field.

Cole utilized the high line to his advantage and cross under the Stage 1 Checker flag first!

Cole Custer dominates Stage 1 at Thunder Valley!

Food City 300  

Stage 1 Results:

1. Cole Custer

2. Justin Allgaier

3. Brandon Jones

4. John Hunter Nemechek

5. Trevor Bayne

6. Chandler Smith

7. Parker Kligerman

8. Sam Mayer

9. Dale Earnhardt Jr

10. Sammy Smith

Food City 300   

Stage 2 Recap:

Cole Custer and Justin Allgaier continued to clash in the 2nd segment, interchanging lanes and lead.  Allgaier paced the field while 40-year-old veteran Dale Earnhardt Jr.  patiently eased his way to the front to contend with the leaders by lap 110. In due course, Dale Jr required pit service and had to forfeit his track position.

Justin Allgaier survived a late charge from Cole Custer for Stage 2 Honors at Bristol Motor Speedway!

Food City 300

Stage 2 Results:

1. Justin Allgaier

2. Cole Custer

3. Austin Hill

4. Dale Earnhardt Jr

5. Trevor Bayne

6. John Hunter Nemechek

7. Daniel Hemric

8. Riley Herbst

9. Chandler Smith

10. Jeffrey Earnhardt

Food City 300

Final Stage Recap:

The final scheduled stage caution invited many of the leaders, Dale Earnhardt Jr. opted to decline pit service and lead the pack to green.

An untimely caution courtesy of Jeremy Clements divided pit cycles as teams gambled with pit decision. Earnhardt Jr. continued to set the pace, beside team-driver Allgaier a close 2nd.

Dale Jr. relinquishes his lead when he had to pit for service after Austin Hill and teammate Sheldon Creed’s disastrous confrontation.   Allgaier resumed control of the race lead, refusing Pit Service for a Real-Estate voucher.

With 30 laps remaining, Dale Jr. noticed an interior fire around the floor footing section.  Earnhardt Jr. was removed from the car and the flawed wiring will be investigated.

With 13 laps to go, Allgaier shot past Daniel Hemric to take the lead. Justin Allgaier dominated the opening Playoff Race with the Victory at Bristol Motor Speedway!

Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Food City 300 Race Results

Pos | Driver

1. Justin Allgaier

2. Daniel Hemric

3. John Hunter Nemechek

4. Cole Custer

5. Chandler Smith

6. Ryan Sieg

7. Trevor Bayne

8. Riley Herbst

9. Sammy Smith

10. Kaz Grala

11. Sheldon Creed

12. Derek Kraus

13. Jeb Burton

14. Connor Mosack

15. Parker Retzlaff

16. Brett Moffitt

17. Rajah Caruth

18. Ryan Ellis

19. Stefan Parsons

20. Josh Williams

21. Kyle Sieg

22. Brennan Poole

23. Kyle Weatherman

24. Jeremy Clements

25. Anthony Alfredo

26. Joe Graf Jr

27. Josh Bilicki

28. Blaine Perkins

29. Chad Finchum

30. Dale Earnhardt Jr

31. Parker Kligerman

32. Jeffrey Earnhardt

33. Austin Hill

34. Brandon Jones

35. Sam Mayer

36. Josh Berry

37. BJ McLeod

38. Timmy Hill

Bristol Motor Speedway

NASCAR Xfinity Points Standing

(After Food City 300   9/15/2023)

Pos | Driver | Points

1. Justin Allgaier |  1 Win

2. John Hunter Nemechek |  +65

3. Cole Custer | +39

4. Austin Hill   | +21

5. Chandler Smith   | +18

6. Daniel Hemric   | +12

7. Sammy Smith |  +5

8. Sheldon Creed |  +4

— Round of 8 Cutline —

9. Jeb Burton |  -4

10. Sam Mayer |  -14

11. Parker Kligerman |  -22

12. Josh Berry |  -24

The NASCAR Xfinity Series locates to the Lone star State, for the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300, hosted by the Texas Motor Speedway: 

Saturday, Sept 23, 2023

3:30 pm E.T.

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