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Ally 400 Race Results

Nashville Superspeedway

June 25th, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Ross Chastain

1 |

1

Running

300

99

57

5

2

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

6

Running

300

50

51

0

3

Denny Hamlin

11 |

8

Running

300

81

50

1

4

Chase Elliott

9 |

14

Running

300

1

42

0

5

Kyle Larson

5 |

7

Running

300

0

35

0

6

William Byron

24 |

5

Running

300

5

46

0

7

Christopher Bell

20 |

22

Running

300

3

38

0

8

Erik Jones

43 |

23

Running

300

0

30

0

9

Kyle Busch

8 |

11

Running

300

12

32

0

10

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

19

Running

300

0

31

0

11

Brad Keselowski

6 |

20

Running

300

2

26

0

12

Daniel Suárez

99 |

10

Running

300

1

25

0

13

Austin Dillon

3 |

26

Running

300

0

24

0

14

Ty Gibbs

54 |

16

Running

300

0

23

0

15

Bubba Wallace

23 |

9

Running

300

0

27

0

16

Ryan Preece

41 |

25

Running

300

0

21

0

17

Alex Bowman

48 |

15

Running

300

9

20

0

18

Chris Buescher

17 |

12

Running

300

0

19

0

19

Joey Logano

22 |

4

Running

300

0

18

0

20

Corey LaJoie

7 |

36

Running

300

0

17

0

21

Harrison Burton

21 |

31

Running

300

0

16

0

22

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

28

Running

299

0

15

0

23

Justin Haley

31 |

3

Running

299

0

14

0

24

Kevin Harvick

4 |

17

Running

299

0

15

0

25

Aric Almirola

10 |

21

Running

299

0

12

0

26

Noah Gragson

42 |

30

Running

299

0

11

0

27

Austin Cindric

2 |

24

Running

299

0

10

0

28

Michael McDowell

34 |

33

Running

299

0

9

0

29

JJ Yeley

51 |

29

Running

298

0

0

0

30

Tyler Reddick

45 |

2

Running

298

33

17

1

31

Chase Briscoe

14 |

18

Running

298

0

6

0

32

Ty Dillon

77 |

34

Running

298

4

5

0

33

Brennan Poole

15 |

32

Running

297

0

0

0

34

Josh Bilicki

78 |

35

Running

297

0

0

0

35

Todd Gilliland

38 |

27

Running

296

0

2

0

36

Ryan Blaney

12 |

13

Accident

146

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Ross Chastain

    POS1

    LEADER

    Ross Chastain

    Driver badge number 1 |

  • POS 2 | 0.789

    Martin Truex Jr.

    POS2

    0.789

    Martin Truex Jr.

    Driver badge number 19 |

  • POS 3 | 5.451

    Denny Hamlin

    POS3

    5.451

    Denny Hamlin

    Driver badge number 11 |

Ross Chastain scores first win of 2023 at Nashville Superspeedway

LEBANON, Tenn. — Ross Chastain capped off a “perfect” race weekend, hitting all the right notes in the Music City to earn the winner‘s guitar trophy in Sunday‘s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway — his first NASCAR Cup Series race victory of the season, a day after claiming his first career pole position.

But before hoisting his new guitar, the 30-year-old Chastain had a watermelon to smash — his trademark victory celebration — a nod to his family‘s multi-generation watermelon farm in rural Alva, Florida. And the sold-out Nashville crowd — home to his race team owner Justin Marks — roared with enthusiasm for the long smoke-filled victory burnout he did in front of the grandstands to his enthusiastic melon drop.

MORE: Official results | At-track photos

“This is incredible,” a grinning Chastain said. “This is why every little kid out there, anyone in the world when you get criticized, and you‘re going to if you‘re a competitor, they will try to tear you down, and you‘ll start believing it, and you can‘t do that.

“Go to your people. Trust in the process. Read your books and trust in the Big Man‘s plan upstairs. And just keep getting up and going to work on it.

“A lot of self-reflection through all this, but I had a group that believed in me, and they didn‘t let me get down,” he said of his challenges in 2023.

Chastain certainly proved that resilience and his faith in the process. He led early Sunday and then led late — thanks to incredibly fast pit stops from his Trackhouse Racing team helping position him for the race lead on the final round of stops of the night.

It‘s the first race win of 2023 for Chastain, who led the championship standings for seven weeks early in the year, and the first win of the year and inaugural pole position for Trackhouse Racing.

MORE: Watch Chastain’s celebratory burnout | Chastain discusses Nashville win

Ultimately, Chastain had to hold off Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin by 0.789 seconds for the win — leading a race-best 99 of the 300 laps, including the final 34.

Lapped traffic was a factor for Chastain to overcome all night. He lost his early lead to Tyler Reddick after Noah Gragson raced Chastain hard, trying not to be lapped. There is a history between Gragson and Chastain, who had a physical confrontation at Kansas Speedway in early May. Reddick went on to win Stage 1 after Chastain was unable to clear Gragson easily, but Reddick — who started the race alongside Chastain on the front row — spun out on pit road while losing a right-rear wheel, causing a caution shortly thereafter and ultimately not factoring for the win.

A Lap 147 restart saw Ryan Blaney’s race come to an end. A slow restart at the front of the field caused a stack-up, causing Busch to contact the back bumper of Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Both Busch and Blaney spun through the infield grass, with Blaney nosing hard into the inside wall. The last-place finish of 36th is Blaney’s first DNF of the season.

In the closing laps — with Truex hot on his bumper — Chastain had to navigate traffic again and again cars held him up in an effort not to get lapped.

Fortunately for Chastain, some of that traffic made things difficult for Truex as well, and the “Melon Man” was able to pull away some in the final 20 laps.

It was a clean race — only two short extra caution flags beyond the two scheduled stage breaks. Reddick took his third stage win of the season in Stage 1, and Hamlin notched his fourth in Stage 2.

“I just think we had a third-place car,” Hamlin said. “I thought the 19 (Truex) was a little better, and obviously, the 1 (Chastain) came on really strong there at the end.

“Just didn‘t have quite a fast enough car to go for the win,” he added.

With his runner-up showing, Truex maintained the NASCAR Cup Series championship lead, now up by 18 points on both Hendrick Motorsports‘ William Byron and Chastain.

“Just needed to get the lead. Once we lost it, just too loose on the long runs, just could never get off the corner good to make a move,” Truex said. “Just needed a little bit. Had a lot of speed. … Overall, a good night.”

The 1.33-mile Nashville oval has been a good place for Chastain. He finished runner-up in 2021 and was fifth last year. And having won his first career pole position on Saturday, he went into Sunday‘s race feeling optimistic.

WATCH: Marks on Nashville win, Chastain

“I trust in my people, my family back home, the agriculture industry, and all the people Justin Marks has in place,” Chastain said, adding, “It‘s absolutely incredible the fight that we have.”

Chase Elliott, the 2022 Nashville winner, finished fourth, followed by his Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Byron. Joe Gibbs Racing‘s Christopher Bell, Legacy Motor Club‘s Erik Jones, Richard Childress Racing‘s Kyle Busch and Kaulig Racing‘s A.J. Allmendinger — who won the Nashville NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday — rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Cup Series next heads to downtown Chicago for the highly-anticipated Grant Park 200 Chicago Street Race next Sunday (5 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).

Note: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series garage was completed with no issues, confirming Ross Chastain as the race winner.