Gragson Wins Fourth Straight Xfinity Race at Texas Motor Speedway

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FORT WORTH, TX – RIS – Noah Gragson continued his winning streak in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway by winning his fourth consecutive Xfinity race, something that hasn’t been done in nearly forty years.  After pit stops late in the race, Gragson took the lead with 11 laps left and went on to win again.  He led 85 laps enroute to his winning finish.

Following in the top five were Austin Hill, Ty Gibbs, AJ Allmendinger and Riley Herbst.

The victory for Gragson locked up the first spot in the round of eight, with two more races to determine the other seven drivers that will advance with him. The Xfinity Series begins its playoffs with 12 drivers, instead of 16 like the Cup Series, so its postseason is one round shorter.

Sam Ard is the only other series driver to win four consecutive races. He did it in 1983, the second year of the NASCAR’s second-level circuit, while winning five of the last six races in the season that he had 10 wins overall.

It was the seventh win this season in the No. 9 Chevrolet for Gragson, who had already set a single season record for most wins by a JR Motorsports driver. He has 12 career victories.

“This number 9 team, man, they’re on fire,” Gragson said after the race.. “Luke Lambert (crew chief) and the boys executed a great race.”

A big crash at the front of the field on lap 117 changed the face of the race. John Hunter Nemechek lost control of his car in a three and four wide  attempt on the outside and was clipped by Justin Allgaier, starting a wreck that scrambled most of the field. Damages forced playoff drivers Daniel Hemric, Brandon Jones and Allgaier from the race.

“The 7 (Allgaier) chose the top behind me, and I haven’t seen the replay of it, but the 7 chose the top behind me and started pushing,” Nemechek said. “The 21 (Hill) made it three-wide on the 9 (Gragson), and I was three-wide at the top, and I think we ended up four-wide at one point, which doesn’t really work aero-wide in the pack.”

Pole winner Jones, a playoff driver taken out in the crash, said Nemechek “was pushing a little too hard. Nothing to fault him there for, but probably a little early to be going that far. It is what it is.”

Six laps earlier, another multi-car crash scattered the field and damaged the car of playoff contender and regular season champion Allmendinger. That particular wreck started when Brandon Brown slipped in front of Allmendinger and went into a slide, forcing Allmendinger to the inside apron. Several cars scattered behind them trying to avoid the accident.

Daniel Hemric won the first stage and defending champion AJ. Allmendinger won the second stage.

The second race in the first round of the Xfinity playoffs is scheduled Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. ET (USA Network) at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

 

Unofficial Results: 18th Annual Andy's Frozen Custard 300 - September 24, 2022 - Texas Motor Speedway
Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps , St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 2, Noah Gragson (P), No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 200, 4, 2, 3, 85, 5, 56, Running
2) 9, Austin Hill # (P), No. 21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet, 200, 3, 6, 1, 1, , 48, Running
3) 8, Ty Gibbs (P), No. 54 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 200, 9, 5, 2, 3, , 42, Running
4) 7, AJ Allmendinger (P), No. 16 Andy's Frozen Custard Chevrolet, 200, 5, 1, 2, 34, 1, 49, Running
5) 11, Riley Herbst (P), No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 200, , , , , , 32, Running
6) 16, Josh Berry (P), No. 8 Open Joist/U.S. Lumber Chevrolet, 200, 6, , , , , 36, Running
7) 13, Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 30, Running
8) 5, Sam Mayer (P), No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 200, , 10, , , , 30, Running
9) 14, Ryan Sieg (P), No. 39 CMRroofing.com/A-Game Ford, 199, 8, 8, , , , 34, Running
10) 35, CJ McLaughlin, No. 38 SciAps Ford, 199, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 20, Nicholas Sanchez, No. 48 Big Machine Racing Spiked Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 18, Bayley Currey, No. 4 Hy-Vee Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 24, Stefan Parsons(i), No. 45 Broken Bow Cabin Lodging Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 0, Running
14) 29, Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 Market Rebellion Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 17, Jeb Burton, No. 27 Jon Wayne Service Company Chevrolet, 199, , , 1, 5, , 22, Running
16) 32, Matt Mills(i), No. 5 J.F. Electric Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 0, Running
17) 26, Alex Labbe, No. 92 Live To Be Happy Chevrolet, 197, , , , , , 20, Running
18) 19, Joe Graf Jr, No. 07 Bucked Up Energy Rocket Pop Ford, 197, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 25, Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 First Phase Chevrolet, 197, , , , , , 18, Running
20) 31, Myatt Snider, No. 31 Tree Top Chevrolet, 196, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 23, Parker Retzlaff, No. 02 Funkaway Chevrolet, 190, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 15, Kyle Weatherman, No. 34 Equity Prime Mortgage Chevrolet, 141, 10, , , , , 16, Accident
23) 37, Garrett Smithley, No. 78 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet, 132, , , , , , 14, DVP
24) 22, Brandon Brown, No. 68 CAT Trailer Sales Chevrolet, 131, , , , , , 13, Accident
25) 36, Joey Gase, No. 35 Donate Life Texas Toyota, 120, , , , , , 12, DVP
26) 30, Josh Williams, No. 36 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet, 118, , , , , , 11, Accident
27) 1, Brandon Jones (P), No. 19 Menards/Pelonis Toyota, 117, , 9, , , , 12, Accident
28) 4, John Hunter Nemechek(i) , No. 18 Romco Equipment Toyota, 116, 7, 3, 3, 60, , 0, Accident
29) 6, Justin Allgaier (P), No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 116, 2, 7, , , , 21, Accident
30) 3, Daniel Hemric (P), No. 11 DaaBIN Store Chevrolet, 116, 1, 4, 2, 12, 1, 24, Accident
31) 21, Brennan Poole(i), No. 6 Macc Door Systems Chevrolet, 116, , , , , , 0, Accident
32) 33, Mason Massey, No. 91 Apollo Energy/Power Center Chevrolet, 116, , , , , , 5, Accident
33) 12, Landon Cassill, No. 10 USIO Chevrolet, 109, , , , , , 4, Accident
34) 28, JJ Yeley, No. 66 Precision Construction & Roofing Ford, 99, , , , , , 3, Water Pump
35) 38, Akinori Ogata(i), No. 13 Mooneyes Toyota, 99, , , , , , 0, Suspension
36) 10, Jeremy Clements (P), No. 51 Straitline Nitro Chevrolet, 79, , , , , , 1, Ignition
37) 34, David Starr, No. 08 CANTERA Design/TOP MFG Ford, 77, , , , , , 1, Accident
38) 27, Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 26 YesWay/ForeverLawn Toyota, 17, , , , , , 1, Accident
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie, (P) Playoffs

Race Length: 200 Laps - 300. Miles
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 38 Mins, 21 Secs.
Average Speed: 113.672 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.238 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 11, 7, 21, 9, 16, 8, 18, 39, 54, 34
Stage 2 Top 10: 16, 9, 18, 11, 54, 21, 7, 39, 19, 1

Comments: Noah Gragson won the Andy's Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, his 12th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory.

Prior to the start, the following cars dropped to the rear for the reasons indicated: No. 08, 4, 13, 44, 45, 54 and 66 (unapproved adjustments) and No. 78 (engine change).

Cautions: 9 for 52 laps;
Laps: 20-24 (#26 Incident on the Backstretch [23]);
38-42 (#38 Spin in Turn 2 [4]);
47-51 (Stage 1 Conclusion [13]);
79-85 (#08 Incident in Turn 2 [None]);
92-96 (Stage 2 Conclusion [38]);
105-109 (#13 Spin in Turn 2 [38]);
111-116 (#10,16, 23, 31, 34, 35, 39 and 68 Incident in Turn 3 [02]);
118-126 (#07, 6, 7, 11, 18 19, 34, 36 and 91 Incident on the Backstretch [35]);
128-132 (#31, 34 and 78 Incident on the Backstretch [68]).

Lead Changes: 14 among 7 drivers;
B. Jones (P) 0;
N. Gragson (P) 1-10;
J. Nemechek(i) (P) 11-38;
D. Hemric (P) 39-47;
J. Nemechek(i) (P) 48-53;
T. Gibbs (P) 54-55;
J. Nemechek(i) (P) 56-81;
T. Gibbs (P) 82;
D. Hemric (P) 83-85;
A. Allmendinger (P) 86-92;
N. Gragson (P) 93-155;
A. Hill # (P) 156;
A. Allmendinger (P) 157-183;
J. Burton 184-188;
N. Gragson (P) 189-200.

Unofficial Xfinity Points: 18th Annual Andy's Frozen Custard 300, Texas Motor Speedway
Rank, Driver, Car, Starts, GL, Points, Ldr, Nxt, Race Wins, Stage Wins, Playoff Pts
1) Noah Gragson (P), 9, 27, 0, 2107, 0, 0, 7, 13, 56
2) AJ Allmendinger (P), 16, 27, 2, 2081, -26, 26, 3, 3, 33
3) Ty Gibbs (P), 54, 27, -1, 2080, -27, 1, 5, 6, 38
4) Austin Hill # (P), 21, 27, 2, 2064, -43, 16, 2, 1, 16
5) Josh Berry (P), 8, 27, 0, 2058, -49, 6, 2, 6, 22
6) Justin Allgaier (P), 7, 27, -3, 2054, -53, 4, 3, 8, 33
7) Sam Mayer (P), 1, 27, 2, 2035, -72, 19, 0, 2, 5
8) Ryan Sieg (P), 39, 27, 4, 2035, -72, 0, 0, 1, 1
9) Riley Herbst (P), 98, 27, 2, 2034, -73, 1, 0, 0, 2
10) Daniel Hemric (P), 11, 27, 0, 2027, -80, 7, 0, 3, 4
11) Brandon Jones (P), 19, 27, -4, 2022, -85, 5, 1, 1, 10
12) Jeremy Clements (P), 51, 27, -4, 2006, -101, 16, 1, 0, 5
13) Landon Cassill, 10, 27, 0, 605, -1502, 1401, 0, 0, 0
14) Sheldon Creed #, 2, 27, 0, 596, -1511, 9, 0, 0, 0
15) Anthony Alfredo, 23, 27, 0, 519, -1588, 77, 0, 0, 0
16) Brandon Brown, 68, 27, 0, 492, -1615, 27, 0, 0, 0
17) Myatt Snider, 31, 27, 0, 433, -1674, 59, 0, 1, 0
18) Jeb Burton, 27, 27, 1, 427, -1680, 6, 0, 0, 0
19) Brett Moffitt, , 21, -1, 416, -1691, 11, 0, 0, 0
20) Alex Labbe, 92, 23, 0, 387, -1720, 29, 0, 0, 0
21) Bayley Currey, 4, 27, 0, 357, -1750, 30, 0, 0, 0
22) Kyle Weatherman, 34, 19, 1, 297, -1810, 60, 0, 0, 0
23) JJ Yeley, 66, 24, -1, 296, -1811, 1, 0, 0, 0
24) Ryan Vargas, , 22, 0, 266, -1841, 30, 0, 0, 0
25) Josh Williams, 36, 22, 1, 248, -1859, 18, 0, 0, 0
26) Trevor Bayne, , 6, -1, 241, -1866, 7, 0, 2, 0
27) Joe Graf Jr, 07, 23, 1, 235, -1872, 6, 0, 0, 0
28) Mason Massey, 91, 19, -1, 230, -1877, 5, 0, 0, 0
29) Kyle Sieg, , 14, 0, 204, -1903, 26, 0, 0, 0
30) Jeffrey Earnhardt, 26, 11, 0, 189, -1918, 15, 0, 0, 0
31) Sammy Smith, , 7, 0, 168, -1939, 21, 0, 1, 0
32) David Starr, 08, 16, 0, 165, -1942, 3, 0, 0, 0
33) Ryan Truex, , 6, 0, 162, -1945, 3, 0, 0, 0
34) Ryan Ellis, , 11, 0, 155, -1952, 7, 0, 0, 0
35) Sage Karam, , 8, 0, 144, -1963, 11, 0, 0, 0
36) Jade Buford, , 9, 0, 127, -1980, 17, 0, 0, 0
37) Parker Retzlaff, 02, 6, 2, 119, -1988, 8, 0, 0, 0
38) Joey Gase, 35, 9, -1, 118, -1989, 1, 0, 0, 0
39) CJ McLaughlin, 38, 9, 4, 109, -1998, 9, 0, 0, 0
40) Patrick Emerling, , 9, -2, 106, -2001, 3, 0, 0, 0
41) Tommy Joe Martins, 44, 6, 4, 87, -2020, 19, 0, 0, 0
42) Jesse Iwuji, , 10, -2, 85, -2022, 2, 0, 0, 0
43) Preston Pardus, , 4, -2, 84, -2023, 1, 0, 0, 0
44) Andy Lally, , 4, -2, 83, -2024, 1, 0, 0, 0
45) Shane Lee, , 5, -1, 71, -2036, 12, 0, 0, 0
46) Derek Griffith, , 4, 0, 56, -2051, 15, 0, 0, 0
47) Nicholas Sanchez, 48, 4, 7, 54, -2053, 2, 0, 0, 0
48) Miguel Paludo, , 3, -1, 52, -2055, 2, 0, 0, 0
49) Scott Heckert, , 4, -1, 50, -2057, 2, 0, 0, 0
50) Patrick Gallagher, , 4, -1, 44, -2063, 6, 0, 0, 0
51) Garrett Smithley, 78, 3, 6, 35, -2072, 9, 0, 0, 0
52) Parker Chase, , 2, -2, 31, -2076, 4, 0, 0, 0
53) Caesar Bacarella, , 4, -2, 31, -2076, 0, 0, 0, 0
54) Drew Dollar, , 2, -2, 30, -2077, 1, 0, 0, 0
55) Howie Disavino, , 3, -2, 30, -2077, 0, 0, 0, 0
56) Dale Earnhardt, , 1, -1, 26, -2081, 4, 0, 0, 0
57) Santino Ferrucci, , 2, -1, 22, -2085, 4, 0, 0, 0
58) Dillon Bassett, , 3, 0, 18, -2089, 4, 0, 0, 0
59) Gray Gaulding, , 2, 0, 17, -2090, 1, 0, 0, 0
60) Natalie Decker, , 3, 0, 17, -2090, 0, 0, 0, 0
61) Bj Mcleod, , 2, 0, 12, -2095, 5, 0, 0, 0
62) Ronnie Bassett, , 2, 0, 10, -2097, 2, 0, 0, 0
63) Chris Dyson, , 1, 0, 9, -2098, 1, 0, 0, 0
64) Spencer Pumpelly, , 1, 0, 8, -2099, 1, 0, 0, 0
65) Dawson Cram, , 1, 0, 7, -2100, 1, 0, 0, 0
66) Bobby Mccarty, , 1, 0, 6, -2101, 1, 0, 0, 0
67) Chad Finchum, , 1, 0, 5, -2102, 1, 0, 0, 0
68) Will Rodgers, , 2, 0, 2, -2105, 3, 0, 0, 0
69) Julia Landauer, , 1, 0, 1, -2106, 1, 0, 0, 0
70) Darren Dilley, , 1, 0, 1, -2106, 0, 0, 0, 0
71) Kyle Larson(i), , 3, 0, 0, -2107, 1, 1, 2, 0
72) Cole Custer(i), , 5, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 1, 1, 0
73) Tyler Reddick(i), , 5, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 1, 0, 0
74) John Hunter Nemechek, 18, 10, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 1, 0
75) Timmy Hill(i), , 6, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
76) William Byron(i), , 3, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 2, 0
77) Alex Bowman(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
78) Ross Chastain(i), , 5, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
79) Ryan Preece(i), , 3, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
80) Kaz Grala(i), , 8, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
81) Chase Briscoe(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
82) Ty Dillon(i), , 4, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
83) Christopher Bell(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
84) Stefan Parsons(i), 45, 19, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
85) Josh Bilicki(i), , 6, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
86) Parker Kligerman(i), , 2, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
87) Connor Mosack(i), , 2, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
88) Matt Mills(i), 5, 15, 1, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
89) Blaine Perkins(i), , 3, -1, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
90) Matt Jaskol(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
91) Kris Wright, , 4, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
92) Brad Perez(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
93) Chandler Smith(i), , 2, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
94) Rajah Caruth(i), , 4, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
95) Akinori Ogata(i), 13, 2, 1, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
96) Mason Filippi, , 1, -1, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
97) Justin Haley(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
98) Austin Dillon(i), , 2, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
99) Ricky Stenhouse(i), , 2, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
100) Bubba Wallace(i), , 2, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
101) Brennan Poole(i), 6, 8, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
102) Loris Hezemans(i), , 1, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
103) Harrison Rhodes, , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
104) Jesse Little(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
105) Chase Elliott(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
106) Austin Wayne Self(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
107) Stan Mullis, , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
108) Tim Viens(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
109) Gar Robinson, , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
110) Dexter Bean, , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
111) Jordan Anderson(i), , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
112) Stanton Barrett, , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
113) Joe Nemechek, , 0, 0, 0, -2107, 0, 0, 0, 0
 -Ldr/-Nxt = Points behind Leader/Next higher, (i) Ineligible for driver points in this serie

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