SPARTA, Kentucky – Christopher Bell came from the back of the field to win his second Xfinity race of the season, capturing the Alsco 300 Friday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Bell had to start at the rear of the 40-car field after spinning in qualifying. He worked his way toward the front and led the final 17 laps. Daniel Hemric was second, tying his career-best finish for the third time. Kyle Busch placed third.
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Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric are tied for the points lead. Sadler started the season with 12 consecutive top-10 finishes but has placed outside the top 10 in three of the last five races. He finished 12th Friday night. Cole Custer is three points behind Sadler and Hemric.
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NASCAR had dramatic finishes in back-to-back weeks at Chicagoland Speedway in Cup and Daytona International Speedway in the Xfinity series.
One will be part of the Cup highlight reels for decades. The other might be used by NASCAR to illustrate the yellow line rule.
Justin Haley’s last-lap pass on Kyle Larson and Elliott Sadler was deemed illegal when the left-side tires of his Chevrolet crossed over the double yellow line. Larson, who crossed the finish line behind Haley, was crowned the winner, but one week later Haley still thinks the trophy should be his.
“I did cross the start/finish line first, so in my belief, I still won – unofficially,” Haley said in Kentucky Speedway’s media center after posting the fastest lap in Thursday’s final truck practice for the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225.
On the final restart at Daytona, Haley pushed Justin Allgaier in the outside groove. Haley remained dedicated to the outside lane as Larson pushed Allgaier out of position. Exiting Turn 4 on the white flag lap, Haley was momentarily shuffled to fourth, but that gave him a clear space through traffic to the bottom groove. Like a Jack-in-the-Box, he popped out of the pack and shot past the leaders. – but his momentum carried him across the double yellow line and out of bounds on a restrictor-plate track.
“I don’t know when it sunk in. It’s just kind of how it went. I don’t get the opportunity to go over there in Xfinity much.”
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In order to progress up NASCAR’s ladder system from the Camping World Truck Series, Haley was given three opportunities with GMS Racing in the Xfinity series. He finished 12th at Iowa Speedway and came within inches of winning Daytona. His last scheduled opportunity will come at Watkins Glen International.
“Those were kind of my three shots to make something happen and if I didn’t, I wasn’t going to go too far in my career. So, I had to make the most of it and I think I have to this point.”
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Kyle Larson was ruled the winner of a photo finish between him and Elliott Sadler in Friday’s Xfinity race at Daytona after Justin Haley‘s three-wide pass coming to the finish line was declared illegal.
The win is Larson’s third in four starts this season.
Sadler has placed second in the last three Daytona races.
The top five was completed by Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney and Kaz Grala.
After his illegal pass, Haley was credited with an 18th-place finish.
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After his 10th top five of the season, Elliott Sadler has 12-point lead over Daniel Hemric through 16 races.
The top five is completed by Cole Custer (-26 points), Christopher Bell (-35) and Justin Allgaier (-54).
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The Xfinity Series competes under the lights for the annual summertime classic with the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.
William Byron beat Elliott Sadler to the line last year in a race extended by four laps when an 11-car accident on the backstretch brought out a yellow on the final lap.
Here’s all the info you need ahead of today’s race on NBCSN.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Winn-Dixie District Manager Greg Sanford will give the command to start engines at 7:37 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:49 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 100 laps (250 miles) around the 2.5-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 30 Stage 2 ends on Lap 60.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at noon. Qualifying is at 2:10 p.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 3:45 p.m. Driver introductions are at 7:05 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Anthem will be performed at 7:31 p.m.
TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 7:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 7 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for scattered thunderstorms with a high of 80 degrees and a 38 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.
LAST TIME: William Byron took the lead on lap 98 and survived a green-white-checkered finish to beat Elliott Sadler to the line as the caution waved a final time over the field for a five-car accident on the backstretch.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for starting lineup
JOLIET, Ill. — Xfinity Series points leader Elliott Sadler said Friday that sponsor OneMain Financial will not return in the same capacity.
“We know we have some sponsorship to find,” Sadler said at Chicagoland Speedway. “We’ll try to do that. We run good enough to make that happen. I know JR (Motorsports) plans on being, four strong teams next year and they deserve to be.”
JR Motorsports announced earlier in the day that Michael Annett and sponsor Pilot Flying J have signed multi-year agreements to return.
Sadler said that OneMain Financial is looking at “maybe doing a little bit lesser of a schedule of what they’re doing now.”
OneMain Financial has served as the primary sponsor in nine of the first 14 Xfinity races. OneMain Financial is Sadler’s sponsor this weekend.
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