Three in a Row for Cindric After Busch Too Low in Tech

(FORT WORTH, TX - JULY 18, 2020 - RIS) Kyle Busch stamped his logo on the My Bariatric 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race with his 98th career series win, overcoming a speeding penalty and slick track - until the post-race inspection found his car in violation of the height rules, handing Austin Cindric his third-straight series win after the young driver swept last week's pair of races at Kentucky Speedway.

Austin Cindric finished second but won the race after Kyle Busch's car failed the height check after he scored what would have been his 98th NACAR Xfinity Series victory at Texas Motor Speedway. Busch started back in the field, then had a penalty for speeding on pit road and went on to lead at the checkered flag. Cindric started in third and sped into the lead on the first lap with a lead of over a half second in just three laps over Michael Annett and Jeb Burton, who had filled the front row at the green flag.

Noah Gragson's aggressive pass attempt for tenth sent Riley Herbst into the wall after only four laps, reportedly the twelfth incident for Gragson in 18 races this season. Herbst could not meet the minimum speed rule after repairs and his car was parked for the race with only nine laps scored. "Yeah, it really sucks honestly," reported Herbst. "I hate it for my guys we were just learning the track here at Texas, first time at this speedway and got absolutely drove through by the 9 (Noah Gragson) car. Just a little bit of lack of respect. So it's a real big bummer because we came off two really strong runs at Kentucky and thought we could follow it up here at Texas with another strong run, and we get used up on lap five. So it's a shame."

On the restart lap, Jeb Burton moved low into Ross Chastain, almost spinning as Chastain backed out of the throttle to avoid harder contact. Myatt Snider wrecked off the second turn after possible contact from Matt Mills' car. This caution, starting on lap 17, included the competition caution. Justin Allgaier took the lead from Cindric and went on to win the first stage. Kyle Busch assumed the lead but a penalty for speeding on pit road dropped him to the back of the field.

Allgaier led, then a spin by Cody Vanderwal led to another caution with Cindric chasing Allgaier to the end of the second stage, with Allgaier taking this stage as well for his seventh stage win of 2020.

Cindric's crew had problems on his stop, losing four positions on the track and Kyle Busch moved around Anthony Alfredo, who gained the lead during the pit stops, only to have Alfredo move back to the lead as Busch had a 'big wiggle' and dropped back a couple of positions. A few laps later, with Alfredo back several spots and Allgaier leading, the youngster got into loose debris and slammed the wall, causing another caution. 

After the restart, Kyle Busch easily took the lead from Allgaier to end lap 115, with Noah Gragson and Austin Cindric in pursuit, then Gragson hit the wall twice, after an air push from Cindric's car.

Allgaier and Cindric led the field on the restart with 77 laps left in the 200 and Allgaier moved ahead initially. 

Cindric took advantage of a lift by Allgaier for lapped traffic to retake the lead as the probable final round of green flag stops began, Cindric and Allgaier stopped together, with Busch, then Harrison Burton inheriting the lead. Busch pitted a lap after Allgaier and Cindric but moved to chasing Allgaier for position in just a lap. Allgaier got penalized for violating the blend line exiting the pits, dropping him well back in the running after a drive-through of pit road.

Joe Graf Jr had a partial spin that brought out a caution to throw the race into overtime, with Kyle Busch ahead of Cindric, making his total of Xfinity Series race wins 98. Cindric took second with Brisco, Allgaier and Burton taking the top five positions.

How were you able to come from the back so many times in today's race? "These Xfinity cars, they don't have a whole lot of grip so you're definitely battling it," said Busch in Victory Lane. "The Twix Cookies & Cream Supra here was better than the rest, it was pretty good. That last run we were a little too tight and I was kind of worried that the 7 (Justin Allgaier) was going to have something for us, but then they had a penalty. The 22 (Austin Cindric) was kind of charging on me and catching me a little bit, but then he kind of stalled out and that was it.

"We just made it hard on ourselves having to go to the back that time with the speeding penalty. The car was a really good car – this Twix Cookies & Cream Supra here was really awesome. Just better than all the rest and able to make time when I needed to and then ride when I needed to. There at the end, we were trying to tighten it up all day and there at the end we were too tight and I just had to make sure I took care of the right-front tire there that last run. The 22 (Austin Cindric) was catching us a little bit, but then he kind of fell off and stabilized. There at the end, coming up for a restart, you never know what to expect. Great car, great job by everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing. Appreciate Rowdy Energy, M&M's, Interstate Batteries and everybody to help me with this Xfinity program."

The winner was asked about the possibilities of sweeping the weekend, as he is entered in all three: "No, no, not even close. We'll be able to get tonight, but I don't know about tomorrow."

Unofficial Results, My Bariatric Solutions 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race, Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

UPDATED: No. 54 Disqualified - Failed Post-Race Inspection

Fin, Str, Driver, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 3, Austin Cindric, No. 22 MoneyLion Ford, 201, 3, 2, 3, 44, 5, 57, Running
2) 12, Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford Performance Racing School Ford, 201, 4, 5, 1, 15, , 48, Running
3) 4, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT/Tracker Technologies Chevrolet, 201, 1, 1, 4, 98, 2, 54, Running
4) 7, Harrison Burton #, No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota, 201, 5, 6, 1, 17, , 44, Running
5) 1, Michael Annett, No. 1 Pilot/Flying J Chevrolet, 201, 7, 9, , , , 38, Running
6) 2, Jeb Burton, No. 8 State Water Heaters Chevrolet, 201, 10, 7, , , , 36, Running
7) 6, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Bali Toyota, 201, 2, 3, , , , 47, Running
8) 11, Justin Haley, No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 201, , , , , , 29, Running
9) 8, Ross Chastain, No. 10 Nutrien Ag Solutions/Titan XC Chevrolet, 200, 8, , 1, 3, , 31, Running
10) 19, Brandon Brown, No. 68 Jabs Construction Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 22, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 21, Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 0 HUB Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 23, David Starr, No. 07 Rockin S Bar & Grill/CHASCO Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 20, Jesse Little #, No. 4 KSDT CPA Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 36, Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 AAN Adjusters Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 15, Brett Moffitt(i), No. 02 KNOCKAROUND Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 0, Running
17) 27, Timmy Hill(i), No. 61 RoofClaim.com Toyota, 198, , , , , , 0, Running
18) 26, Stefan Parsons, No. 99 Old Irish Bed & Breakfast Toyota, 198, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 31, Bayley Currey(i), No. 74 PRODUXA Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 0, Running
20) 17, BJ McLeod, No. 6 TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 25, Joe Graf Jr #, No. 08 Bucked Up Energy Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 24, Josh Williams, No. 92 Sleep Well/Verve/Alloy Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 35, Colby Howard, No. 15 Project Hope Foundation Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 29, Chad Finchum, No. 13 Smithbilt Homes Toyota, 197, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 34, Vinnie Miller, No. 78 Koolbox Chevrolet, 193, , , , , , 12, Suspension
26) 30, Matt Mills, No. 5 JF Electric Chevrolet, 193, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 10, Anthony Alfredo, No. 21 Death Wish Coffee Chevrolet, 191, 9, 10, 2, 9, , 13, Suspension
28) 33, Kyle Weatherman, No. 47 Back The Blue Chevrolet, 178, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 18, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 CMRRoofing.com Chevrolet, 130, , 8, , , , 11, Suspension
30) 9, Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/BRCC Chevrolet, 125, 6, 4, , , , 19, DVP
31) 16, Alex Labbe, No. 90 Larue Snowblowers/Prolon Chevrolet, 82, , , , , , 6, Rear Gear
32) 32, Kody Vanderwal #, No. 52 ADVANCED DAIRY SERVICE Chevrolet, 78, , , , , , 5, DVP
33) 13, Dexter Bean, No. 36 Genteel Coatings Chevrolet, 64, , , , , , 4, Power 
34) 14, Myatt Snider #, No. 93 The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevrolet, 50, , , , , , 3, Accident
35) 37, Stephen Leicht, No. 66 JANIKING Toyota, 9, , , , , , 2, Transmission
36) 5, Riley Herbst #, No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota, 9, , , , , , 1, DVP
37) 28, Kyle Busch(i), No. 54 Twix Cookies & Cream Toyota, 201, , , 3, 15, , 0, Running
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie
(DVP) 'Damaged Vehicle Policy'

Race Length: 201 Laps, 301.5 miles

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 22 Mins, 32 Secs.
Average Speed: 126.918 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.949 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 7, 19, 54, 22, 98, 20, 9, 1, 10, 21

Stage 2 Top 10: 7, 22, 19, 9, 54, 98, 20, 8, 39, 1

Race Comments: Austin Cindric won the My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, his fourth victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and his third consecutive series win.

Prior to the start the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: No. 74 (multiple inspection failures).

Caution Flags: 9 for 39 laps;
Laps: 6-8 (No. 9, 18 Incident Turn 4 [66]);
19-23 (No. 93, 5 Incident Backstretch  [None]);
47-51 (Stage 1 Conclusion [61]);
68-72 (Debris From No. 93 Turn 2 [15]);
76-78 (No. 52 Incident Turn 2 [78]);
92-96 (Stage 2 Conclusion [0]);
108-111 (No. 21 Incident Backstretch [0]);
118-122 (No. 9 Incident Turn 3 [0]);
196-199 (No. 08 Incident Frontstretch [11]).

Lead Changes: 15 among 7 drivers;
M. Annett 0;
A. Cindric 1-34;
J. Allgaier 35-47;
A. Cindric 48-51;
J. Allgaier 52-92;
A. Alfredo 93-96;
R. Chastain 97-99;
A. Alfredo 100-104;
J. Allgaier 105-114;
K. Busch(i) 115-118;
J. Allgaier 119-152;
A. Cindric 153-158;
K. Busch(i) 159;
H. Burton # 160-176;
C. Briscoe 177-191;
K. Busch(i) 192-201.

Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Chase Briscoe, No. 98
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Harrison Burton#, No. 20

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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