Gragson Wins Xfinity Race at Bristol

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BRISTOL, TN – RIS – Noah Gragson held off Brandon Jones, who had fresher tires to win the NASCAR Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday night.  Gragson was the only car not to pit with 25 laps to go and inherited the lead. He held off a furious challenge by Jones, who will take over Gragson’s car next year JR Motorsports.

“Man, three in a row. I appreciate Brandon Jones racing us clean,” Gragson said, noting he won at Bristol in 2020 during the pandemic in front of a limited crowd.

“What a great opportunity to race here in front of fans. I had a blast.”

The Xfinity Series playoffs begin next week at Texas Motor Speedway and Gragson is the top seed.

The victory is Gragson’s sixth of the year.

Austin Hill placed third and was followed by Sam Mayer and Riley Herbst. Justin Allgaier, who led a race-high 148 laps, finished ninth after a speeding penalty on the final pit stop.

Sieg, who entered the race 19 points behind Landon Cassell for the final playoff spot, finished 10th to advance.

Sheldon Creed saw his chances to make the playoffs end with a crash on Lap 129. He was racing side-by-side with Ty Gibbs for the lead when Gibbs was hit from behind by Gragson. The contact sent Gibbs up the track into Creed’s car. Both went into the wall and were eliminated.

“Man, that’s the way my year has gone,” Creed said from the pits.. “We have speed at times and then stuff like that happens.”

It swas typical Bristol all night.  Creed and Gibb’s inky 20 laps after Landon Cassell, who entered the race holding the final playoff spot, went behind pit road for repairs after a mechanical issue. Cassell returned to the race 112 laps behind the leaders and moved ahead of Creed and Gibbs but could not gain on any other drivers. Cassell finished 35th.

Pole sitter Ty Gibbs won the first stage and Allgaier won the second stage.

Unofficial Results: 41st Annual Food City 300, September 16, 2022 - Bristol Motor Speedway
Fin, St, Driver, Car, Laps , St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 9, Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 300, 3, 2, 1, 25, 5, 57, Running
2) 11, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Jeld-Wen Toyota, 300, , 4, , , , 42, Running
3) 15, Austin Hill #, No. 21 Bennett Transportation Chevrolet, 300, , 6, , , , 39, Running
4) 5, Sam Mayer, No. 1 Huck's Market Chevrolet, 300, 4, 9, , , , 42, Running
5) 12, Riley Herbst, No. 98 Resorts World Ford, 300, , 5, , , , 38, Running
6) 4, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Barger Precast Chevrolet, 300, 5, 3, , , , 45, Running
7) 2, Josh Berry, No. 8 Harrison's USA Chevrolet, 300, 6, , , , , 35, Running
8) 14, Stefan Parsons (i), No. 45 Pursuit Church/Sokal Chevrolet, 300, , , , , , 0, Running
9) 3, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 300, 2, 1, 3, 148, 1, 47, Running
10) 10, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 A-Game Ford, 300, 10, , , , , 28, Running
11) 20, Bayley Currey, No. 4 Alka-Seltzer Chevrolet, 300, , , 1, 4, , 26, Running
12) 21, Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 26 ForeverLawn Toyota, 300, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 18, Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 Dude Wipes Chevrolet, 300, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 6, Sammy Smith, No. 18 Pilot Flying J Toyota, 299, , 10, , , , 24, Running
15) 7, Jeb Burton, No. 27 Alsco Uniforms Chevrolet, 299, 7, 7, , , , 30, Running
16) 19, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 All South Electric Chevrolet, 299, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 33, Kyle Weatherman, No. 34 eRacing Association Chevrolet, 299, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 31, Sage Karam, No. 02 Quality Roof Seamers Chevrolet, 299, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 28, Ryan Ellis, No. 44 KeenParts.com Chevrolet, 299, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 8, Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 298, 8, 8, , , , 23, Running
21) 30, Josh Williams, No. 92 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet, 298, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 36, Myatt Snider, No. 31 TaxSlayer Chevrolet, 298, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 37, Joe Graf Jr, No. 07 Bucked Up LFG BURN Ford, 298, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 35, CJ McLaughlin, No. 38 SciAps Ford, 297, , , , , , 13, Running
25) 34, Kris Wright (i), No. 68 Hummer EV Chevrolet, 297, , , , , , 12, Running
26) 25, Alex Labbe, No. 36 Can-Am Chevrolet, 297, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 23, Patrick Emerling, No. 35 Kooks Chevrolet, 294, , , , , , 10, Running
28) 32, Ronnie Bassett Jr, No. 77 Jerry Hunt Supercenter Chevrolet, 294, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 24, Nicholas Sanchez, No. 48 Big Machine Racing Spiked Chevrolet, 294, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 27, David Starr, No. 08 Good Boy Vodka Ford, 293, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 38, Bobby McCarty, No. 6 Solid Rock Carriers Chevrolet, 288, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 17, Mason Massey, No. 91 Anderson Power Services Chevrolet, 271, , , , , , 5, Oil Line
33) 26, JJ Yeley, No. 66 Paratec Door Solutions/Team Farrell Toyota, 267, , , , , , 4, Accident
34) 29, BJ McLeod, No. 78 J.F. Electric Chevrolet, 220, , , , , , 3, Brakes
35) 16, Landon Cassill, No. 10 Voyager: Crypto for All Chevrolet, 188, 9, , , , , 4, Running
36) 1, Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, 129, 1, , 1, 89, 1, 11, Accident
37) 22, Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 128, , , 1, 34, , 1, Accident
38) 13, Brandon Brown, No. 5 B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet, 45, , , , , , 1, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Length: 300 Laps, 159.9 Miles

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 58 Mins, 27 Secs.
Average Speed: 80.996 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.145 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 54, 7, 9, 1, 16, 8, 27, 11, 10, 39
Stage 2 Top 10: 7, 9, 16, 19, 98, 21, 27, 11, 1, 18

Comments: Noah Gragson has won the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, his 11th career victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty: Nos. 07, 45 (Unapproved Adjustments).

Failed to Qualify: (3) No. 52 Brennan Poole (i), No. 13 Chad Finchum, No. 47 Dawson Cram.

Cautions: 8 for 58 laps;
Laps: 6-10 (No. 48 Incident Turn 2 [None]);
14-18 (No. 98, 2 Incident Turn 4 [None]);
37-41 (No. 48 Spin Turn 4 [35]);
46-50 (No. 5 Incident Backstretch [77]);
87-94 (Stage 1 Conclusion [38]);
130-138 (No. 2, 54, 9 Incident Turn 2 [91]);
168-179 (No. 1, 66 Incident Turn 2 / Stage 2 Conclusion [38]);
272-280 (No. 7, 66 Incident Backstretch [23]).

Lead Changes: 6 among 5 drivers;
T. Gibbs 1-89;
J. Allgaier 90;
S. Creed # 91-124;
J. Allgaier 125-175;
B. Currey 176-179;
J. Allgaier 180-275;
N. Gragson 276-300.

Reseeded Unofficial Points Report: 41st Annual Food City 300, Bristol Motor Speedway
Rank, Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) Noah Gragson, 9, 26, 3, 2051, 0, 0, 6, 13, 51
2) Ty Gibbs, 54, 26, 0, 2038, -13, 13, 5, 6, 38
3) Justin Allgaier, 7, 26, 0, 2033, -18, 5, 3, 8, 33
4) AJ Allmendinger, 16, 26, -3, 2032, -19, 1, 3, 2, 32
5) Josh Berry, 8, 26, 0, 2022, -29, 10, 2, 6, 22
6) Austin Hill #, 21, 26, 0, 2016, -35, 6, 2, 1, 16
7) Brandon Jones, 19, 26, 0, 2010, -41, 6, 1, 1, 10
8) Jeremy Clements, 51, 26, 8, 2005, -46, 5, 1, 0, 5
9) Sam Mayer, 1, 26, -1, 2005, -46, 0, 0, 2, 5
10) Daniel Hemric, 11, 26, 0, 2003, -48, 2, 0, 2, 3
11) Riley Herbst, 98, 26, -2, 2002, -49, 1, 0, 0, 2
12) Ryan Sieg, 39, 26, 0, 2001, -50, 1, 0, 1, 1
13) Landon Cassill, 10, 26, -2, 601, -1450, 1400, 0, 0, 0
14) Sheldon Creed #, 2, 26, -1, 566, -1485, 35, 0, 0, 0
15) Anthony Alfredo, 23, 26, 0, 501, -1550, 65, 0, 0, 0
16) Brandon Brown, 5, 26, -2, 479, -1572, 22, 0, 0, 0
17) Myatt Snider, 31, 26, 1, 416, -1635, 63, 0, 1, 0
18) Brett Moffitt, , 21, -1, 416, -1635, 0, 0, 0, 0
19) Jeb Burton, 27, 26, 0, 405, -1646, 11, 0, 0, 0
20) Alex Labbe, 36, 22, 0, 367, -1684, 38, 0, 0, 0
21) Bayley Currey, 4, 26, 0, 332, -1719, 35, 0, 0, 0
22) JJ Yeley, 66, 23, 0, 293, -1758, 39, 0, 0, 0
23) Kyle Weatherman, 34, 18, 1, 281, -1770, 12, 0, 0, 0
24) Ryan Vargas, , 22, -1, 266, -1785, 15, 0, 0, 0
25) Trevor Bayne, , 6, 0, 241, -1810, 25, 0, 2, 0
26) Josh Williams, 92, 21, 0, 237, -1814, 4, 0, 0, 0
27) Mason Massey, 91, 18, 0, 225, -1826, 12, 0, 0, 0
28) Joe Graf Jr, 07, 22, 1, 216, -1835, 9, 0, 0, 0
29) Kyle Sieg, , 14, -1, 204, -1847, 12, 0, 0, 0
30) Jeffrey Earnhardt, 26, 10, 0, 188, -1863, 16, 0, 0, 0
31) Sammy Smith, 18, 7, 2, 168, -1883, 20, 0, 1, 0
32) David Starr, 08, 15, 0, 164, -1887, 4, 0, 0, 0
33) Ryan Truex, , 6, -2, 162, -1889, 2, 0, 0, 0
34) Ryan Ellis, 44, 11, 0, 155, -1896, 7, 0, 0, 0
35) Sage Karam, 02, 8, 1, 144, -1907, 11, 0, 0, 0
36) Jade Buford, , 9, -1, 127, -1924, 17, 0, 0, 0
37) Joey Gase, , 8, 0, 106, -1945, 21, 0, 0, 0
38) Patrick Emerling, 35, 9, 1, 106, -1945, 0, 0, 0, 0
39) Parker Retzlaff, , 5, -1, 103, -1948, 3, 0, 0, 0
40) Jesse Iwuji, , 10, 0, 85, -1966, 18, 0, 0, 0
41) Preston Pardus, , 4, 0, 84, -1967, 1, 0, 0, 0
42) Andy Lally, , 4, 0, 83, -1968, 1, 0, 0, 0
43) CJ McLaughlin, 38, 8, 1, 82, -1969, 1, 0, 0, 0
44) Shane Lee, , 5, -1, 71, -1980, 11, 0, 0, 0
45) Tommy Joe Martins, , 5, 0, 64, -1987, 7, 0, 0, 0
46) Derek Griffith, , 4, 0, 56, -1995, 8, 0, 0, 0
47) Miguel Paludo, , 3, 0, 52, -1999, 4, 0, 0, 0
48) Scott Heckert, , 4, 0, 50, -2001, 2, 0, 0, 0
49) Patrick Gallagher, , 4, 0, 44, -2007, 6, 0, 0, 0
50) Parker Chase, , 2, 0, 31, -2020, 13, 0, 0, 0
51) Caesar Bacarella, , 4, 0, 31, -2020, 0, 0, 0, 0
52) Drew Dollar, , 2, 0, 30, -2021, 1, 0, 0, 0
53) Howie Disavino, , 3, 0, 30, -2021, 0, 0, 0, 0
54) Nicholas Sanchez, 48, 3, 3, 28, -2023, 2, 0, 0, 0
55) Dale Earnhardt, , 1, -1, 26, -2025, 2, 0, 0, 0
56) Santino Ferrucci, , 2, -1, 22, -2029, 4, 0, 0, 0
57) Garrett Smithley, , 2, -1, 21, -2030, 1, 0, 0, 0
58) Dillon Bassett, , 3, 0, 18, -2033, 3, 0, 0, 0
59) Gray Gaulding, , 2, 0, 17, -2034, 1, 0, 0, 0
60) Natalie Decker, , 3, 0, 17, -2034, 0, 0, 0, 0
61) BJ McLeod, 78, 2, 0, 12, -2039, 5, 0, 0, 0
62) Ronnie Bassett Jr, 77, 2, 6, 10, -2041, 2, 0, 0, 0
63) Chris Dyson, , 1, -1, 9, -2042, 1, 0, 0, 0
64) Spencer Pumpelly, , 1, -1, 8, -2043, 1, 0, 0, 0
65) Dawson Cram, , 1, -1, 7, -2044, 1, 0, 0, 0
66) Bobby McCarty, 6, 1, 39, 6, -2045, 1, 0, 0, 0
67) Chad Finchum, , 1, -2, 5, -2046, 1, 0, 0, 0
68) Will Rodgers, , 2, -2, 2, -2049, 3, 0, 0, 0
69) Julia Landauer, , 1, -2, 1, -2050, 1, 0, 0, 0
70) Darren Dilley, , 1, -1, 1, -2050, 0, 0, 0, 0
71) Kyle Larson(i), , 3, -1, 0, -2051, 1, 1, 2, 0
72) Cole Custer(i), , 5, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 1, 1, 0
73) Tyler Reddick(i), , 5, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 1, 0, 0
74) John Hunter Nemechek(i), , 9, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 1, 0
75) Timmy Hill(i), , 6, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
76) William Byron(i), , 3, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 2, 0
77) Alex Bowman(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
78) Ross Chastain(i), , 5, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
79) Ryan Preece(i), , 3, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
80) Kaz Grala(i), , 8, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
81) Chase Briscoe(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
82) Ty Dillon(i), , 4, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
83) Christopher Bell(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
84) Stefan Parsons(i), 45, 18, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
85) Josh Bilicki(i), , 6, -2, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
86) Parker Kligerman(i), , 2, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
87) Connor Mosack(i), , 2, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
88) Blaine Perkins(i), , 3, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
89) Matt Mills(i), , 14, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
90) Matt Jaskol(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
91) Kris Wright(i), 68, 4, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
92) Brad Perez(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
93) Chandler Smith(i), , 2, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
94) Rajah Caruth(i), , 4, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
95) Mason Filippi, , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
96) Akinori Ogata(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
97) Justin Haley(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
98) Austin Dillon(i), , 2, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
99) Ricky Stenhouse(i), , 2, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
100) Bubba Wallace(i), , 2, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
101) Brennan Poole(i), , 7, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
102) Loris Hezemans(i), , 1, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
103) Harrison Rhodes, , 0, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
104) Jesse Little(i), , 0, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
105) Chase Elliott(i), , 0, -1, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
106) Austin Wayne Self(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
107) Stan Mullis, , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
108) Tim Viens(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
109) Gar Robinson, , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
110) Dexter Bean, , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
111) Jordan Anderson(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
112) Stanton Barrett, , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
113) Joe Nemechek, , 0, 0, 0, -2051, 0, 0, 0, 0
 -Ldr/-Nxt = Points behind Leader/Next higher, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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