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Auto Club Speedway Race Results

Production Alliance Group 300

February 25, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

John H. Nemechek

20 |

2

Running

150

49

51

5

2

Sam Mayer

1 |

22

Running

150

0

39

0

3

Justin Allgaier

7 |

3

Running

150

8

39

0

4

Chandler Smith

16 |

5

Running

150

1

42

0

5

Josh Berry

8 |

19

Running

150

3

32

0

6

Austin Hill

21 |

1

Running

150

4

40

0

7

Riley Herbst

98 |

6

Running

150

0

38

0

8

Austin Dillon

10 |

15

Running

150

10

0

0

9

Brett Moffitt

25 |

25

Running

150

0

32

0

10

Parker Kligerman

48 |

23

Running

150

0

34

0

11

Joe Graf Jr

19 |

14

Running

150

0

26

0

12

Daniel Hemric

11 |

35

Running

150

0

32

0

13

Kaz Grala

26 |

29

Running

150

0

24

0

14

Ryan Sieg

39 |

16

Running

150

0

23

0

15

Kyle Sieg

38 |

18

Running

150

0

22

0

16

Josh Williams

92 |

9

Running

150

0

21

0

17

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

17

Running

150

0

20

0

18

Jeremy Clements

51 |

11

Running

150

0

19

0

19

Sammy Smith

18 |

13

Running

150

14

26

0

20

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

4

Running

150

0

17

0

21

Rajah Caruth

45 |

20

Running

150

0

0

0

22

Jeb Burton

27 |

7

Running

150

0

15

0

23

Sheldon Creed

2 |

31

Running

150

15

22

0

24

Ross Chastain

91 |

38

Running

150

0

0

0

25

Brennan Poole

6 |

30

Running

150

0

12

0

26

Jeffrey Earnhardt

44 |

26

Running

150

0

11

0

27

Cole Custer

00 |

8

Running

149

46

30

2

28

Alex Labbe

28 |

28

Running

149

0

9

0

29

Joey Gase

35 |

34

Running

149

0

8

0

30

Bayley Currey

4 |

36

Running

149

0

7

0

31

Blaine Perkins

07 |

33

Running

149

0

6

0

32

Timmy Hill

66 |

37

Running

149

0

0

0

33

Brandon Jones

9 |

10

Running

149

0

4

0

34

Ryan Ellis

43 |

32

Running

149

0

3

0

35

David Starr

02 |

21

Running

148

0

2

0

36

Tyler Reddick

24 |

24

Running

148

0

0

0

37

Cj McLaughlin

53 |

27

Running

147

0

1

0

38

Gray Gaulding

08 |

12

Accident

26

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS1

    LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 2 | 0.761

    Sam Mayer

    POS2

    0.761

    Sam Mayer

    Driver badge number 1 |

  • POS 3 | 1.305

    Justin Allgaier

    POS3

    1.305

    Justin Allgaier

    Driver badge number 7 |

John Hunter Nemechek scoots to Xfinity win at Auto Club

FONTANA, Calif. — After the sun set on Auto Club Speedway, John Hunter Nemechek drove his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to victory in Sunday‘s Production Alliance Group 300 in the final race at the 2-mile track.

It wasn‘t supposed to be that way. The NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers were scheduled to race on Saturday, leaving the speedway‘s swan song to the NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, but rain and snow — yes, snow in Southern California‘s Inland Empire — forced postponement of the race until Sunday.

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And after Kyle Busch won the Cup race, Nemechek, who drove for Busch in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series last year, took the checkered flag in his first full-time stint in the JGR Supra.

“Man, this whole 20 team gave me one heck of a race car,” said Nemechek, who took the lead for the last time after a restart on Lap 139 of 150. “Just a huge shout-out to all the guys who work on this 20 team.

“I think a lot of guys doubted (crew chief) Ben (Beshore) coming down from the Cup Series, and to have him on the box and to be able to establish the relationship I have with him, it‘s been awesome. I‘ve worked with a lot of the guys on the team the last couple of years, and the pit crew — they got it done when it counted tonight.”

Nemechek, who finished second by a matter of inches in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona, led a race-high 49 laps and finished 0.761 seconds ahead of runner-up Sam Mayer.  The Xfinity Series win was the third of his career, and it came at the track where his father, Joe Nemechek, won the first Cup pole of his career and the first-ever pole at the venue.

Justin Allgaier ran third, followed by Chandler Smith. Josh Berry was fifth, joining JR Motorsports teammates Mayer and Allgaier in the top five.

Mayer chased Nemechek for the final 12 laps but couldn‘t get close enough to make a move for the win.

“I‘m super proud of my team,” Mayer said. “We struggled early on, that‘s for sure. We had our work cut out for us, but we threw the kitchen sink at it, and we ended up second. All things considered, I‘m really happy and really proud of these guys.”

Cole Custer may have had the fastest car in the race. The driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, the defending race winner, swept the first two stages and led twice for 46 laps. But after a Lap 91 restart, Custer hit the outside wall, thanks to a flat tire, and sustained further damage when the Chevrolet of Austin Dillon couldn‘t avoid Custer‘s wounded car.

Custer finished 27th, one lap down.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is the Alsco Uniforms 300, scheduled Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Note: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage was completed without issue, affirming Nemechek’s victory in Sunday’s 300-miler.

Contributing: Staff reports