Auto Club Xfinity race: Cole Custer wins in triple overtime


NASCAR Cup Series regular Cole Custer had a winning return to the Xfinity Series Saturday at Auto Club Speedway.

Custer led a race-high 80 laps but had to survive three overtime attempts before taking the checkered flag. It’s his 10th career victory in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series.

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His win is also the first in the Xfinity Series for SS Green Light Racing. The Bobby Dotter-owned team shares a technical alliance with Custer’s Cup team, Stewart-Haas Racing.

Custer’s crew had a rough day on pit road, where they lost multiple spots on several occasions. But a fast No. 07 Ford helped Custer overcome those issues.

“Man, that was just an awesome car,” Custer told Fox Sports. “That thing was a rocket ship all day. I can’t thank Bobby Dotter enough and everybody who was involved on this car. It was unreal how fast we were.”

Custer took the lead off a restart with six laps to go in scheduled distance (Lap 145 of 150). But a caution with four laps to go sent the race into overtime.

The first OT attempt ended quickly with Brandon Jones spinning in Turn 2 off contact with Daniel Hemric.

Then, on the second OT attempt, Jones got the worst of a clash between Sheldon Creed and Stefan Parsons ahead of him. Jones’ attempt to avoid them led to him sliding into the sand barrels at the entrance to pit road.

That brought out another caution before leader Custer could take the white flag, extending the race again. The race was then red-flagged (23 minutes, one second) for clean-up.

As overtime progressed, Anthony Alfredo emerged as a threat thanks to four fresh tires he had taken prior to the restart on Lap 145.

He restarted outside the top 20 after taking those tires. But through the multiple yellows, he rose all the way up to the front row, lining up alongside Custer for the third and final OT attempt.

On that restart, Alfredo got a push from Justin Allgaier on the inside. But Custer’s big run on the outside gave him the lead off Turn 2.

As Alfredo faded back, Noah Gragson climbed to second place. By then, however, Custer was too far ahead.

“I feel like (the car) was really close all day,” Gragson told Fox Sports. “Just struggled with the cloud cover and the temperature change and being too loose or too tight.

“… We finished third last weekend, finished second this weekend. Hopefully, we got some good points. This is not one of my good tracks, so I’ll take a second-place finish.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Trevor Bayne

STAGE 2 WINNER: Cole Custer

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, finished third in his first of seven races with Joe Gibbs Racing this season … AJ Allmendinger spent 50 laps off the lead lap after pitting under green at Lap 82 for a loose wheel, but recovered to finish seventh.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Jones had a top-five car Saturday, but only had a 33rd-place finish to show for it after his OT troubles … Landon Cassill was eliminated just six laps in when his No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet caught fire. Cassill climbed from the car and was later checked and released from the infield care center.

NOTABLE: Saturday’s 12 cautions set a new track record for the Xfinity Series.

NEXT: Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Saturday, Mar. 5, 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1

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.