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Harrison Burton takes lead with 2 laps to go for Xfinity win in Miami

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Harrison Burton led the last two laps, but that was enough to win his second race of the season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, capturing the first of a two-race weekend doubleheader at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“So much fun, for me especially,” Burton said. “I gave him (Gragson) the lead on the outside early and I think he chose the inside because of that. I knew I couldn’t give it to him again.

“This is such a tight series and everyone is so, so competitive that you kind of have to claw and dig every chance you get. This was one of those times where he kind of got loose and got under him and it was a good race, that’s for sure.”

The 19-year-old Burton, son of NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton, has now won twice (also won at Fontana) this season and has earned seven top-5 finishes in the first nine races.

Burton overtook runner-up Austin Cindric and prior race leader Noah Gragson, who was seeking his third win of the season, but tailed off on the last lap to finish third. Anthony Alfredo finished fourth and NASCAR on NBC analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth in his first race since last August’s Xfinity race at Darlington.

Burton becomes the third two-time winner of the season, joining Gragson and Chase Briscoe. The series returns for its second race of the weekend Sunday at Miami.

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STAGE 1 WINNER: Ryan Sieg

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

Who had a good race: Dale Earnhardt Jr., making his first start since late last August at Darlington, finished fifth.

Who had a bad race: Tommy Joe Martins had high hopes coming into the race, only to suffer a mechanical failure prior to the start of the race. Repairs were made and he finished 31st.

Notable: Chase Briscoe’s race started off disastrous: a piece of ballast fall off his car during the pace laps. After repairs, he rejoined the race six laps down, but was able to make up the laps and was up to sixth place by Lap 132, but hit the wall with 11 laps left and finished seventh. NASCAR announced late Saturday night that it has handed down four-race suspensions to Briscoe’s crew chief Richard Boswell, car chief Nick Hutchins and engineer DJ Vanderley, starting with Sunday’s Xfinity Series race at Miami. The trio will also miss upcoming races at Talladega, Pocono and Indianapolis. They are eligible to return at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 9. The incident and resulting penalty is similar to the ballast that fell off Denny Hamlin’s car prior to the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24.

Next race: The Xfinity Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday (12 p.m. ET on FS1) for the second half of the weekend doubleheader.

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Ty Majeski shakes off late-race contact to win Friday Night Thunder

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Ty Majeski once again showed why he’s one of the best iRacing drivers in the world, dominating from the pole en route to the win under the lights in Friday Night Thunder at a virtual Martinsville Speedway.

“I was able to control the race starting up front and was able to control all those restarts,” Majeski said on  the  eNASCAR broadcast. “Thankfully, I was just able to really stay in control the entire race, not make any mistakes and we were able to bring it home.

“Definitely, I feel like it was long overdue. I’ve always had speed but just never could put a whole race together.

“I don’t run these big cars a ton, so it took me a bit to find my rhythm with them and get the strategies right. I hurt myself so many times on strategy on the Pro Invitational races and Saturday Night Thunder races, so I just learned each and every week and we were finally able to put it all together tonight.

“It certainly helps being on a short track, which is what I primarily do on iRacing. So it was right in my wheelhouse and thankfully I was able to hold those guys off on all those restarts ad put a whole race together as well.”

Alex Labbe finished second, followed by Stefan Parsons, Donny Lia and Josh Berry.

Sixth through 10th were Chase Cabre, Derek Krause, Anthony Alfredo, Noah Gragson and Drew Herring.

Even after contact with Stephen Leicht with 14 laps to go didn’t keep Majeski from taking the checkered flag in the 125-lap race in Xfinity Series virtual cars.

Leicht had been involved in a solo incident and tried to spin his car back into traffic on the frontstretch, only to make contact with the cars of both Majeski and Lia.

Leicht was parked by race officials after turning into Majeski and Lia on Lap 111. The cars of both Majeski and Lia suffered only minor damage.

Majeski, a native of Seymour, Wisconsin, becomes the fifth and final different winner of the Friday or Saturday Night Thunder series.

Friday night’s race was a prelude to the final scheduled NASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series even, which takes place at 3 p.m. ET Saturday at a virtual North Wilkesboro Speedway.

Results

Feature

1. Ty Majeski
2. Alex Labbe
3. Stefan Parsons
4. Donny Lia
5. Josh Berry
6. Chase Cabre
7. Derek Kraus
8. Anthony Alfredo
9. Noah Gragson
10. Drew Herring
11. Ty Gibbs
12. Myatt Snider
13. Bayley Currey
14. Grant Enfinger
15. Christian Eckes
16. Ryan Ellis
17. Josh Bilicki
18. Landon Huffman
19. Kaz Grala
20. Ryan Truex
21. Brett Moffitt
22. Justin Allgaier
23. Kyle Weatherman
24. Harrison Burton
25. Jesse Iwuji
26. Logan Seavey
27. Jeb Burton
28. Todd Gilliland
29. Stephen Leicht
30. Drew Dollar

Heat 1 (10 laps – top 6 drivers advance to main event)

1. Ty Majeski
2.
Chase Cabre
3. Todd Gilliland
4. Brett Moffitt
5. Drew Dollar
6. Ryan Truex
7. Grant Enfinger
8. Ryan Truex
9. Chase Briscoe
10. Ty Gibbs

Heat 2 (10 laps – top 6 drivers advance to main event)

1. Anthony Alfredo
2. Stephen Leicht
3. Harrison Burton
4. Josh Bilicki
5. Landon Huffman
6. Myatt Snider
7. Drew Herring
8. CJ McLaughlin
9. Ryan Vargas
10. Ruben Garcia Jr.

Heat 3 (10 laps – top 6 drivers advance to main event)

1. Donny Lia
2. Josh Berry
3. Justin Allgaier
4. Derek Kraus
5. Kyle Weatherman
6. Kaz Grala
7. Brandon Brown
8. Jeffrey Earnhardt
9. Spencer Boyd
10. Scott Stenzel

Heat 4 (10 laps – top 6 drivers advance to main event)

1. Alex Labbe
2. Stefan Parsons
3. Bayley Currey
4. Logan Seavey
5. Noah Gragson
6. Christian Eckes
7. Ryan Ellis
8. Austin Cindric
9. Will Rodgers
10. Matt Mills

Last Chance qualifying race (15 laps – top six drivers advance to main event)

1. Grant Enfinger
2. Drew Herring
3. Jesse Iwuji
4. Ryan Ellis
5. Ty Gibbs
6. Jeb Burton
7. Scott Stenzel
8. Jeffrey Earnhardt
9. Chase Briscoe
10. Austin Cindric
11. Ruben Garcia Jr.
12. Will Rodgers
13. CJ McLaughlin
14. Brandon Brown
15. Ryan Vargas
16. Spencer Boyd
17. Matt Mills

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Landon Huffman wins chaotic Saturday Night Thunder at virtual Talladega

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Twice in the final laps the leader was turned, allowing Landon Huffman to win the Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event in overtime at a virtual Talladega Superspeedway.

“It feels like this race win almost means more than a lot of my real-life wins because opportunities in the real world have been tough to come by, so to be able to race against all these guys in an event like this that iRacing puts on is pretty special,” Huffman said on the eNASCAR broadcast after the victory. ”

Huffman, who typically competes in Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway, has five career Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series starts since making his series debut in 2017.

Josh Berry finished second and was followed by Joe Graf Jr., Tommy Joe Martins and Spencer Boyd. Drivers competed in Xfinity Series cars around the digital 2.66-mile track.

Tyler Ankrum led in the final laps before a shove by Logan Seavey turned Ankrum, setting up the overtime finish. Ankrum finished 10th.

In overtime, Anthony Alfredo was leading to begin the final lap when a shove from Berry turned Alfredo, who finished 27th in the 40-car field.

“I was able to push Anthony to the lead and he kind kept trying to play back and forth between the two lanes,” Berry said on the eNASCAR broadcast. “Coming out of the tri-oval there he went to the bottom, which kind of was what I was expecting him to try … and then he kind of eased his way back up and I got into his right rear and hooked him. I hate that it happened, but it’s just a product of this kind of racing.”

Berry was the fastest qualifier. Kyle Weatherman and Chase Briscoe won their heat races. Each heat race had a crash that collected several cars. Berry was among those collected in a crash at the start of the second lap in the opening heat race and earned one of the final transfer spots. A crash on the last lap of the second heat stretched the field and Ty Gibbs took the final transfer spot with a smoking car.

RESULTS

FEATURE

  1. Landon Huffman
  2. Josh Berry
  3. Joe Graf Jr.
  4. Tommy Joe Martins
  5. Spencer Boyd
  6. Brett Moffitt
  7. Austin Cindric
  8. Scott Stenzel
  9. CJ McLaughlin
  10. Tyler Ankrum
  11. Ryan Truex
  12. Jeb Burton
  13. Brandon Brown
  14. Will Rodgers
  15. Christian Eckes
  16. Ryan Vargas
  17. Todd Gilliland
  18. Ryan Ellis
  19. Jesse Iwuji
  20. Justin Haley
  21. Drew Herring
  22. Logan Seavey
  23. Matt Mills
  24. Derek Kraus
  25. Josh Bilicki
  26. Myatt Snider
  27. Anthony Alfredo
  28. Bayley Currey
  29. Josh Williams
  30. Justin Allgaier
  31. Stephen Leicht
  32. Drew Dollar
  33. Donny Lia
  34. Chase Briscoe
  35. Chase Cabre
  36. Harrison Burton
  37. Kyle Weatherman
  38. Ty Gibbs
  39. Alex Labbe
  40. Noah Gragson

HEAT 1

(Top 20 transferred to main event)

  1. Kyle Weatherman
  2. Christian Eckes
  3. Bayley Currey
  4. Anthony Alfredo
  5. Justin Allgaier
  6. Noah Gragson
  7. Josh Bilicki
  8. Jesse Iwuji
  9. Drew Herring
  10. Tommy Joe Martins
  11. Josh Williams
  12. Brandon Brown
  13. Harrison Burton
  14. Donny Lia
  15. Landon Huffman
  16. Tyler Ankrum
  17. Jeb Burton
  18. Chase Cabre
  19. Josh Berry
  20. CJ McLaughlin
  21. Gus Dean
  22. Blake Koch
  23. Thad Moffitt
  24. Jeffrey Earnhardt

HEAT 2

(Top 20 transferred to main event)

  1. Chase Briscoe
  2. Alex Labbe
  3. Ryan Vargas
  4. Scott Stenzel
  5. Will Rodgers
  6. Matt Mills
  7. Drew Dollar
  8. Austin Cindric
  9. Derek Kraus
  10. Spencer Boyd
  11. Justin Haley
  12. Stephen Leicht
  13. Logan Seavey
  14. Brett Moffitt
  15. Ryan Truex
  16. Joe Graf Jr.
  17. Ryan Ellis
  18. Todd Gilliland
  19. Myatt Snider
  20. Ty Gibbs
  21. Kaz Grala
  22. Angela Ruch
  23. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  24. Michael Annett

Saturday Night Thunder at virtual Talladega: Start time and more

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It’s Saturday night racing at Talladega Superspeedway!

Wait, Talladega doesn’t have lights.

Then again, anything is possible in the digital world.

The virtual Talladega NASCAR weekend begins with Saturday Night Thunder. This is the third Saturday Night Thunder event. Logan Seavey won at virtual Bristol. Josh Berry won last weekend at virtual Richmond.

Tonight’s event will be run with digital Xfinity Series cars. The event is open to Xfinity, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, Pinty’s Series and Whelen Euro Series drivers.

Among those scheduled to run is Truck Series racer Brett Moffitt, who broke both legs in a motocross bike accident last month.

Today’s event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

FORMAT: Two-lap, single-car qualifying will set heat race grids. There will be two 10-lap heats. The top-20 finishers from each heat advance to the feature event. Drivers are allowed one fast reset to repair damage in the heat races. There will be no cautions in the heat races.

FEATURE RACE: The feature is scheduled to have 40 cars and be 57 laps. Drivers are allowed one fast reset to repair damage. There will be up to three attempts at a green/white/checkered finish.

ONLINE: Watch at eNASCAR.com/live and on NASCAR’s YouTube Channel.

DRIVERS SCHEDULED TO COMPETE (Subject to change): 

#00    Angela Ruch
#02    Spencer Boyd
#04    Raphael Lessard
#07    Donny Lia
#3      Drew Herring
#4      Chase Cabre
#5      Matt Mills
#7      Justin Allgaier
#8      Jeb Burton
#9      Noah Gragson
#10    Justin Haley
#15    Drew Dollar
#18    Ty Gibbs
#19    Derek Kraus
#20    Harrison Burton
#22    Austin Cindric
#23    Brett Moffitt
#25    Stephen Leicht
#26    Tyler Ankrum
#27    Ruben Garcia
#29    Kaz Grala
#33    Anthony Alfredo
#36    Jesse Iwuji
#38    Todd Gilliland
#39    CJ McLaughlin
#40    Ryan Truex
#44    Tommy Joe Martins
#45    Ty Majeski
#46    Thad Moffitt
#50    Jeffrey Earnhardt
#51    Ryan Vargas
#52    Stewart Friesen
#54    Kyle Weatherman
#55    Will Rodgers
#56    Gus Dean
#57    Blake Koch
#63    Scott Stenzel
#67    Logan Seavey
#68    Brandon Brown
#74    Bayley Currey
#75    Landon Huffman
#78    Ryan Ellis
#80    Joe Graf Jr.
#81    Christian Eckes
#88    Josh Berry
#90    Alex Labbe
#92    Josh Williams
#93    Myatt Snider
#98    Chase Briscoe
#99    Josh Bilicki

Josh Berry dominates Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event at Richmond

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Josh Berry held off Ty Majeski to win the second Saturday Night Thunder iRacing event at virtual Richmond Raceway.

Berry dominated, leading 106 laps in the 125-lap race on the .750-mile D-shaped oval. Even two late-race crashes didn’t impact Berry’s path to victory lane.

“It was a good race,” said Berry, who drove the No. 88 for JR Motorsports. “I felt like I was pretty good, me and Ty were pretty close and that it would come down to whoever lost track position.

“On that one (second-to-last) restart, a couple guys took two (tires) and Ty was in the wrong lane and lost a bunch of track position and that was probably the difference for me to get away.”

While frustrated at finishing second, Majeski praised Berry for running a clean race.

“It was certainly frustrating, but overall I feel we finished where we deserved tonight,” Majeski said. “Josh was just a little bit better. We could trade off lap times, but he was much more consistent. That was the difference.”

Third through fifth were Chase Cabre, Ty Gibbs and pole sitter Landon Cassill. Sixth through 10th were Will Rodgers, Anthony Alfredo, Kaz Grala, Logan Seavey and Bayley Currey.

The race was run in Xfinity Series cars. The event was open to NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, NASCAR Peak Mexico Series, Pinty’s Series, Whelen Euro Series and ARCA Menards Series drivers.

The event featured three heat races that transferred six drivers each to the feature, as well as two last chance qualifying races that transferred another eight drivers to make for a 26-car field.

FINAL RESULTS:

MAIN EVENT:  

  1. Josh Berry
  2. Ty Majeski
  3. Chase Cabre
  4. Ty Gibbs
  5. Landon Cassill
  6. Will Rodgers
  7. Anthony Alfredo
  8. Kaz Grala
  9. Logan Seavey
  10. Bayley Currey
  11. Landon Huffman
  12. Derek Kraus
  13. Blake Koch
  14. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  15. Josh Bilicki
  16. Scott Stenzel
  17. Jeb Burton
  18. Cole Custer
  19. Michael McDowell
  20. Austin Cindric
  21. Brennan Poole
  22. Chase Briscoe
  23. Matt Mills
  24. Alex Labbe
  25. Justin Allgaier
  26. Ryan Truex

Pole winner: Landon Cassill

Heat 1 (10 laps — top six drivers advance to main event):

  1. Landon Cassill
  2. Anthony Alfredo
  3. Chase Briscoe
  4. Kaz Grala
  5. Logan Seavey
  6. Will Rodgers
  7. Justin Allgaier
  8. Austin Cindric
  9. Jesse Iwuji
  10. JJ Yeley
  11. Brennan Poole
  12. Todd Gilliland
  13. Joey Gase
  14. Christian Eckes
  15. Michael Annett

Heat 2 (10 laps — top six drivers advance to main event):

  1. Ty Majeski
  2. Alex Labbe
  3. Landon Huffman
  4. Cole Custer
  5. Jeb Burton
  6. Matt Mills
  7. Chad Finchum
  8. Joe Graf Jr.
  9. Scott Stenzel
  10. Harrison Burton
  11. Spencer Boyd
  12. Michael McDowell
  13. Blake Koch
  14. Drew Dollar

Heat 3 (10 laps — top six drivers advance to main event):

  1. Josh Berry
  2. Chase Cabre
  3. Bayley Currey
  4. Ty Gibbs
  5. Derek Kraus
  6. Josh Bilicki
  7. Ryan Truex
  8. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  9. Stephen Leicht
  10. Myatt Snider
  11. Stewart Friesen
  12. Ryan Ellis
  13. Noah Gragson
  14. Angela Ruch

Last Chance qualifying race No. 1 (15 laps — top four drivers advance to main event):

  1. Justin Allgaier,
  2. Ryan Truex
  3. Brennan Poole
  4. Michael McDowell
  5. Jesse Iwuji
  6. Harrison Burton
  7. Drew Dollar
  8. Stewart Friesen
  9. Joey Gase
  10. Joe Graf Jr.
  11. Noah Gragson
  12. Stephen Leicht

Last Chance qualifying race No. 2 (15 laps — top four drivers advance to main event):

  1. Ruben Garcia Jr.
  2. Blake Koch
  3. Austin Cindric
  4. Scott Stenzel
  5. Chad Finchum
  6. Myatt Snider
  7. Spencer Boyd
  8. JJ Yeley
  9. Christian Eckes
  10. Todd Gilliland
  11. Ryan Ellis
  12. Angela Ruch
  13. Michael Annett

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