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Phoenix Raceway

NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship

November 6th, 2021

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Daniel Hemric

18 |

4

Running

204

48

40

0

2

Austin Cindric

22 |

1

Running

204

113

35

0

3

Harrison Burton

20 |

36

Running

204

0

37

0

4

Riley Herbst

98 |

5

Running

204

0

36

0

5

Justin Haley

11 |

8

Running

204

0

37

0

6

John H. Nemechek

54 |

2

Running

204

39

0

0

7

Brandon Jones

19 |

6

Running

204

0

35

0

8

Brett Moffitt

02 |

20

Running

204

0

29

0

9

Justin Allgaier

7 |

3

Running

204

0

42

0

10

Sheldon Creed

78 |

10

Running

204

0

0

0

11

Michael Annett

1 |

13

Running

204

1

31

0

12

Noah Gragson

9 |

7

Running

204

3

25

0

13

Sam Mayer

8 |

11

Running

204

0

24

0

14

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

12

Running

204

0

23

0

15

Dylan Lupton

26 |

32

Running

204

0

22

0

16

Blaine Perkins

23 |

21

Running

204

0

21

0

17

Ryan Sieg

38 |

14

Running

204

0

20

0

18

Jeremy Clements

51 |

22

Running

204

0

19

0

19

Myatt Snider

2 |

17

Running

204

0

18

0

20

Brandon Brown

68 |

19

Running

204

0

17

0

21

David Starr

66 |

27

Running

204

0

16

0

22

JJ Yeley

07 |

29

Running

204

0

15

0

23

Jeb Burton

10 |

9

Running

204

0

14

0

24

Tommy Joe Martins

44 |

23

Running

204

0

13

0

25

Sage Karam

31 |

33

Running

204

0

12

0

26

Kyle Weatherman

47 |

24

Running

204

0

11

0

27

Kyle Sieg

39 |

18

Running

204

0

10

0

28

Ryan Vargas

6 |

30

Running

204

0

9

0

29

Matt Mills

5 |

35

Running

204

0

8

0

30

Alex Labbe

36 |

26

Running

202

0

7

0

31

Bayley Currey

15 |

25

Running

200

0

0

0

32

Josh Williams

92 |

16

Accident

194

0

5

0

33

Jade Buford

48 |

15

Accident

193

0

4

0

34

Stefan Parsons

99 |

28

Engine

123

0

3

0

35

Joe Graf Jr

17 |

34

Accident

97

0

2

0

36

Jeffrey Earnhardt

0 |

31

Accident

57

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Daniel Hemric

    #1

    LEADER

    Daniel Hemric

    18|

  • #2 | 0.030

    Austin Cindric

    #2

    0.030

    Austin Cindric

    22|

  • #3 | 0.508

    Harrison Burton

    #3

    0.508

    Harrison Burton

    20|

Daniel Hemric wins first national series race en route to Xfinity Series championship at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Daniel Hemric picked the perfect time to win his first NASCAR national series race—and a title came with it.

Executing an aggressive bump-and-run in Saturday night‘s NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship Race, Hemric passed Austin Cindric in the final two corners at Phoenix Raceway.

Approaching the finish line, the cars collided side-to-side, with Hemric crossing the stripe .030 seconds ahead of Cindric—roughly five feet—denying the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford a second straight championship. 

The victory came in Hemric‘s 208th NASCAR national series start, silencing critics who kept asking, “Will Hemric ever win a race?”

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The answer came from crew chief Dave Rogers moments after the winning driver crossed the stripe and clinched the title.

“How about that, champion?” Rogers said. “You‘ll never have to hear that stupid question again.”

“Never again!” Hemric shouted in reply.

Hemric, who is leaving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in favor of a ride with Kaulig Racing next year, was unapologetic about moving Cindric‘s Ford up the track to win the race at the end of a two-lap overtime that extended the event from 200 to 204 laps.

“I’m blacked out, blacked out,” Hemric said at the start/finish line after turning a back flip off the roof of his car. “Just knew I had to be the first one to the line. I thought I let him get too much of a run off of (Turn) 4 (on the first lap of overtime).

“Drove into (Turn) 1, knew I was close, not to completely use them up, but we work our asses off for an opportunity like this—excuse my language. This is what it’s all about, winning at the second highest level in all of motorsports. What an honor…

“How about those race fans? That back flip good enough for you? I‘ve been waiting a long damn time to do that.”

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Cindric took the loss with consummate grace. 

“Until you spin somebody out, it‘s not dirty racing,” said Cindric, who entered the championship event with five wins to his credit this season. “If everyone in the stands enjoyed it, it’s good racing. 

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity to race on such a big stage, race for Roger Penske, represent Ford Performance, all of our sponsors that helped us this season. It would have been awesome to finish this out. I felt like we had a dominant race car, felt like we did everything right. Come up a little short.”

As a consolation prize, Cindric secured the Xfinity Series Owners Championship for Roger Penske with his runner-up result.

RELATED: Austin Cindric was ‘one lap’ away from back-to-back titles

The other two Championship 4 drivers—Noah Gragson and AJ Allmendinger—were in contention at the end. Gragson slammed the wall shortly after a restart on Lap 193 and fell to 12th at the finish.

Allmendinger suffered a loose wheel late in the race and spun in Turn 2 on Lap 181, causing the eighth of 10 cautions. Cindric, who led a race-high 113 laps, had a commanding lead at the time, but the yellow bunched the field and set up the late-race shootout.

Harrison Burton ran third on Saturday, followed by Riley Herbst and Justin Haley. John Hunter Nemechek, Brandon Jones, Brett Moffitt, Justin Allgaier and Sheldon Creed completed the top 10.

Notes: Ty Gibbs took Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Post-race inspection confirmed Hemric as the race winner. The No. 11 of Justin Haley and the No. 54 John Hunter Nemechek were found to each have one lug nut missing.