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Atlanta Motor Speedway Race Results

Raptor King of Tough 250

March 18, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Austin Hill

21 |

3

Running

163

103

53

6

2

Daniel Hemric

11 |

11

Running

163

0

39

0

3

Ryan Truex

19 |

4

Running

163

0

34

0

4

Parker Kligerman

48 |

13

Running

163

5

43

1

5

Riley Herbst

98 |

5

Running

163

11

47

0

6

Brett Moffitt

25 |

12

Running

163

0

36

0

7

Josh Berry

8 |

9

Running

163

0

34

0

8

John H. Nemechek

20 |

2

Running

163

10

37

0

9

Sam Mayer

1 |

10

Running

163

0

28

0

10

Justin Haley

10 |

18

Running

163

5

0

0

11

Ryan Sieg

39 |

14

Running

163

0

34

0

12

Cole Custer

00 |

8

Running

163

0

29

0

13

Brennan Poole

6 |

29

Running

163

0

24

0

14

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

15

Running

163

18

29

0

15

Jeremy Clements

51 |

23

Running

163

0

23

0

16

Jeb Burton

27 |

16

Running

163

0

21

0

17

Sammy Smith

18 |

1

Running

163

0

20

0

18

Patrick Emerling

35 |

32

Running

163

0

19

0

19

Brandon Jones

9 |

21

Running

163

10

26

0

20

Gray Gaulding

08 |

35

Running

163

1

17

0

21

Sheldon Creed

2 |

7

Running

163

0

32

0

22

Blaine Perkins

07 |

36

Running

163

0

15

0

23

Ryan Ellis

43 |

24

Running

163

0

14

0

24

Chad Chastain

91 |

37

Running

163

0

0

0

25

Joe Graf Jr

38 |

27

Running

163

0

12

0

26

Kyle Sieg

28 |

26

Running

161

0

11

0

27

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

17

Accident

154

0

10

0

28

Chandler Smith

16 |

6

Rear Gear

127

0

16

0

29

Justin Allgaier

7 |

19

Accident

77

0

8

0

30

Connor Mosack

24 |

25

Accident

69

0

7

0

31

Sage Karam

45 |

30

Radiator

43

0

6

0

32

Josh Williams

92 |

22

Accident

33

0

5

0

33

Kyle Weatherman

02 |

20

Accident

26

0

4

0

34

Jeffrey Earnhardt

44 |

31

Accident

11

0

3

0

35

Kaz Grala

26 |

28

Accident

11

0

2

0

36

Garrett Smithley

4 |

34

Accident

11

0

1

0

37

Joey Gase

53 |

33

Accident

1

0

1

0

38

Caesar Bacarella

66 |

38

Accident

1

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Austin Hill

    POS1

    LEADER

    Austin Hill

    Driver badge number 21 |

  • POS 2 | 0.085

    Daniel Hemric

    POS2

    0.085

    Daniel Hemric

    Driver badge number 11 |

  • POS 3 | 0.149

    Ryan Truex

    POS3

    0.149

    Ryan Truex

    Driver badge number 19 |

Austin Hill fends off Kligerman, Hemric for Xfinity win at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — In a race that started in chaos and ended in bedlam on the last lap, Austin Hill won his third NASCAR Xfinity Series race of the season, beating Daniel Hemric to the checkered flag in Saturday‘s Raptor King of the Tough 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

With his family in attendance, the Winston, Ga., native, led three times for a race-high 103 laps and dominated an event that featured a record 12 cautions for 68 laps.

NASCAR called the final yellow on the last lap, after a multicar wreck erupted as Hill and Hemric approached the finish line.

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Parker Kligerman made a race of it until the cars entered the frontstretch dogleg on the last lap. At the end of a two-lap dash to the finish, Kligerman‘s Chevrolet turned sideways across the front bumper of Hemric‘s car and hit the right rear of Hill‘s No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevy.

Hill maintained control and took the checkered flag with Hemric trailing by .085 seconds. Kligerman slid backward across the finish line in fourth, as Ryan Truex edged him for the third spot by .001 seconds.

“They knew we were here,” Kligerman radioed to his Big Machine Racing team.

The defending race winner, Hill came to Atlanta with victories at Daytona and Las Vegas and, understandably, the Xfinity Series lead. The win was Hill‘s second at Atlanta and the fifth of his career.

The only thing that shook Hill all night was the contact with the right rear of his car in the final 100 yards.

“I have no idea how I saved it coming to the line,” Hill said, after his young daughter ran out to greet him at the finish line. “What a start to the season. Everybody at Richard Childress Racing, ECR engines — we‘ve just had such a fast start with Chevrolet. This has been special, for sure.”

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Riley Herbst finished fifth, followed by Brett Moffitt, Josh Berry, John Hunter Nemechek, Sam Mayer and Justin Haley.

Hill won the first stage, and Kligerman gave Big Machine its first-ever stage victory in the second.

Josh Williams‘ No. 92 DGM Racing Chevrolet sustained damage in a Lap 27 accident with the No. 02 Chevy of Kyle Weatherman, and when Williams dropped debris on the frontstretch to cause the fourth caution moments after the subsequent Lap 32 restart, NASCAR officials parked him under the Damaged Vehicle Policy.

Instead of driving his car to the garage, however, a frustrated Williams parked it at the start/finish line. NASCAR ordered Williams to the hauler for a discussion of the incident, after he was released from the infield care center. Team owner Mario Gosselin and No. 92 crew chief Bryan Berry were also summoned for consultation.

“A long time ago when I was younger, I had something similar happen to me at a short track,” Williams said after emerging from the Xfinity Series hauler. “I stopped on the frontstretch underneath the flagstand and got out, and there wasn’t one person sitting in their seat. So I didn’t do it to be spiteful or to make a huge scene and cause every one of y’all (reporters) to stand here, I just wanted to voice my opinion. I felt that it wasn’t right, but it’s in the rule book.”

The Xfinity Series’ next race is scheduled next Saturday, March 26 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) at Circuit of The Americas.

Note: Inspection was completed in the Xfinity Series garage without issue, confirming Hill’s victory.

Contributing: Sean Montgomery in Hampton, Ga., staff reports