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Bristol Motor Speedway

Food City 300 Results

September 16th, 2022

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Noah Gragson

9 |

9

Running

300

25

57

5

2

Brandon Jones

19 |

11

Running

300

0

42

0

3

Austin Hill

21 |

15

Running

300

0

39

0

4

Sam Mayer

1 |

5

Running

300

0

42

0

5

Riley Herbst

98 |

12

Running

300

0

38

0

6

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

4

Running

300

0

45

0

7

Josh Berry

8 |

2

Running

300

0

35

0

8

Stefan Parsons

45 |

14

Running

300

0

0

0

9

Justin Allgaier

7 |

3

Running

300

148

47

1

10

Ryan Sieg

39 |

10

Running

300

0

28

0

11

Bayley Currey

4 |

20

Running

300

4

26

0

12

Jeffrey Earnhardt

26 |

21

Running

300

0

25

0

13

Anthony Alfredo

23 |

18

Running

300

0

24

0

14

Sammy Smith

18 |

6

Running

299

0

24

0

15

Jeb Burton

27 |

7

Running

299

0

30

0

16

Jeremy Clements

51 |

19

Running

299

0

21

0

17

Kyle Weatherman

34 |

33

Running

299

0

20

0

18

Sage Karam

02 |

31

Running

299

0

19

0

19

Ryan Ellis

44 |

28

Running

299

0

18

0

20

Daniel Hemric

11 |

8

Running

298

0

23

0

21

Josh Williams

92 |

30

Running

298

0

16

0

22

Myatt Snider

31 |

36

Running

298

0

15

0

23

Joe Graf Jr

07 |

37

Running

298

0

14

0

24

Cj McLaughlin

38 |

35

Running

297

0

13

0

25

Kris Wright

68 |

34

Running

297

0

0

0

26

Alex Labbe

36 |

25

Running

297

0

11

0

27

Patrick Emerling

35 |

23

Running

294

0

10

0

28

Ronnie Bassett Jr

77 |

32

Running

294

0

9

0

29

Nicholas Sanchez

48 |

24

Running

294

0

8

0

30

David Starr

08 |

27

Running

293

0

7

0

31

Bobby McCarty

6 |

38

Running

288

0

6

0

32

Mason Massey

91 |

17

Oil Line

271

0

5

0

33

JJ Yeley

66 |

26

Accident

267

0

4

0

34

BJ McLeod

78 |

29

Brakes

220

0

3

0

35

Landon Cassill

10 |

16

Running

188

0

4

0

36

Ty Gibbs

54 |

1

Accident

129

89

11

1

37

Sheldon Creed

2 |

22

Accident

128

34

1

0

38

Brandon Brown

5 |

13

Accident

45

0

1

0

  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Noah Gragson

    POS1

    LEADER

    Noah Gragson

    Driver badge number 9 |

  • POS 2 | 0.145

    Brandon Jones

    POS2

    0.145

    Brandon Jones

    Driver badge number 19 |

  • POS 3 | 1.463

    Austin Hill

    POS3

    1.463

    Austin Hill

    Driver badge number 21 |

Noah Gragson holds off Brandon Jones to win Xfinity Series race at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn.— Make it three in a row for Noah Gragson, who has built enormous momentum as the NASCAR Xfinity Series moves into its seven-race playoff.

On 90-lap older tires, Gragson held off Brandon Jones, the driver who will take his seat in the No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet next year, in a 20-lap green-flag run to the finish of Friday night‘s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The victory was Gragson‘s third straight in the series, his sixth of the season and the 11th of his career.

RELATED: Race results | Allmendinger wins regular season championship

The race also settled the series playoff picture. Despite power-steering issues, Daniel Hemric clinched one of the two available spots in the 12-driver playoff field with a 20th-place finish. Ryan Sieg claimed the final berth, finishing 10th—his first top-10 run in 16 Bristol starts—after brake issues sent Landon Cassill to the garage for 112 laps and relegated him to 35th.

AJ Allmendinger clinched his second straight Regular Season Championship with a sixth-place result.

When J.J. Yeley slammed the inside wall after slight contact from race leader Justin Allgaier, on Lap 271, Gragson and crew chief Luke Lambert opted to stay on the track while all the other lead-lap cars pitted for fresh tires.

After the restart on Lap 281, Gragson pulled out to a one-second lead before Jones began to close the gap on new rubber. Jones got to Gragson‘s bumper but couldn‘t find a way past the No. 9 Chevrolet. Gragson crossed the finish line .145 seconds ahead of Jones‘ No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

“That last caution came out, and I knew if I could ring the top, it was going to be hard for them to get there,” said Gragson, who will graduate to a full-time NASCAR Cup Series ride with Petty GMS in 2023. “I appreciate Brandon Jones racing us clean. He gave us the bumper with two (laps) to go, and I was hanging on, scrubbing the fence.

“We won here in Bristol in 2020 and there were no fans here (because of the coronavirus pandemic)… What a great opportunity to race here in front of fans and have the opportunity to win the race. Our car was fast all day. We got to the top and we were rolling. I had a blast.”

A rueful Jones provided a post-mortem of the event on pit road.

“This one hurt the most because this was our race to lose, I thought,” Jones said. “Fresher tires certainly paid off there at the end. I just caught him (Gragson) at the wrong time every time.”

Gragson‘s stiffest competition—his JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier—wasn‘t at the front of the field for the ending. Allgaier led the procession of lead-lap cars to pit road when Gragson stayed out, but a speeding penalty sent him to the rear of the field for the final restart.

“I know what happened; I didn‘t really think I was speeding, but obviously I was,” said Allgaier, who has led 791 laps in his last seven Bristol races without winning. “I just hate it for everybody. It was cool for (Noah) to get the win. I cannot believe that they were able to stay out there and still run the speed they were.

“I love to hate this place. I‘m close to 1,000 career laps led here (actually 1,004) and only one win, and that was over 10 years ago (2010). So, I‘ve just got to do a better job next time.”

Allgaier led a race-high 148 laps on Friday, to 89 for Ty Gibbs, 34 for Sheldon Creed and 25 for Gragson.

Gragson also was instrumental in changing the complexion of the race in the middle of Stage 2. Pole winner Gibbs had won the first stage wire-to-wire, but on Lap 129, while Gibbs and Creed were battling for the lead, contact from Gragson‘s Chevrolet sent Gibbs‘ Toyota into Creed‘s Camaro.

Both Gibbs and Creed crashed hard into the outside wall and were eliminated from the race.

RELATED: Gibbs, Creed wreck

Austin Hill finished third, followed by Sam Mayer and Riley Herbst. Allmendinger, Josh Berry, Stefan Parsons, Allgaier and Sieg completed the top 10.

The Xfinity Series Playoffs begin Saturday, Sept. 24 at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300.

NOTE: Post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage is complete with no issues, confirming Gragson as the race winner and setting the Xfinity Series playoff field.