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Phoenix Raceway

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March 13th, 2021

RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Austin Cindric

22 |

3

Running

200

119

57

6

2

Ty Gibbs

54 |

27

Running

200

1

38

0

3

Brandon Brown

68 |

11

Running

200

0

34

0

4

Riley Herbst

98 |

30

Running

200

0

33

0

5

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

4

Running

200

0

36

0

6

Jeb Burton

10 |

6

Running

200

0

39

0

7

Bayley Currey

74 |

29

Running

200

0

30

0

8

Justin Allgaier

7 |

12

Running

200

32

42

0

9

Brett Moffitt

02 |

20

Running

200

0

0

0

10

Jeremy Clements

51 |

13

Running

200

0

27

0

11

Myatt Snider

2 |

19

Running

200

0

26

0

12

Harrison Burton

20 |

7

Running

200

0

42

0

13

JJ Yeley

17 |

33

Running

200

0

24

0

14

Timmy Hill

66 |

39

Running

200

0

23

0

15

Santino Ferrucci

26 |

14

Running

200

0

22

0

16

Colby Howard

15 |

24

Running

200

0

21

0

17

Tommy Joe Martins

44 |

15

Running

200

0

20

0

18

Stefan Parsons

99 |

35

Running

200

0

19

0

19

Jeffrey Earnhardt

0 |

21

Running

200

0

18

0

20

Jade Buford

48 |

32

Running

200

0

17

0

21

Josh Williams

92 |

17

Running

200

0

16

0

22

Landon Cassill

4 |

18

Running

200

0

15

0

23

Daniel Hemric

18 |

1

Running

200

44

31

1

24

Blaine Perkins

23 |

28

Running

200

0

13

0

25

Joe Graf Jr

07 |

16

Running

200

0

12

0

26

Justin Haley

11 |

5

Accident

199

0

21

0

27

Gray Gaulding

52 |

34

Running

199

0

10

0

28

David Starr

61 |

37

Running

199

0

9

0

29

Dexter Bean

90 |

22

Running

198

0

8

0

30

Ryan Vargas

6 |

25

Running

197

0

7

0

31

Loris Hezemans

13 |

40

Running

195

0

6

0

32

Alex Labbe

36 |

36

Accident

194

0

5

0

33

Brandon Jones

19 |

2

Accident

165

2

14

0

34

Kyle Weatherman

47 |

26

Running

164

0

3

0

35

Matt Mills

5 |

38

Running

157

0

2

0

36

Josh Berry

8 |

9

Accident

146

0

4

0

37

Ryan Sieg

39 |

31

Accident

133

2

1

0

38

Michael Annett

1 |

8

Engine

93

0

3

0

39

Noah Gragson

9 |

10

Engine

67

0

7

0

40

Jesse Little

78 |

23

Accident

44

0

1

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Austin Cindric

    #1

    LEADER

    Austin Cindric

    22|

  • #2 | 0.360

    Ty Gibbs

    #2

    0.360

    Ty Gibbs

    54|

  • #3 | 1.391

    Brandon Brown

    #3

    1.391

    Brandon Brown

    68|

Austin Cindric wins NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway

Austin Cindric earned his second NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the opening five races of the 2021 season Saturday — taking a .360-second victory over 18-year-old rookie Ty Gibbs in an action-packed final race restart with two laps remaining at Phoenix Raceway.

It‘s the second consecutive win on the 1-mile Phoenix oval for Cindric, who won here last November to claim the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship. He led a race-best 119 of the 200 laps en route to the win Saturday — including the final 54 laps, holding off the field on three late-race restarts. The 22-year-old North Carolinian is the only repeat winner so far in 2021.

“You have to work hard the rest of the year to get here,‘‘ Cindric said of the good showing on the championship race venue. “So that‘s where my focus is. I‘ve got my name on the wall right there and the goal is to be back with a shot to do it again.‘‘

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The last restart with two laps remaining was not-too-surprisingly the most action-packed and the biggest threat to Cindric‘s lead, but several cars running among the top 10 on that start hit the wall or hit one another in a chaotic run to the checkered flag.

Daniel Hemric, who restarted on the front row alongside Cindric, was caught up in the heavy full-contact restart and ended up 23rd. Justin Allgaier, whose No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy started just behind Cindric‘s No. 22 Team Penske Ford on that last restart, pulled door-to-door hoping to make a move for the win, but he got loose and bounced backward, recovering to finish eighth instead.

Gibbs, who won the ARCA Menards Series race at the track Friday night, drove a steady, if not risk-filled race all afternoon and was able to take advantage of the melee on that last restart to take the runner-up position. In two Xfinity Series starts, Gibbs has a win (Daytona Road Course) and a second-place finish.

Brandon Brown, Riley Herbst and last week‘s winner, AJ Allmendinger, rounded out the top five — all taking advantage of the aggressive racing on the last restart. For Brown and Herbst, those finishes are a season best. It was Brown‘s career-best finish.

Jeb Burton, Bayley Currey, Allgaier, Brett Moffitt and Jeremy Clements rounded out the top 10. It marked the first top 10 in the 24-year-old Currey‘s career. It was the first top 10 for Allgaier this season, and his 32 laps led was a season best as well.

“Just disappointing there,‘‘ Allgaier said. “Once we got to his outside, I thought we had it, but he just got me out of the PJ1 and into the marbles and unfortunately it all comes up quick when you‘re bumped out of the PJ1..

“I‘m so proud of everyone at JR Motorsports. I learned a lot I think for when we come back here in the fall and hopefully we‘re in the Final Four.‘‘

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Resilience, like it or not, was a dominant theme Saturday.

The final restart was a disappointing outcome for Hemric, who for the second straight week won a stage and proved to be a trophy contender. He rallied from a tough mid-race pit sequence to be back among the top five when it counted most.

His No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, which had been strong all day, fell off after a pit stop adjustment after his Stage 2 win. Hemric‘s race got more complicated when he was called for speeding on pit road, but he remained calm and raced his way back inside the top 10, then top five. He restarted next to Cindric before getting caught up in the five-wide racing at the end.

It was a similar day of a strong showing gone awry for the defending race winner, Brandon Jones. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was a top-five car early in the race and rebounded from an early pit-road speeding penalty to run top five again — even lead the race for a pair of laps. 

However, while running in the front pack of cars with only 33 laps remaining, his Toyota was hit from behind by last week‘s race winner, Allmendinger. The damage to Jones‘ Toyota was too much and instead of a sure-bet top five and a shot for a second straight spring victory at Phoenix, he finished the race from the garage.

“All in all we had a really good Toyota Supra, looks like I just got run over by A.J. but I keep a notebook of all this stuff,‘‘ Jones said after emerging from the care center.

RELATED: AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones make contact

The top-five finish for Herbst, 22, was easily his best run of the season in his maiden year driving the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. He had three DNFs in the opening four races.

It has been a similar frustrating early season for championship favorite Noah Gragson. For the third time in the five races this season, Gragson took a DNF. His No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet suffered an engine failure, and he retired on Lap 67. His teammate, Michael Annett, also had engine problems in the No. 1 Chevrolet and finished 38th.

All that, plus the two stage breaks, led to the most cautions — 11 — in a NASCAR Xfinity Series race since 2007.

RELATED: Noah Gragson’s car catches fire in Stage 2 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway next Saturday in the EchoPark 250 (5 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Cindric holds a 47-point lead over Hemric in the championship standings.

Note: The race winning No. 22 Team Penske Ford of Austin Cindric passed NASCAR’s post-race inspection. There were no other issues.

Contributing: NASCAR.com staff reports