Aric Almirola wins by a nose in Friday’s Xfinity race at Daytona


You might call it a cautionary win of sorts for Aric Almirola in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

A multi-car wreck behind him on Lap 103 – three laps past the scheduled finish – froze the field under caution with NASCAR ruling Almirola was ahead of runner-up Justin Allgaier.

“Yeah baby, we’re going to victory lane tonight,” Almirola said on his radio once NASCAR officials – after about five minutes of video review – awarded him the narrow win.

It was Almirola’s first Xfinity Series win since 2007 at Milwaukee (he started the race and was given credit for the win, even though Denny Hamlin took over and was in the car when it crossed the finish line), his first Xfinity win at Daytona and also his first win of any type since winning the rain-shortened 2014 Coke Zero Sprint Cup race at Daytona.

Making Friday night’s win more special for Almirola is that he grew up about 120 miles away in Tampa, Florida.

“This is so cool,” Almirola said to NBCSN in victory lane. “God, I’m so glad to be back in victory lane here at Daytona. This is such a special place for me.”

HOW ALMIROLA WON: Almirola and Justin Allgaier put on a thrilling run to the finish. However, the GWC finished short, as an eight-car wreck prompted NASCAR to throw the caution, freezing the field and awarding the win to Almirola, who was less than a nose ahead of Allgaier when the caution light flashed.

WHO ALSO HAD A GOOD RACE: Allgaier made a late surge to get back to the front and had there not been the wreck on the final lap, freezing the field, the outcome could have been reversed.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Due primarily to being involved in wrecks, among those with rough days included Joe Nemechek, Justin Marks, Ryan Preece, Daniel Suarez, Maro Gosselin, Brandon Jones, Corey LaJoie, Austin Dillon, David Starr and Brennan Poole.

NOTABLE: David Ragan looked like he was headed to the win before being shuffled back and then involved in the wreck that ended the race. Ragan was a replacement driver for Matt Tifft, who underwent successful surgery earlier in the evening to remove a tumor on his brain.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When you lose ‘em by that little bit, it definitely is frustrating. When you can be disappointed with second, though, it’s still a good day.” – Justin Allgaier.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Alsco 300, July 8, at Kentucky Speedway.

Portland Xfinity race results, driver points

Portland Xfinity results
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Cole Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when the top three cars made contact and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway. Custer is the 10th different winner in 13 races this season.

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JR Motorsports took the next three spots: Justin Allgaier placed second, Sam Mayer was third and Josh Berry was fourth. Austin Hill completed the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek remains the points leader after 13 races. He has a 14-point lead on Hill. Nemechek leads Allgaier by 44 points.

Cole Custer wins Xfinity race at Portland in overtime


Cole Custer held off Justin Allgaier at the finish to win Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in overtime at Portland International Raceway. It is Custer’s first victory of the season.

JR Motorsports placed second, third and fourth with Allgaier, Sam Mayer and Josh Berry. Austin Hill finished fifth.

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Custer went from fourth to first on the overtime restart when Parker Kligerman, who restarted third, attempted to pass Allgaier, who was leading. Sheldon Creed was on the outside of Allgaier. All three cars made contact entering Turn 1, allowing Custer to slip by. Creed finished seventh. Kligerman placed 14th.

Custer won the second stage when John Hunter Nemechek made contact with Creed’s car while racing for the lead on the final lap of the stage. The contact spun Creed and Custer inched by Nemechek at the line.

Early in the final stage, Creed gained revenge with contact that spun Nemechek, who went on to finish 10th. A few laps later, Nemechek and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Sammy Smith had issues. Smith spun Nemechek. After getting back around, Nemechek quickly caught Smith and turned into Smith’s car, damaging it.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Sheldon Creed

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Despite the contact on the overtime restart, runner-up Justin Allgaier managed to score his fourth consecutive top-three finish. … Sam Mayer’s third-place finish is his best on a road course. … Austin Hill’s fifth-place finish gives him four consecutive top-five results.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Daniel Hemric finished 33rd after a fire in his car. … Riley Herbst placed 32nd after an engine issue. After opening the season with six top 10s in a row, Herbst has gone seven races in a row without a top 10.

NEXT: The series competes June 10 at Sonoma Raceway (8 p.m. ET on FS1).

Truck race results at WWT Raceway: Grant Enfinger wins


Grant Enfinger took the lead when the leaders wrecked in the final laps and held off the field in overtime to win Saturday’s Craftsman Truck Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway.

It is Enfinger’s second win in the last five races. He also collected a $50,000 bonus for winning the Triple Truck Challenge.

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Christian Eckes finished second and was followed by Stewart Friesen, Carson Hocevar and Chase Purdy.

Ty Majeski and Zane Smith wrecked while racing for the lead with six laps to go. Majeski, running on the inside of Smith, slid up the track and clipped Smith’s truck. Both hit the wall. That put Enfinger in the lead.

Smith finished 20th. Majeski placed 30th.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Grant Enfinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Stewart Friesen

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Grant Enfinger’s victory is his fourth top 10 in the last five races. … Carson Hocevar’s fourth-place finish is his fourth consecutive top-five result. … Stewart Friesen’s third-place finish moved him into a playoff spot with four races left in the regular season. … Matt DiBenedetto‘s sixth-place finish is his third consecutive top 10. … Jesse Love finished ninth in his series debut.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ty Majeski had a chance to take the points lead with series leader Corey Heim out because of illness, but Majeski’s 30th-place finish after running at the front most of the day, leaves him behind Heim. … Hailie Deegan finished 32nd after contact sent her truck into the wall hard. … After finishing a career-high third last week at Charlotte, Dean Thompson placed 34th Saturday due to an engine issue.

NEXT: The series races June 23 at Nashville Superspeedway (8 p.m. ET on FS1)

Xfinity starting lineup at Portland: Sheldon Creed wins pole


Sheldon Creed scored his first career Xfinity Series pole by taking the top spot for Saturday’s race at Portland International Raceway.

Creed, making his 50th career series start, earned the pole with a lap of 95.694 mph on the 1.97-mile road course.

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Cole Custer will start second with a lap of 95.398 mph. He is followed by Josh Berry (94.242 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (95.127) and Charlotte winner Justin Allgaier (94.897). Road racing specialist Jordan Taylor, driving for Kaulig Racing, qualified sixth at 94.772 mph.

The green flag is scheduled to wave 4:46 p.m. ET Saturday on FS1.