Mayer Over Sieg by Inches in Texas Thriller

The finish was this close after 200 laps at Texas

(FORT WORTH, TX – APR 13, 2024 – RIS) Sam Mayer sped in pursuit of Ryan Sieg in the final lap of the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway to eke out a win of only two thousandths of a second (it looked like two or three inches at most on the race broadcast) ahead of the family team driver in search of his first series win.

“That’s absolutely unreal,” said Mayer. “It took a lot [to take the victory] - Props to him [Sieg],” he continued.

“I was doing all I could do – we’re running where we need to be (top five)” said Sieg.

Justin Allgaier dominated the race, leading four times for a total of 117 laps but could not hold off the charges of Mayer and Sieg after the final restart, finishing third, just ahead of AJ Allmendiger.

Unofficial Results: Andy's Frozen Custard 300, April 13, 2024 - Texas Motor Speedway
Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms Led, Laps Led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 
10, Sam Mayer, No. 1 Carolina Carports Chevrolet, 200, , 10, 4, 5, 5, 41, Running
2) 
14, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 Sci Aps Ford, 200, 8, 5, 1, 17, , 44, Running
3) 
6, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT/TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet, 200, 1, 1, 4, 117, 2, 54, Running
4) 
8, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Celsius Chevrolet, 200, 9, 9, , , , 37, Running
5) 
2, Cole Custer, No. 00 Andy's Frozen Custard Ford, 200, 5, 2, 1, 1, , 47, Running
6) 
13, Austin Hill, No. 21 Global Industrial/Bennett Chevrolet, 200, 7, 7, 1, 25, , 39, Running
7) 
7, Ryan Truex, No. 20 The Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota, 200, 6, , , , , 35, Running
8) 
9, Sammy Smith, No. 8 Pilot Flying J Coffee Chevrolet, 200, , 6, , , , 34, Running
9) 
1, Jesse Love #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 200, , 8, 1, 1, , 31, Running
10) 
12, Anthony Alfredo, No. 5 Botticelli Family Owned Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 
3, Taylor Gray(i), No. 19 Operation 300 Toyota, 200, , , , , , 0, Running
12) 
22, Josh Williams, No. 11 Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 25, Running
13) 
11, Brandon Jones, No. 9 Menards/Atlas Roofing Chevrolet, 200, 4, 4, 2, 2, , 38, Running
14) 
23, Kyle Sieg, No. 28 RSS Racing Ford, 200, , , , , , 23, Running
15) 
4, Chandler Smith, No. 81 QuickTie Toyota, 200, 2, , 1, 26, , 31, Running
16) 
18, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 First Pacific Funding Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 21, Running
17) 
17, Corey Heim(i), No. 26 Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota, 200, , , , , , 0, Running
18) 
33, Shane Van Gisbergen #, No. 97 Worldwide Express Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 
15, Sheldon Creed, No. 18 Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota, 200, , , 1, 2, , 18, Running
20) 
27, Matt DiBenedetto, No. 38 Viking Motorsports Ford, 200, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 
25, Brennan Poole, No. 44 Prime Bites Brownie Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 
29, Parker Retzlaff, No. 31 FUNKAWAY Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 
20, Hailie Deegan #, No. 15 AirBox Ford, 200, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 
24, Daniel Dye(i), No. 10 bproauto parts Chevrolet, 200, , , , , , 0, Running
25) 
16, Parker Kligerman, No. 48 Spiked Lite Coolers Chevrolet, 200, 10, , 1, 4, , 13, Running
26) 
36, Ryan Ellis, No. 43 Eclipse Claims Consulting Chevrolet, 199, , , , , , 11, Running
27) 
5, Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 199, 3, 3, , , , 26, Running
28) 
38, David Starr, No. 14 SHAR Ford, 198, , , , , , 9, Running
29) 
28, Josh Bilicki, No. 92 Milestone Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 
37, Joey Gase, No. 35 Donate Life TX Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 
31, Leland Honeyman #, No. 42 Distributor Wire & Cable Co Chevrolet, 198, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 
21, Jeb Burton, No. 27 State Water Heaters Chevrolet, 197, , , , , , 5, Running
33) 
30, Patrick Emerling, No. 07 Sesh Products Chevrolet, 197, , , , , , 4, Running
34) 
32, Garrett Smithley, No. 6 Trophy Tractor Inc. Chevrolet, 197, , , , , , 3, Running
35) 
26, Blaine Perkins, No. 29 AutoParkit.com Ford, 197, , , , , , 2, Running
36) 
19, Kyle Weatherman, No. 91 Tweaker Energy/DriveSmart Chevrolet, 191, , , , , , 1, Accident
37) 
34, Dawson Cram #, No. 4  Chevrolet, 191, , , , , , 1, Running
38) 
35, Chad Finchum, No. 66 HART HVAC & Electric Ford, 127, , , , , , 1, Suspension
(i)
 Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Race Length: 200 Laps, 300. Miles
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 22 Mins, 53 Secs
Average Speed: 125.977 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.002 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 7, 81, 98, 9, 00, 20, 21, 39, 16, 48
Stage 2 Top 10: 7, 00, 98, 9, 39, 8, 21, 2, 16, 1

Comments: Sam Mayer won the Andy's Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, his fifth victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty: Nos. 28, 31, 38, 51 (unapproved adjustments).

Cautions: 7 for 35 laps;
Laps: 13-16 (No. 10 Spin Turn 2 [None]);
47-52 (Stage 1 Conclusion [92]);
81-84 (No. 42 Spin Turn 2 [92]);
92-97 (Stage 2 Conclusion [42]);
103-106 (No. 27 Incident Frontstretch [35]);
174-179 (No. 7, 42 Incident Turn 2 [51]);
185-189 (No. 15, 91 Incident Frontstretch [38]).

Lead Changes: 16 among 10 drivers;
J. Love # 1;
C. Smith 2-27;
J. Allgaier 28-48;
B. Jones 49;
J. Allgaier 50-80;
C. Custer 81;
J. Allgaier 82-142;
S. Mayer 143;
S. Creed 144-145;
A. Hill 146-170;
J. Allgaier 171-174;
S. Mayer 175;
P. Kligerman 176-179;
B. Jones 180;
S. Mayer 181-182;
R. Sieg 183-199;
S. Mayer 200.

John Davison

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

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