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.

12 Cup cars to be docked practice Friday at Talladega

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — Twelve cars, including those of Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch will be docked 15 minutes of practice in Friday’s opening session for inspection issues.

The opening session is from 12:35 – 1:25 p.m. ET.

The cars of Johnson, Michael McDowell and Gray Gaulding will  miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice last weekend at Richmond.

The cars of Trevor Bayne, Ty Dillon and Erik Jones will miss 15 minutes for failing pre-qualifying inspection twice at Richmond.

The cars of Truex and Busch will miss 15 minutes of practice for being late to inspection before the race at Richmond.

The cars of David Ragan, Daniel Suarez, Ross Chastain and Timmy Hill will miss 15 minutes because they were late to qualifying inspection last week at Richmond.

Eleven cars will be held 15 minutes in the opening practice Friday in the Xfinity Series.

Cars penalized for being late to inspection at Richmond are those of Tyler Reddick, Joe Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Spencer Gallagher, JJ Yeley, Chad Finchum, John Hunter Nemechek, Jeremy Clements and Chase Briscoe.

Cars being penalized for failing inspection twice at Richmond are those of Ryan Truex and Kaz Grala.

Clements also will be penalized 15 minutes in the final practice session for failing inspection twice at Richmond.

Opening Xfinity practice is from 11:35 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. ET

Final Xfinity practice is from 1:35 – 2:25  p.m. ET.

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Christopher Bell wins Xfinity race at Richmond

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Christopher Bell fended off teammate Noah Gragson to break through and win his first Xfinity race of the year Friday night at Richmond Raceway.

Bell led the final 79 laps around the .75-mile track to score his second career win. He had finished in the top five in four of the first seven races this season.

“That was pretty special there, buddy,” Bell told Fox Sports 1. “Had to work for it. My teammate was really good and I knew throughout both practices that both of our cars were going to be really strong. Joe Gibbs Racing has been producing really, really fast Camrys for last couple of weeks and it’s really shown.”

Gragson placed second in his first career Xfinity start. He bounced back from an uncontrolled tire penalty early in the race.

He hounded Bell for much of the last 15 laps, but could never pull even with him.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Gragson told FS1 of his first series start at the short track. “I found a little something in the track, a little speed there at the end of the second stage on old tires. I kept it in my memory bank until the end and I told me team, ‘I got something, when it’s time to go tell me when.’ About 18 to go, I told them, ‘Can’t wait any longer, I don’t have any more patience.”

Gragson, who drives full-time in the Camping World Truck Series, led 10 laps.

The top five was completed by Elliott Sadler, Matt Tifft and Austin Cindric.

With his third-place finish, Sadler won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Bell, Sadler, Tifft and Cindric will be eligible for the third Dash 4 Cash bonus next week at Talladega.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Daniel Hemric

STAGE 2 WINNER: Elliott Sadler, first stage win of season

MORE: Race results, points

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Austin Cindric earned his first career top five after starting from the rear for an unapproved adjustment … Matt Tifft earned his fourth career top five … Ryan Truex placed seventh to give Kaulig Racing its fourth top 10 of the year. It earned five last year … Jeremy Clements placed eighth, earning his first top 10 since he won at Road America in August.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: After winning Stage 1, Daniel Hemric lost his right front tire with three laps to go in Stage 2, but made it to the end. He finished 29th, four laps down … Justin Allgaier spun after ramming into the back of Spencer Gallagher with 86 laps to go. Chase Briscoe was also received damage in the incident. Allgaier finished 14th. Briscoe placed 26th.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT: “My wife’s already spent it.” – Elliott Sadler to FS1 after winning the Dash 4 Cash bonus.

WHAT’S NEXT: Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway at 3 p.m. ET on April 28 on Fox.

Ryan Blaney wins Xfinity pole at Texas in rain-shortened qualifying

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Ryan Blaney qualified first for Saturday’s Xfinity race at Texas Motor Speedway after a light rain shortened qualifying for the My Bariatric Solutions 300 to one round.

The pole is Blaney’s second in 66 Xfinity starts. It’s Team Penske’s 60th Xfinity pole and the first of this season.

Ryan Truex will start second. It’s his first front row start since winning the pole for the June 2012 race at Dover.

The starting top five is Blaney, Truex, Brandon Jones, Ryan Reed and Jamie McMurray.

Only 34 cars made a qualifying attempt in round one. Kevin Harvick, Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler and Kaz Grala were among the eight drivers who did not make it through inspection in time to make a lap.

Two drivers for underfunded teams who don’t normally qualify in the top 12 (though there was no final round) benefited from the absence of several contenders in qualifying.

JJ Yeley will start ninth and Jeremy Clements will start 12th.

The first round of qualifying was red flagged twice for rain and a third time for a Mike Harmon spin.

Harmon and Matt Mills failed to qualify.

Click here for qualifying results.

Tyler Reddick wins Xfinity Series opener at Daytona in overtime finish

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Tyler Reddick won the Xfinity Series opener at Daytona after a track record 12 cautions, a record five restarts in overtime and one red flag period.

Driving the No. 9 Chevrolet, Reddick beat his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler in the closest finish in national NASCAR series history, earning his second Xfinity win.

The margin of victory was 0.0004.

“That was insane. I just saw a picture of it like 10 minutes ago. It’s not much,” Reddick said in the winner’s press conference. “I guess it was just enough, just soon enough.”

The previous closest finish was .001 in the 1995 Truck Series race at Colorado National Speedway, won by Butch Miller over Mike Skinner.

The top five was completed by Ryan Reed, rookie Kaz Grala and Garrett Smithley.

“Feels amazing,” Reddick told Fox Sports 1. “This was a hell of a way to start off the year with JR Motorsports. … This is a hell of way to get my second win, my first win with JR Motorsports.”

Reddick is now qualified for the Xfinity playoffs.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity,” Reddick said. “It’s just going to take a little bit of time to het honed in. I guess we’re getting along good right off the bat. We were having some problems all day long. We were having some issues with the motor. I don’t know exactly what it was, but it held on all race long. It was getting worse at the end.”

Reddick, 22, led 11 laps in the race. None of them were in regulation.

Overtime was setup by a spin by Sadler with three laps to go in the scheduled distance on the backstretch. Sadler had previously been black flagged along with Chase Elliott for locking their bumpers together for too long with 26 to go.

Sadler was able to mount a comeback thanks to a crash with 22 to go.

It resulted in his third runner-up finish in the last three restrictor-plate races.

“I was trying to figure out how close to get to (Reddick),” Sadler told Fox Sports 1. “My spotter was telling me the 16 (Reed) was coming too, so I didn’t want to leave him the outside. Man, I really want to win this race. Most eventful race I’ve ever been a part of. Spun there twice. Got black flagged for absolutely no reason in my opinion but that’s the way it goes. … I’m proud that a JR Motorsports car went to victory lane, but I wish it was us today.”

Originally scheduled for 120 laps, the race ended after 143 laps. That’s a series record at Daytona.

The first overtime attempt was marred by a massive wreck on the backstretch that involved 18 cars.

The race marked the 100th for Xfinity as the series sponsor.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Larson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Chase Elliott

MORE: Race results and point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Garrett Smithley bounced back from a late-race accident to earn his first top five in his 67th start. His previous best result was eighth in this race last year … Ryan Reed earned his sixth top five. Four have come at Daytona … Spencer Gallagher finished a career-best sixth in his 41st start. Gallagher had been involved in a one-car accident on the second overtime restart … Jeff Green finished 11th for his best finish since placing 10th at Talladega last year.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: In his first start on an oval in Xfinity, Austin Cindric started a eight-car wreck in the tri-oval as the field began Lap 11. The wreck eliminated Cindric and Christopher Bell … With 14 to go in the original distance, the caution waived for separate spins by Garrett Smithley and Michael Annett in the tri-oval. Smithley was turned by Ryan Truex and Annett was turned by Brandon Jones … Drivers included in the massive crash on first overtime restart: Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliot, Joey Gase, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier, Austin Dillon, Matt Tifft, Jeremy Clements, Joe Nemechek, Brandon Brown, Cole Custer, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones, David Starr, Jeff Green, Dylan Lupton and Caesar Bacarella.

NOTABLE: Reddick’s win is his second at Daytona. He won the 2015 Truck Series opener at the track. The average age of the field was 28 years, 10 months and 11 days, the youngest ever at Daytona … The 357.5 miles in the race is the second longest race in series history in terms of miles.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “When I have enough fuel, yes.” – David Elenz, crew chief for Tyler Reddick when asked if he likes unlimited restarts in overtime.

QUOTE OF THE DAY 2: “Either way, fine with me.” – JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. after being told the margin of victory was the closest in history.

WHAT’S NEXT: Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 24 on Fox Sports 1.