Spencer Gallagher claims first Xfinity win in overtime finish at Talladega

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Spencer Gallagher won the Sparks Energy 300 in an overtime finish at Talladega Superspeedway, claiming his first career win in his 49th career start.

The overtime finish happened after leader Justin Allgaier ran out of gas, extending a caution that began with eight laps to go because of a cut tire by Daniel Hemric.

Gallagher beat Brandon Jones, Allgaier, Noah Gragson and Elliott Sadler in the two-lap shootout. Gallagher only led the final lap of the race. It was his first lap led in Xfinity competition.

Gallagher drives for GMS Racing, which is owned by his father, Maurice Gallagher, Jr.

“The only thing going through my mind was ‘I hope to hell this works’,” Spencer Gallagher told Fox. “Gosh, I’m so happy right now. GMS Racing brought such an incredible car here. To qualify this thing third and race the way we did all day, I knew we had some speed. It didn’t seem real for awhile there. That whole last lap it was kind of a dream. You’d hear your spotter taking to you in the background. All you’re really doing is looking into your mirror. … It’s always wild the last lap at Talladega, but we brought it home, baby!”

Sadler bounced back from a speeding penalty to finish fifth and win the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus for the second week in a row.

Gallagher, Jones, Allgaier and Gragson are eligible for the last Dash 4 Cash bonus next weekend at Dover.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Daniel Hemric

STAGE 2 WINNER: Elliott Sadler

MORE: Race results/point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Brandon Jones earned his career-best result in 80 starts. His previous best was fifth. … Noah Gragson has finished in the top four in his first two Xfinity starts … Elliott Sadler has finished in the top 10 in all nine races this season. … Ryan Sieg placed sixth for his best result of the season. He has eight top 10s in 145 starts.

WHO HAD A BAD DAYAustin Cindric finished 30th after running out of gas coming to the green flag of overtime … Five drivers, including Ryan Truex, were eliminated in a six-car incident on Lap 34 … Jeremy Clements finished 35th after his engine expired on Lap 53 … Matt Tifft finished 25th after having to pit for a cut tire late in the race.

NOTABLE: Spencer Gallagher is the third driver to earn his first Xfinity win at Talladega … Gallagher is the third full-time Xfinity regular to win this season, joining Tyler Reddick (Daytona) and Christopher Bell (Richmond).

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When we get home we’re going to party like it’s 1999.” – Spencer Gallagher to Fox.

QUOTE OF THE DAY No. 2: “If I win the Xfinity Dash 4 Cash (next week), I am taking every person at GMS out for steak dinner until I’m out of money or they’re out of cows. Whichever comes first.” – Spencer Gallagher

WHAT’S NEXT: OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway at 1:30 p.m. ET on May 5 on Fox Sports 1.

Cup Series Thursday night racing factoids

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When it comes to 1.5-mile tracks like Charlotte Motor Speedway, no one driver is getting comfortable in Victory Lane.

Entering tonight’s 310-mile race at Charlotte (7 p.m. ET on FS1), the second Cup race in five days on the oval, the series has seen eight different winners in the last eight visits to a 1.5-mile track.

That streak dates back to June 2019 when Alex Bowman earned his first career Cup Series win in a race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Between that race and Brad Keselowski’s win in the Coca-Cola 600, winners on 1.5-mile tracks included: Kurt Busch (Kentucky), Martin Truex Jr. (Las Vegas), Denny Hamlin (Kansas), Kevin Harvick (Texas), Kyle Busch (Miami) and Joey Logano (Las Vegas).

The Cup Series hasn’t seen a stretch of parity like that on 1.5-mile tracks since 2011, when the last eight 1.5-mile races were won by a different driver.

Here are some other interesting tidbits heading into tonight’s race.

Jimmie Johnson is entering his 37th and likely final Cup Series points start on the Charlotte oval. His eight points race wins and four All-Star Race wins there lead all drivers.

– Johnson has led 1,936 laps on the Charlotte oval, second most all-time to Bobby Allison (2,338).

– Hendrick Motorsports has 19 points wins at Charlotte by seven different drivers. That number of drivers is tied for the most all-time. Hendrick has seven different winners at Pocono and Talladega. Wood Brothers Racing has seven different winners at Daytona.

– Joe Gibbs Racing has 21 Cup wins since the start of 2019, which is 49% of races. Denny Hamlin has eight of those wins, which leads all drivers. Team Penske is second with nine wins.

– Tonight’s Cup race at Charlotte is scheduled for 208 laps. Only two races at Charlotte were scheduled for less laps and both were qualifying races in 1961 at 67 laps each for the 1961 World 600.

 

Jeff Burton joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton will be on today’s Lunch Talk Live with host Mike Tirico. Today’s show airs at noon ET on NBCSN.

Also on Thursday’s show will be Supercross points leader Eli Tomac.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Today’s scheduled guests are:

  • Noon – Robbie Earle, Premier League on NBC
  • 12:05 p.m. – Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians manager
  • 12:15 p.m. – Chris Simms, FNIA/PFT/Unbuttoned/Notre Dame
  • 12:30 p.m. – Jeff Burton, NASCAR on NBC
  • 12:40 p.m. – Chris Mullin, Basketball Hall of Famer
  • 12:50 p.m. – Eli Tomac, Supercross current points leader

NASCAR adjusts Xfinity Dash 4 Cash schedule

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NASCAR announced changes to the Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash races on Thursday.

Here is the schedule:

June 1 – Bristol Motor Speedway (will determine four eligible drivers for first Dash 4 Cash event)

June 6 – Atlanta Motor Speedway (Dash 4 Cash event No. 1)

June 14 – Homestead-Miami Speedway (Dash 4 Cash event No. 2)

June 20 – Talladega Superspeedway (Dash 4 Cash event No. 3)

TBA – Next scheduled Xfinity series race after Talladega (Dash 4 Cash event No. 4)

Each Dash 4 Cash event will have four eligible drivers racing for the $100,000 bonus.

The driver who wins the bonus advances to the next Dash 4 Cash event. The next three-highest finishing Xfinity Series drivers eligible for the series title, qualify for the next Dash 4 Cash race.

Previously, Miami was to have served as the qualifying race and was to be followed by Dash 4 Cash races at Texas, Bristol, Talladega and Dover. All those events were postponed because of the COIVD-19 pandemic.

Cup, Xfinity entry lists for Bristol Motor Speedway

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Almost two months it was originally scheduled, NASCAR will finally hold its first Bristol Motor Speedway race weekend of the year.

The Cup and Xfinity Series continue their marathon of races this weekend. The Cup Series will race on Sunday and the Xfinity Series will compete Monday night.

Here are the entry lists for this weekend’s races.

Cup – Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 (3:30 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox)

Forty cars are entered into the race.

JJ Yeley is entered in Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 7 Chevrolet.

Gray Gaulding is entered in Rick Ware Racing’s 27 Ford.

Kyle Busch won this race last year over his brother Kurt Busch.

Denny Hamlin won last year’s night race over Matt DiBenedetto.

Click here for the entry list.

Xfinity – Cheddar’s 300 (7 p.m. ET Monday on FS1)

There are 37 cars entered.

Modified driver Patrick Emerling will make his Xfinity Series debut in Our Motorsports’ No. 02 Chevrolet. Brett Moffitt drove the car in the first six races of the season.

Carson Ware makes his Xfinity Series debut driving SS Green Light Racing’s No. 07 Chevrolet.

A.J. Allmendinger is entered in Kaulig Racing’s No. 16 Chevrolet.

Myatt Snider is entered in Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet.

Christopher Bell won this race last year over Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer. Chase Briscoe, who finished fourth, is the highest finishing returning driver from that race.

Reddick won last year’s night race over Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek.

Click here for the entry list.