Myatt Snider wins first Xfinity race with overtime charge at Miami

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Myatt Snider took the lead on the second overtime restart and held off Tyler Reddick to score his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win Saturday.

It marks the second week in a row the series has had a first-time winner after Ty Gibbs’ victory last week on the Daytona road course.

“I love you guys,” Snider said on the radio to his team. “Never forget your first one.”

MORE: Tyler Reddick’s second-place disqualified 

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Brandon Jones finished second with Reddick’s car disqualified. Jones was followed by Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton and Austin Cindric.

Snider’s restart in the second overtime made amends for his restart in the first overtime. He was the leader and spun the tires, losing the lead to Reddick before the caution came out for AJ Allmendinger‘s spin.

“It’s just amazing to finally be in this position of having won a NASCAR Xfinity race,” Snider said.

Snider, the son of NBC Sports broadcaster Marty Snider, had the chance to win after Noah Gragson‘s bad luck at Miami continued. Saturday marked the third consecutive Miami race Noah Gragson lost in the final laps.

David Starr had a tire go down and hit the wall. Gragson, coming up on Starr, slammed into the back of Starr’s car as it slowed, ending Gragson’s race.

“What are you going to do?” Gragson told FS1. “You’ve got dip—- in the way every single week.”

Starr was on the lead lap and running 12th when he had the tire go down. Gragson finished 34th. Starr finished 22nd.

Last year, Gragson led the most laps in both Miami races and lost both in the final laps.

Shortly before Gragson’s misfortune, Brett Moffitt was second when he hit the wall with eight laps left in the scheduled distance and cut a tire, forcing him to pit. Moffitt finished eighth.

STAGE 1 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger

STAGE 2 WINNER: Austin Cindric

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Jeb Burton’s fourth-place finish is his third consecutive top five to open the season. … Austin Cindric’s fifth-place finish is his third consecutive top five to open the season.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Harrison Burton‘s engine went up in smoke under caution. He finished last in the 40-car field. He had finished in the top six in each of the first two races of the season. … Justin Allgaier came up the track and made contact with Riley Hebst, putting Allgaier in the wall, ending his race. He finished 39th. He has not finished better than 26th in the first three races of the year and been eliminated by a crash twice this year.

NOTABLE: Former IndyCar driver Santino Ferruci, making his first Xfinity start, finished 30th.

NEXT: The series races at 4:30 p.m. ET March 6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on FS1.

Talladega Xfinity starting lineup: Austin Hill wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway after scoring his first career Xfinity Series pole.

Hill won the pole Friday with a lap of 182.036 mph. He will be joined on the front row by fellow playoff contender Ty Gibbs (181.981 mph).

MORE: Talladega Xfinity starting lineup

Playoff drivers will start in seven of the top eight spots. The exception is Sheldon Creed, who will start third after a lap of 181.870 mph. Hill and Creed give Richard Childress Racing the first and third starting spots.

Justin Allgaier (181.529) qualified fourth and Brandon Jones (181.305) completed the top five. Noah Gragson, who has won four races in a row, starts sixth after a lap of 181.134 mph and is followed by playoff drivers Josh Berry (181.052) and AJ Allmendinger (180.932).

The Xfinity Series race is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Saturday on USA Network.

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Nemechek earned the pole with a lap of 178.767 mph.

Nemechek is one of four playoff drivers starting in the top six: Chandler Smith (second, 177.732 mph), Zane Smith (fourth, 177.061) and Ty Majeski (sixth, 176.744). Majeski clinched a spot in next month’s championship race at Phoenix with his Bristol win.

MORE: Talladega Truck starting lineup

Also qualifying in the top five were Carson Hocevar (177.068) in third and Matt Crafton (176.960) in fifth.

Failing to qualify are Tim Viens, Spencer Boyd, Jason White and Natalie Decker.

Saturday Talladega Xfinity race: Start time, TV info, weather

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The second race of the opening round of the Xfinity playoffs takes drivers to Talladega Superspeedway.

Noah Gragson secured his spot in the next round by winning last weekend at Texas. Ryan Sieg holds the final transfer spot. Riley Herbst is the first driver below the cutline, one point behind Sieg. Also below the cutline are reigning series champion Daniel Hemric (-8 points), Brandon Jones (-12) and Jeremy Clements (-28).

Details for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Talladega Superspeedway

(All times Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be given at 4:09 p.m. … Green flag is scheduled to wave at 4:21 p.m.

PRERACE: Xfinity garage opens at 1 p.m. … Driver introductions are at 3:30 p.m. … The invocation will be given at 4 p.m. … The Brookwood High School choir will perform the anthem at 4:02 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 113 laps (300.58 miles) on the 2.66-mile speedway.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends at Lap 25. Stage 2 ends at Lap 50.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 4 p.m. Countdown to Green begins at 3:30 p.m. on USA Network. … Motor Racing Network coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. and also will stream at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry the MRN broadcast.

STREAMING: NBCsports.com

FORECAST: Weather Underground — Sunny with a high of 78 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Noah Gragson won and was followed by Jeffrey Earnhardt and AJ Allmendinger.

 

Could Talladega open door for a record 20th winner?

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Talladega Superspeedway is known for fast speeds, huge drafting packs, sensational wrecks and tight finishes.

On Sunday (2 p.m. ET on NBC), it could be the site of an unexpected record.

Nineteen different drivers have won Cup races this season, tying a record. If a new winner shows up in Talladega victory lane Sunday, it will mark the first time in the sport’s history that 20 drivers have won races in a single season.

One of the remarkable things about that possibility is that the driver who has far and away the best record at Talladega among active drivers is among the group still looking for a win in 2022. That’s Brad Keselowski, who has won six times at NASCAR’s biggest track. No other active driver has more than three. (Keselowski is tied for second on the all-time Talladega win list with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Dale Earnhardt tops that list with 10).

Talladega and Daytona tend to reject repeat winners. The past nine races at the two tracks have been won by nine different drivers.

Other seasonal non-winners who could break through at Talladega:

Ryan BlaneyBlaney’s only win this year is in the All-Star Race, so he’s still looking for his first points win while continuing to chase the championship. He won at Talladega in 2019 and 2020.

Martin Truex Jr. — Superspeedways have been a pox on Truex’s career. In 70 races at Talladega and Daytona, he has failed to win.

Aric Almirola — In what has been a disappointing season, Almirola’s best finish is a fifth — twice. He won at Talladega in 2018 but hasn’t had a top 10 in his last four runs there.

Michael McDowell — McDowell’s best finish at Talladega is a third, but he is usually very competitive in the Talladega and Daytona drafts, winning the 2021 Daytona 500.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. — Stenhouse won at Talladega in 2017 and usually is a factor in the draft.

Harrison Burton — Burton has had a tough rookie season, but the peculiarities of the Talladega draft should play in his favor. The No. 21 team’s next win will be its 100th.

Justin Haley — Haley has no top-10 runs in five Talladega starts, but he showed potential last week with a third-place finish at Texas.

Corey LaJoie — LaJoie has started nine Cup races at Talladega and has led exactly one lap. His best finish is a seventh.

Noah Gragson — Gragson, the star of this Xfinity season, is in the No. 48 for Hendrick Motorsports with Alex Bowman out because of concussion-like symptoms. In the Talladega draft he could be a threat.