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Andy's Frozen Custard 300 Results

September 24th, 2022

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

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POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Noah Gragson

9 |

2

Running

200

85

56

5

2

Austin Hill

21 |

9

Running

200

1

48

0

3

Ty Gibbs

54 |

8

Running

200

3

42

0

4

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

7

Running

200

34

49

1

5

Riley Herbst

98 |

11

Running

200

0

32

0

6

Josh Berry

8 |

16

Running

200

0

36

0

7

Sheldon Creed

2 |

13

Running

200

0

30

0

8

Sam Mayer

1 |

5

Running

200

0

30

0

9

Ryan Sieg

39 |

14

Running

199

0

34

0

10

Cj McLaughlin

38 |

35

Running

199

0

27

0

11

Nicholas Sanchez

48 |

20

Running

199

0

26

0

12

Bayley Currey

4 |

18

Running

199

0

25

0

13

Stefan Parsons

45 |

24

Running

199

0

0

0

14

Tommy Joe Martins

44 |

29

Running

199

0

23

0

15

Jeb Burton

27 |

17

Running

199

5

22

0

16

Matt Mills

5 |

32

Running

198

0

0

0

17

Alex Labbe

92 |

26

Running

197

0

20

0

18

Joe Graf Jr

07 |

19

Running

197

0

19

0

19

Anthony Alfredo

23 |

25

Running

197

0

18

0

20

Myatt Snider

31 |

31

Running

196

0

17

0

21

Parker Retzlaff

02 |

23

Running

190

0

16

0

22

Kyle Weatherman

34 |

15

Accident

141

0

16

0

23

Garrett Smithley

78 |

37

DVP

132

0

14

0

24

Brandon Brown

68 |

22

Accident

131

0

13

0

25

Joey Gase

35 |

36

DVP

120

0

12

0

26

Josh Williams

36 |

30

Accident

118

0

11

0

27

Brandon Jones

19 |

1

Accident

117

0

12

0

28

John H. Nemechek

18 |

4

Accident

116

60

0

0

29

Justin Allgaier

7 |

6

Accident

116

0

21

0

30

Daniel Hemric

11 |

3

Accident

116

12

24

1

31

Brennan Poole

6 |

21

Accident

116

0

0

0

32

Mason Massey

91 |

33

Accident

116

0

5

0

33

Landon Cassill

10 |

12

Accident

109

0

4

0

34

JJ Yeley

66 |

28

Water Pump

99

0

3

0

35

Akinori Ogata

13 |

38

Suspension

99

0

0

0

36

Jeremy Clements

51 |

10

Ignition

79

0

1

0

37

David Starr

08 |

34

Accident

77

0

1

0

38

Jeffrey Earnhardt

26 |

27

Accident

17

0

1

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Noah Gragson

    POS1

    LEADER

    Noah Gragson

    Driver badge number 9 |

  • POS 2 | 1.238

    Austin Hill

    POS2

    1.238

    Austin Hill

    Driver badge number 21 |

  • POS 3 | 2.752

    Ty Gibbs

    POS3

    2.752

    Ty Gibbs

    Driver badge number 54 |

Noah Gragson claims Xfinity playoff opener at Texas, pads win streak to four

FORT WORTH, Texas — Noah Gragson parked his No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet at the start-finish line, emerged through his car‘s roof flap and raised his arms in triumph, taking in the loud cheers from the Texas Motor Speedway grandstands as he celebrated a historic fourth consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday afternoon in the Andy‘s Frozen Custard 300.

It was a series-best and career-high seventh win on the season for the 24-year-old Las Vegas native and automatically reserves his spot in the next round of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. That fourth consecutive victory is significant historically as well — tying one of the longstanding records, set in 1983 — by Sam Ard.

RELATED: Official race results | At-track photos

Although it was a tumultuous playoff opener for many of the championship contenders, Gragson was out front often and ultimately when he needed to be. He didn‘t win a stage, but led a race-best 85 of 200 laps and held off fellow 2022 Playoff contenders Austin Hill and Ty Gibbs by 1.238 seconds to earn the big trophy — and even more momentum at just the right time of the calendar.

“This No. 9 team, man, they‘re on fire and all you fans, you keep us motivated,‘‘ Gragson told the cheering grandstands. “We‘re gonna come back and win more races for you. You guys are awesome and we appreciate you. Thanks for coming out.

“Just this team, I mean the pit crew‘s done awesome and our car was as fast as Xfinity internet all day and I‘m just so thankful for the opportunity.‘‘

“Such a relief,‘‘ he continued. “We lost this race back in 2020 and just executed a great race [today].”

Eight playoff cars finished in the top 10. Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Riley Herbst was fifth, followed by playoff driver Josh Berry (JR Motorsports), Sheldon Creed, playoff drivers Sam Mayer (JR Motorsports) and Ryan Sieg (Ryan Sieg Racing). C.J. McLaughlin was 10th — the first top 10 of his career.

Noah Gragson\

Compared to his closest competitors, Gragson‘s day was more a matter of holding serve. Several other race contenders and playoff competitors had busier days of survival and the power of positive thinking.

Both Gibbs, who finished third and regular-season champion AJ Allmendinger, who finished fourth, had to rally to those finishing positions. Gibbs started from the rear of the field after unapproved adjustments before the race. And the two-time regular season champion Allmendinger? He just had a hectic afternoon overcoming in-race setbacks.

Two multi-car accidents on mid-race restarts eliminated the winning opportunity for several playoff drivers, placing them in catch-up mode only one race into the postseason push.

Eight cars were involved in a crash on Lap 110, including Allmendinger, whose No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet — only a few laps removed from the Stage 2 victory – was damaged. Quick repairs returned him to the track and the positions he lost during the pit stop actually proved to be advantageous as he missed the next accident up front after returning to the race.

It was a similar scene on the ensuing restart, only this time the accident started at the front. John Hunter Nemechek, who had led a race-best 60 laps — at that point — got loose at the front of the pack, his Toyota colliding with Justin Allgaier‘s Chevy.

The hard contact sent them both hard into the wall and caused another chain-reaction accident that ended up collecting nine cars in all — including playoff drivers Brandon Jones, the race pole-sitter, and 2021 series champion Daniel Hemric (who won Stage 1) in addition to Allgaier.

As with that playoff trio, it was the end of the day for Nemechek, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series postseason driver who was driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Texas as part of the owner‘s championship chase.

“The 7 (Allgaier) chose the top behind me, and I haven‘t seen the replay of it, but the 7 chose the top behind me and started pushing,‘‘ Nemechek said. “The 21 (Austin Hill) made it three-wide on the 9 (Gragson) and I was three-wide at the top being able to be in the race and I think we ended up four-wide at one point which doesn‘t really work aero-wise in the pack. The resin was up there as well and I don‘t know. It sucks.

“I thought we were going to have a shot to win the race and repeat from last year. It didn‘t work out. I‘m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.”

MORE: Nemechek, Allgaier crash | Allmendinger wrecks

With two more races remaining in this opening playoff round — at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the Charlotte Roval road course — Gragson‘s win is an automatic berth into the next playoff round. Allmendinger and Gibbs are second and third in the standings, 26 and 27 points respectively, behind Gragson.

Eight of the 12 Playoff drivers will advance following the Roval race.

Riley Herbst (-1), Hemric (-8), Jones (-13) and Jeremy Clements (-29) whose car retired early with an engine issue, now find themselves in the bottom four of the playoff standings going to Talladega.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway for the second event of the playoffs, the Sparks 300 on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Brandon Brown is the defending race winner.

Note: Competition officials reported no issues in post-race inspection, confirming Gragson as the winner.