Ross Chastain survived three restarts inside the final 20 laps to score his first Xfinity Series win Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Chastain led 180 of 200 laps on the way to winning the DC Solar 300.
He beat Justin Allgaier, Cole Custer, Christopher Bell and Elliott Sadler.
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Saturday’s race marked the regular-season finale and finalized the 12-driver playoff field.
Allgaier secured the regular-season title and 15 bonus playoff points.
The top five through 25 races is Allgaier, Custer (-44 points), Bell (-48), Sadler (-69) and Hemric (-78).
The remaining seven drivers who will compete in the playoffs are Brandon Jones, Tyler Reddick, Ryan Truex, Matt Tifft, Chastain, Austin Cindric and Ryan Reed.
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LAS VEGAS – Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez will be penalized 30 minutes each in the first practice Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for inspection issues last weekend at Indianapolis. They are among seven Cup cars that will be penalized.
Truex and Suarez are being docked practice time for failing pre-race inspection three or more times at Indy.
The cars of Austin Dillon and Reed Sorenson will miss 15 minutes each in the first practice for failing pre-race inspection. Dillon’s team failed it at Darlington and Sorenson’s team at Bristol.
Also missing 15 minutes of the first practice is Kyle Larson (late to inspection), B.J. McLeod (late to inspection) and Ross Chastain (missing the rookie meeting).
Opening Cup practice is from 2:05 – 2:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
In the Xfinity Series, two cars will be docked 30 minutes of practice in the first session and 10 cars will be docked 15 minutes each of the opening practice.
Penalized 30 minutes will be the teams of Brandon Jones and Spencer Gallagher for failing pre-race inspection three or more times.
Missing 15 minutes of Xfinity practice will be the teams of Matt Tifft, Justin Allgaier, Max Tullman, Joey Gase and David Starr for being late to inspection.
Missing 15 minutes of Xfinity practice for failing inspection twice are the teams of Ryan Truex, Ryan Preece, Austin Cindric and Ross Chastain.
Missing 15 minutes of Xfinity practice for inspection interference after a race is the team of Cole Custer.
Xfinity practice is from 3:05 – 3:55 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Brad Keselowski led the final 33 laps after Ross Chastain and Kevin Harvick wrecked battling for the lead and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway.
Cole Custer finished second and Tyler Reddick was third.
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Matt Tifft (8th-place finish), Brandon Jones (12th) and Ryan Truex (15th) each clinched playoff spots. Three playoff spots remain with two regular-season races left.
Justin Allgaier extended his points lead by 11 on Christopher Bell. Allgaier leads Bell by 16 points after Saturday’s race. Custer is 17 points behind Allgaier. Christopher Bell is 36 points behind.
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The Johnsonville 180 at Road America got off to a bumpy start with Justin Marks wondering early in the race if the No. 11 of Ryan Truex had a spotter after contact from Truex’s car sent him spinning.
He did, and later in the race, his spotter would provide some important information to his driver when Truex got turned by Brandon Jones.
“That was the 19 when you get to him,” Truex’s spotter said.
“You be ready if anything goes down,” Jones said to his spotter.
“Copy that. We got your back, brother,” Jones’ spotter replied.
Here are some other highlights”
- “Don’t let them drive it in on you,” Chase Elliott, spotting for Bill Elliott
- “You need to get in here,” Bill Elliott replied
- “Can’t hardly see; you’ll have to help me get to pit road. Everything seems to be ok – all the stuff in here – just got the hood bowed up on it.” Bill Elliott
- “Just wanted to get some dirt racing in,” Christopher Bell, after an off-track excursion
- “Your gonna have a little shootout; it’s fixing to get wild,” Daniel Hemric’s spotter.
- “You have no idea how much of an honor it is to drive this stuff, so thank you for that,” Justin Allgaier
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Kaulig Racing will field a second entry for the first time in its three-year history in the Sept. 8 Xfinity race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, team owner Matt Kaulig told NBC Sports.
The entry, the No. 10 Chevrolet, will join the No. 11 that is driven by Ryan Truex. The No. 10 will be driven by a “big driver.”
The news comes after Kaulig Racing earned its first top-five finish last week at Mid-Ohio, where Truex finished fifth. It came in the team’s 87th Xfinity start and was in Kaulig’s home state of Ohio, where his company, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, is headquartered.
“It’s very (significant), it shows how our organization is growing,” Kaulig said. “A lot of these teams are getting smaller, are cutting people, are just cutting back and we’re growing. We’re just getting started. When you look at a team like ours, that’s just two-and-a-half years in, it’s all upside, it’s all of our great stuff that’s ahead of us. Not behind us. We just want to win trophies.”
The addition of a second car for the Indianapolis race follows the team building a 15,000-square foot addition onto its shop, which is located in Welcome, North Carolina, on the campus of Richard Childress Racing.
Kaulig’s time in NASCAR began as a sponsor of Blake Koch in 2015 when he drove for TriStar Motorsports.
Through 21 races, Truex is eighth in the point standings and has nine top 10s in addition to his first top five.