Noah Gragson Wins Rain-Shortened Xfinity Race at Kansas Speedway

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KANSAS CITY, KS – RIS – Noah Gragson was declared the winner of the rain-shortened NASCAR Xfinity race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon.  Rain appeared on radar as the race progressed o nearly the end of the second stage-which would signal a completed race.  The field, under caution took several laps to get to the second stage window.  Shortly thereafter the race was called.  Jason Allgaier finished second and Ty Gibbs third.  Gragson survived a two-lap shootout to win the second stage, after which the race was considered official. He used a great restart after the race’s first caution to assume the lead and held the advantage when rain caused the caution flags to come out with eight laps left in the stage.

“It was tough, I don’t know if we had the fastest car there at the beginning of the first stage…,” Gragson said after the race. “I felt like if we would’ve went green, we could’ve kept working on it, working on it. I had a pretty fast car there, but I’ll take them anyway we get them. The (No.) 7 was fast, the (No.) 54 was obviously the fastest car all day. Extremely thankful." 

Gibbs dominated the race from start to finish, but as weather appeared to be in the offing, he pitted for new tires which put him back in the field.  Though he had new rubber, he couldn’t run fast enough nor had the time to return to the front.   

It appeared that there was some discussion in NASCAR on what to do with this situation.  After some back-and-forth, NASCAR called the race official. Gragson won for the 10th time in the series, fifth time this season and second straight week after a dramatic victory at Darlington. Before Saturday, Kansas Speedway was the only track where he failed to record a top-10 finish.

The Xfinity Series regular season will conclude next week at Bristol.

After running six laps under caution, NASCAR officials restarted the race with two laps left in the stage to give the drivers the opportunity not to finish the race under caution.

The first stage was run without any incident. Gibbs jumped out to the lead on the opening lap and led the entire first stage. Then came the rain and Noah Gragson finished the race on a winning note. 

In an interesting finish, third place finisher Ty Gibbs made contact on the final lap before the rain.  That sealed Gragson’s finish.  Gibbs led 66 of the 94 laps run.  Polesitter Brandon Jones was fourth and Ross Chastain rounded out the top five.

AJ Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Sammy Smith, Sam Mayer and Brett Moffitt complete the top 10.

Gragson couldn’t celebrate with a victorious burnout, but he earned his 10th career Xfinity victory and celebrated with fans as the rain continued to fall. He indicated that he would climb the catchfence to do the celebration, but that wasn’t possible in the wet conditions.

The NXS regular-season finale is at Bristol Motor Speedway next Friday, Sept. 16.

Unofficial Results: 22nd Annual Kansas Lottery 300 - September 10, 2022 - Kansas Speedway
Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps , St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 5, Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 93, 2, 1, 3, 20, 6, 59, Running
2) 9, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 93, 5, 2, , , , 50, Running
3) 2, Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Reser's Fine Foods Toyota, 93, 1, 3, 2, 66, 1, 52, Running
4) 1, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Klearvue Cabinetry Toyota, 93, 3, 4, 1, 4, , 48, Running
5) 15, Ross Chastain(i), No. 48 Big Machine Racing Spiked Coolers Chevrolet, 93, , 5, , , , 0, Running
6) 4, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Action Industries Chevrolet, 93, 8, 6, , , , 39, Running
7) 10, Josh Berry, No. 8 Harrison's USA Chevrolet, 93, 9, 7, , , , 36, Running
8) 11, Sammy Smith, No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota, 93, 4, 8, , , , 39, Running
9) 8, Sam Mayer, No. 1 Huck's Market Chevrolet, 93, , 9, , , , 30, Running
10) 16, Brett Moffitt, No. 07 Circle B Diecast.com Ford, 93, 6, 10, , , , 33, Running
11) 3, Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 6, Austin Hill #, No. 21 United Rentals Chevrolet, 93, 7, , 1, 3, , 29, Running
13) 14, Landon Cassill, No. 10 Carnomaly Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 13, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 CMRroofing.com/A-game Ford, 93, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 7, Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 22, Running
16) 12, Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 93, 10, , , , , 22, Running
17) 20, Brandon Brown, No. 02 Larry's Lemonade Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 22, Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 First Phase Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 21, Myatt Snider, No. 31 BG/EasyCare/TORQ Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 37, Kris Wright(i), No. 68 Wright Chevrolet Chevrolet, 93, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 17, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 All South Electric Chevrolet, 92, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 28, JJ Yeley, No. 66 Coble Enterprises Ford, 92, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 31, David Starr, No. 08 Ticket Smarter Ford, 92, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 29, Josh Williams, No. 36 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet, 92, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 27, Rajah Caruth(i), No. 45 iRacing Chevrolet, 92, , , , , , 0, Running
26) 34, Stefan Parsons(i), No. 78 Team BJMM Chevrolet, 92, , , , , , 0, Running
27) 35, Derek Griffith, No. 26 SpotOn Toyota, 92, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 25, Howie Disavino III, No. 44 Clear Cryptos Chevrolet, 92, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 26, Dillon Bassett, No. 77 Jerry Hunt Supercenters Chevrolet, 92, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 36, Joey Gase, No. 35 Explore Branson Toyota, 92, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 24, Mason Massey, No. 91 Anderson Power Services Chevrolet, 91, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 33, Garrett Smithley, No. 5 J.F. Electric Chevrolet, 91, , , , , , 5, Running
33) 38, Ryan Vargas, No. 6 TeamJDMotorsports.com Chevrolet, 91, , , , , , 4, Running
34) 32, CJ McLaughlin, No. 38 SciAps Ford, 91, , , , , , 3, Running
35) 23, Bayley Currey, No. 4 Hy-Vee 4 Chevrolet Chevrolet, 90, , , , , , 2, Running
36) 18, Jesse Iwuji #, No. 34 Equity Prime Mortgage Chevrolet, 89, , , , , , 1, Running
37) 30, Brennan Poole(i), No. 47 Inspire Real Change Chevrolet, 73, , , , , , 0, Transmission
38) 19, Jeb Burton, No. 27 It Consulting St. Pete Chevrolet, 51, , , , , , 1, Engine
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Race Length: 93 Laps, 139.5 Miles
Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 13 Mins, 37 Secs.
Average Speed: 113.697 MPH
Margin of Victory: Under Caution

Stage 1 Top 10: 54, 9, 19, 18, 7, 07, 21, 16, 8, 98
Stage 2 Top 10: 9, 7, 54, 19, 48, 16, 8, 18, 1, 07

Comments: Noah Gragson won the Kansas Lottery 300, his 10th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.

Prior to the start, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 6 (backup car), 26 (engine change), 34 (unapproved adjustments and driver change), and 02, 35, 36, 38, 47, 66, 68 and 78 (unapproved adjustments).

Failed to Qualify: (1) 13 Akinori Ogata(i).

Cautions: 4 for 18 laps;
Laps: 47-51 (Stage 1 Conclusion [51]);
71-75 (#51 Spin in Turn 4 [02]);
83-88 (Weather [68]);
92-93 (Stage 2 Conclusion [51]).

Lead Changes: 6 among 4 drivers;
B. Jones 1-4;
T. Gibbs 5-47;
N. Gragson 48;
T. Gibbs 49-71;
N. Gragson 72;
A. Hill # 73-75;
N. Gragson 76-93.

Unofficial Points Report: 22nd Annual Kansas Lottery 300 - Kansas Speedway
Rank, Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) AJ Allmendinger, 16, 25, 0, 1003, 0, 0, 3, 2, 17
2) Ty Gibbs, 54, 25, 0, 965, -38, 38, 5, 5, 30
3) Justin Allgaier, 7, 25, 0, 948, -55, 17, 3, 7, 22
4) Noah Gragson, 9, 25, 0, 931, -72, 17, 5, 13, 38
5) Josh Berry, 8, 25, 0, 866, -137, 65, 2, 6, 16
6) Austin Hill #, 21, 25, 0, 769, -234, 97, 2, 1, 11
7) Brandon Jones, 19, 25, 0, 756, -247, 13, 1, 1, 6
8) Sam Mayer, 1, 25, 1, 678, -325, 78, 0, 2, 2
9) Riley Herbst, 98, 25, -1, 673, -330, 5, 0, 0, 0
10) Daniel Hemric, 11, 25, 0, 615, -388, 58, 0, 2, 2
11) Landon Cassill, 10, 25, 0, 597, -406, 18, 0, 0, 0
12) Ryan Sieg, 39, 25, 0, 578, -425, 19, 0, 1, 1
13) Sheldon Creed #, 2, 25, 0, 565, -438, 13, 0, 0, 0
14) Brandon Brown, 02, 25, 0, 478, -525, 87, 0, 0, 0
15) Anthony Alfredo, 23, 25, 0, 477, -526, 1, 0, 0, 0
16) Brett Moffitt, 07, 21, 1, 416, -587, 61, 0, 0, 0
17) Myatt Snider, 31, 25, -1, 401, -602, 15, 0, 1, 1
18) Jeb Burton, 27, 25, 0, 375, -628, 26, 0, 0, 0
19) Jeremy Clements, 51, 25, 1, 360, -643, 15, 1, 0, -5
20) Alex Labbe, , 21, -1, 356, -647, 4, 0, 0, 0
21) Bayley Currey, 4, 25, 0, 306, -697, 50, 0, 0, 0
22) JJ Yeley, 66, 22, 0, 289, -714, 17, 0, 0, 0
23) Ryan Vargas, 6, 22, 0, 266, -737, 23, 0, 0, 0
24) Kyle Weatherman, , 17, 0, 261, -742, 5, 0, 0, 0
25) Trevor Bayne, , 6, 0, 241, -762, 20, 0, 2, 0
26) Josh Williams, 36, 20, 1, 221, -782, 20, 0, 0, 0
27) Mason Massey, 91, 17, -1, 220, -783, 1, 0, 0, 0
28) Kyle Sieg, , 14, 0, 204, -799, 16, 0, 0, 0
29) Joe Graf, , 21, 0, 202, -801, 2, 0, 0, 0
30) Jeffrey Earnhardt, , 9, 0, 163, -840, 39, 0, 0, 0
31) Ryan Truex, , 6, 0, 162, -841, 1, 0, 0, 0
32) David Starr, 08, 14, 0, 157, -846, 5, 0, 0, 0
33) Sammy Smith, 18, 6, 3, 144, -859, 13, 0, 1, 0
34) Ryan Ellis, , 10, -1, 137, -866, 7, 0, 0, 0
35) Jade Buford, , 9, -1, 127, -876, 10, 0, 0, 0
36) Sage Karam, , 7, -1, 125, -878, 2, 0, 0, 0
37) Joey Gase, 35, 8, 1, 106, -897, 19, 0, 0, 0
38) Parker Retzlaff, , 5, -1, 103, -900, 3, 0, 0, 0
39) Patrick Emerling, , 8, 0, 96, -907, 7, 0, 0, 0
40) Jesse Iwuji #, 34, 10, 1, 85, -918, 11, 0, 0, 0
41) Preston Pardus, , 4, -1, 84, -919, 1, 0, 0, 0
42) Andy Lally, , 4, 0, 83, -920, 1, 0, 0, 0
43) Shane Lee, , 5, 0, 71, -932, 12, 0, 0, 0
44) CJ McLaughlin, 38, 7, 0, 69, -934, 2, 0, 0, 0
45) Tommy Joe Martins, , 5, 0, 64, -939, 5, 0, 0, 0
46) Derek Griffith, 26, 4, 2, 56, -947, 8, 0, 0, 0
47) Miguel Paludo, , 3, -1, 52, -951, 4, 0, 0, 0
48) Scott Heckert, , 4, -1, 50, -953, 2, 0, 0, 0
49) Patrick Gallagher, , 4, 0, 44, -959, 6, 0, 0, 0
50) Parker Chase, , 2, 0, 31, -972, 13, 0, 0, 0
51) Caesar Bacarella, , 4, 0, 31, -972, 0, 0, 0, 0
52) Drew Dollar, , 2, 0, 30, -973, 1, 0, 0, 0
53) Howie Disavino III, 44, 3, 2, 30, -973, 0, 0, 0, 0
54) Dale Earnhardt, , 1, -1, 26, -977, 4, 0, 0, 0
55) Santino Ferrucci, , 2, -1, 22, -981, 4, 0, 0, 0
56) Garrett Smithley, 5, 2, 3, 21, -982, 1, 0, 0, 0
57) Nicholas Sanchez, , 2, -1, 20, -983, 1, 0, 0, 0
58) Dillon Bassett, 77, 3, 2, 18, -985, 2, 0, 0, 0
59) Gray Gaulding, , 2, -2, 17, -986, 1, 0, 0, 0
60) Natalie Decker, , 3, -2, 17, -986, 0, 0, 0, 0
61) Bj Mcleod, , 1, 0, 9, -994, 8, 0, 0, 0
62) Chris Dyson, , 1, 0, 9, -994, 0, 0, 0, 0
63) Spencer Pumpelly, , 1, 0, 8, -995, 1, 0, 0, 0
64) Dawson Cram, , 1, 0, 7, -996, 1, 0, 0, 0
65) Chad Finchum, , 1, 0, 5, -998, 2, 0, 0, 0
66) Will Rodgers, , 2, 0, 2, -1001, 3, 0, 0, 0
67) Julia Landauer, , 1, 0, 1, -1002, 1, 0, 0, 0
68) Ronnie Bassett, , 1, 0, 1, -1002, 0, 0, 0, 0
69) Darren Dilley, , 1, 0, 1, -1002, 0, 0, 0, 0
70) Kyle Larson(i), , 3, 0, 0, -1003, 1, 1, 2, 0
71) Cole Custer(i), , 5, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 1, 1, 0
72) Tyler Reddick(i), , 5, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 1, 0, 0
73) John Hunter Nemechek(i), , 9, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 1, 0
74) Timmy Hill(i), , 6, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
75) William Byron(i), , 3, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 2, 0
76) Alex Bowman(i), , 1, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
77) Ross Chastain(i), 48, 5, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
78) Ryan Preece(i), , 3, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
79) Kaz Grala(i), , 8, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
80) Chase Briscoe(i), , 1, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
81) Ty Dillon(i), , 4, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
82) Christopher Bell(i), , 1, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
83) Josh Bilicki(i), , 6, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
84) Stefan Parsons(i), 78, 17, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
85) Parker Kligerman(i), , 2, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
86) Connor Mosack(i), , 2, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
87) Blaine Perkins(i), , 3, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
88) Matt Mills(i), , 14, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
89) Matt Jaskol(i), , 1, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
90) Kris Wright(i), 68, 3, 10, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
91) Brad Perez(i), , 1, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
92) Chandler Smith(i), , 2, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
93) Rajah Caruth(i), 45, 4, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
94) Mason Filippi, , 1, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
95) Akinori Ogata(i), , 1, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
96) Justin Haley(i), , 1, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
97) Austin Dillon(i), , 2, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
98) Ricky Stenhouse(i), , 2, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
99) Bubba Wallace(i), , 2, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
100) Brennan Poole(i), 47, 7, -1, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
101) Loris Hezemans(i), , 1, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
102) Harrison Rhodes, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
103) Jesse Little(i), , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
104) Chase Elliott(i), , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
105) Bobby Mccarty, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
106) Austin Wayne Self(i), , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
107) Stan Mullis, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
108) Tim Viens(i), , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
109) Gar Robinson, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
110) Dexter Bean, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
111) Jordan Anderson(i), , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
112) Stanton Barrett, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
113) Joe Nemechek, , 0, 0, 0, -1003, 0, 0, 0, 0
 -Ldr/-Nxt = Points behind Leader/Next higher, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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