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Noah Gragson takes the Xfinity win at Bristol

Cheddar's 300 presented by Alsco at Bristol Motor Speedway
Monday, June 1, 2020

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 Noah Gragson wins at Bristol
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Noah Gragson held off Chase Briscoe after a bump-and-run with his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier to earn his second victory of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season in a frantic finish to the Cheddar's 300 presented by Alsco at Bristol Motor Speedway

Gragson's No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet edged Briscoe's No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford by a mere 0.328-second for Gragson's second victory of the season, matching his winning work in the Daytona season-opener. And his victory Monday night on the high-banked Bristol half-miler was equally as dramatic as the three-way finish he prevailed in at the big speedway this past February.

Allgaier, who led a race best 156 of the 303 laps, was leading the field when his 21-year old teammate Gragson caught up, pulled alongside and ultimately made contact sending Allgaier's No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet into the wall and out of the race for an 18th-place finish. It marked the third consecutive Bristol race that Allgaier has led at least 100 laps and didn't celebrate in Victory Lane.

As Gragson took the checkered flag he apologized on his radio to his teammate Allgaier as he thanked his team for the winning car. 

"I really apologize to Justin and the 7 team, that's not how I want to race but I saw a position open up, he kind of slipped off the bottom the lap before and I tried to get to the bottom and I just got too loose," Gragson said following his win. "But one heck of a night for this 9-team.”

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Brandon Jones and race polesitter Harrison Burton finished third and fourth followed by Myatt Snider who rallied to a fifth-place finish after starting 22nd.

Daniel Hemric, Brandon Brown, Jeremy Clements, Josh Williams and A.J. Allmendinger rounded out the top-10.

With their top-four finish at Bristol, Gragson, Briscoe, Jones and the rookie Burton have qualified for the first round of the four-race Dash 4 Cash incentive program that begins next weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The highest finisher among those four in the Atlanta race will win an additional $100,000 and automatically earn a spot to try again for another big payday at the next race.

"Last year I don't know if we ever qualified one time for it, this year is a whole new ballgame and I'm showing up to win races," Jones said of the Dash 4 Cash opportunity, adding, "I think we're going to be a competitor when we come to tracks that are eligible."

Monday night's race certainly lived up to the typical Bristol Motor Speedway hype of tough short-track competition where inevitably some drivers leave frustrated while others are smiling.

Despite his disappointment in the outcome, the veteran Allgaier, gave a measured response to the situation telling the PRN radio broadcast, "The team did a great job getting us track position we needed. I'm more mad at myself for making a mistake and getting off the bottom, but yeah, we got wrecked."

However, he made a point of adding, "There's a lot bigger stuff going on in this world."

The early stage wins went to both Gragson (Stage 1) and Allgaier (Stage 2) with Allgaier really taking control of things around the race's midpoint.

Several race favorites were taken out in a typically hard-nosed style of racing that comes at the famed Bristol high-banks with 12 caution periods for 85 laps.

Two drivers among the championship top five coming into the event - Ross Chastain and Austin Cindric made contact a mere six laps into the race – ending Cindric's day and damaging Chastain's Chevrolet enough to hamper him the rest of his night. Cindric finished 36th of 37 cars and Chastain was 28th.

The melee dropped Cindric from second place in the standings to sixth place - now 56 points behind the leader Briscoe. Gragson's victory moved him up to second in the standings only nine points behind Briscoe. Chastain is fifth in the championship, 52 points back from the series standings lead.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series moves to the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway for a doubleheader with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series on Saturday, June 6.

RACE RESULTS

Fin St # Driver Sponsor/Make Laps Led Pts Status
1 9 9 Noah Gragson Plan B Sales Chevrolet 303 55 59 Running
2 11 98 Chase Briscoe HighPoint Ford 303 0 49 Running
3 2 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Pelonis Toyota 303 0 43 Running
4 1 20 Harrison Burton # DEX Imaging/Fields Toyota 303 81 40 Running
5 22 21 Myatt Snider TaxSlayer Chevrolet 303 0 36 Running
6 8 8 Daniel Hemric South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 303 0 41 Running
7 21 68 Brandon Brown Mid Atlantic Wrecker Services Chevrolet 303 0 30 Running
8 29 51 Jeremy Clements All South Electric Chevrolet 303 0 29 Running
9 23 92 Josh Williams Frog Fuel/Verve Chevrolet 303 0 28 Running
10 27 16 AJ Allmendinger Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet 303 0 31 Running
11 24 6 BJ McLeod Medek Health Chevrolet 303 0 26 Running
12 14 78 Vinnie Miller Koolbox Chevrolet 303 0 25 Running
13 36 8 Joe Graf Jr. # CORE Development Group Chevrolet 303 0 24 Running
14 25 61 Timmy Hill(i) RoofClaim.com Toyota 303 0 0 Running
15 18 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt Medek Health Chevrolet 301 0 22 Running
16 5 39 Ryan Sieg CMRRoofing.com Chevrolet 300 6 23 Running
17 4 11 Justin Haley LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 299 1 35 Running
18 10 7 Justin Allgaier Suave Men Chevrolet 297 156 38 Accident
19 26 15 Colby Howard Project Hope Foundation Chevrolet 296 0 18 Running
20 33 74 Bayley Currey(i) Save22.Vet Chevrolet 295 0 0 Running
21 30 52 Kody Vanderwal # Circle Track Warehouse Chevrolet 293 0 16 Running
22 13 7 Carson Ware Jacob Construction Chevrolet 289 0 15 Running
23 35 44 Tommy Joe Martins Gilreath Farms Red Angus Chevrolet 284 0 14 Running
24 17 13 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Toyota 277 0 13 Running
25 31 5 Matt Mills J.F. Electric Chevrolet 268 0 12 Clutch
26 15 4 Jesse Little # Visit Kingsport/Tufco Chevrolet 260 0 11 Running
27 7 18 Riley Herbst # Monster Energy Toyota 256 4 17 Accident
28 6 10 Ross Chastain Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet 255 0 9 Running
29 20 2 Patrick Emerling Robert B. Our Inc. Chevrolet 140 0 8 Accident
30 34 99 Mason Massey Gerber Collision & Glass Toyota 111 0 7 Running
31 19 90 Ronnie Bassett Jr. Bassett Gutters & More Chevrolet 77 0 6 Engine
32 28 47 Joe Nemechek(i) Mutt and Jeff Porkskins Inc. Chevrolet 69 0 0 Accident
33 32 36 Alex Labbe Prolon Controls Chevrolet 41 0 4 Overheating
34 37 66 Stephen Leicht MBM Motorsports Toyota 23 0 3 Suspension
35 16 93 Jeff Green C2 Freight Chevrolet 19 0 2 Ignition
36 3 22 Austin Cindric Odyssey Battery Ford 8 0 1 Accident
37 12 1 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet 5 0 1 Accident

 

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