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Daytona International Speedway Race Results

Beef. It's What's For Dinner. 300

February 18, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Austin Hill

21 |

1

Running

125

39

58

6

2

John H. Nemechek

20 |

7

Running

125

8

40

0

3

Justin Allgaier

7 |

5

Running

125

36

52

1

4

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

16

Running

125

0

33

0

5

Myatt Snider

19 |

13

Running

125

0

33

0

6

Riley Herbst

98 |

9

Running

125

0

35

0

7

Joe Graf Jr

39 |

29

Running

125

0

30

0

8

Ryan Sieg

38 |

22

Running

125

0

29

0

9

Cole Custer

00 |

3

Running

125

1

30

0

10

Justin Haley

10 |

19

Running

125

1

0

0

11

Jeb Burton

27 |

20

Running

125

0

33

0

12

Chandler Smith

16 |

8

Running

125

0

34

0

13

Stefan Parsons

45 |

17

Running

125

0

24

0

14

Brandon Jones

9 |

11

Running

125

0

30

0

15

Josh Williams

92 |

25

Running

125

0

22

0

16

Parker Chase

24 |

34

Running

125

0

21

0

17

Jeremy Clements

51 |

38

Running

125

0

20

0

18

Joey Gase

53 |

36

Running

125

0

19

0

19

Sammy Smith

18 |

15

Running

125

0

18

0

20

Gray Gaulding

08 |

23

Running

125

1

17

0

21

Kyle Sieg

28 |

26

Running

125

0

16

0

22

David Starr

02 |

28

Running

125

2

15

0

23

Parker Kligerman

48 |

2

Running

125

1

17

0

24

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

10

Running

125

0

13

0

25

Jade Buford

5 |

12

Running

125

0

12

0

26

Josh Berry

8 |

18

Running

125

17

20

0

27

Sam Mayer

1 |

14

Accident

124

14

19

0

28

Jeffrey Earnhardt

44 |

24

Running

124

0

9

0

29

Brett Moffitt

25 |

32

Running

124

0

14

0

30

Jesse Iwuji

34 |

37

Electrical

110

0

7

0

31

Cj McLaughlin

35 |

31

Accident

87

0

6

0

32

Kaz Grala

26 |

33

Engine

82

0

5

0

33

Brennan Poole

6 |

21

Engine

81

0

4

0

34

Sheldon Creed

2 |

4

Accident

41

5

8

0

35

Ryan Ellis

43 |

35

Accident

41

0

2

0

36

Daniel Hemric

11 |

6

Accident

20

0

1

0

37

Blaine Perkins

07 |

27

Accident

19

0

1

0

38

Bayley Currey

4 |

30

Engine

8

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Austin Hill

    POS1

    LEADER

    Austin Hill

    Driver badge number 21 |

  • POS 2 | 0.376

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS2

    0.376

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 3 | 0.377

    Justin Allgaier

    POS3

    0.377

    Justin Allgaier

    Driver badge number 7 |

Austin Hill wins Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After Sam Mayer spun on the roof of his Chevrolet on the backstretch at Daytona International Speedway, trailing a shower of sparks, Austin Hill, Justin Allgaier and John Hunter Nemechek sat in their cars and waited.

And after what must have seemed to be an eternity to the drivers, NASCAR reviewed video of the final lap of overtime and declared Hill the winner of his second straight season opener at the World Center of Racing in front of the largest crowd to witness an Xfinity Series race at Daytona since the $400-million renovation of the facility in 2016.

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A consummate superspeedway racer, Hill led a race-high 38 laps in Saturday‘s Beef. It‘s What‘s for Dinner. 300 and was narrowly ahead of surging John Hunter Nemechek when the sanctioning body called the caution for Mayer‘s spectacular accident on Lap 125—five circuits beyond the scheduled distance.

“As soon as the caution lights came on, I thought I had it, but it was so close,” Hill said. “To get back-to-back here at Daytona, it’s really special. That’s three wins for me now, two in the Xfinity, one in the truck here. We came from the back two different times.

“I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was such a blast. I had so much fun. We won at Daytona! Let’s go!”

A screenshot from the finale of the Daytona Xfinity Series race

Hill‘s first thought, however, was for Mayer. Contact between Hill‘s No. 21 Camaro and Mayer‘s No. 1 Chevrolet sent Mayer spinning and then flipping upside down until his car hit the infield grass and landed upright. Mayer was treated and released from the infield care center.

“When I saw the 1 (Mayer) and the 7 (Allgaier) get together, I just went to go squeeze them, and the 1 came down, he started getting loose, and then you can’t lift—it’s last lap,” Hill said. “I hope Sam is OK, man. That was a heck of a flip there.”

Allgaier, who was credited with a third-place finish, had another close call in the race that has eluded him.

“I’ve been short my whole life, so I guess it’s just fitting,” quipped the 5-foot-6-inch driver. “But really proud of everybody at JR Motorsports. Our Chevy Camaros tonight were absolutely blazing fast.

“Obviously, I’m glad Sam is OK. He had a heck of a run there at the end.”

Rookie Parker Retzlaff finished a career-best fourth, followed by Myatt Snider. Riley Herbst, Joe Graf Jr., Ryan Sieg, Cole Custer and Justin Haley completed the top 10.

Hill won the first stage, but only through Allgaier‘s benevolence. On the final lap of the stage, Hill steered down the track to block Allgaier‘s Chevrolet. Allgaier backed out of the throttle to give Hill room, as the rear bumper of Hill‘s Camaro slid uncomfortably close to the nose of Allgaier‘s car.

“If I don‘t lift, I wreck the whole field,” Allgaier said on his radio. “It‘s stupid racing.”

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“Justin really cut me a break,” Hill acknowledged. “I really appreciate that from him.”

Allgaier must have gotten some karmic benefit from his magnanimity. When Parker Kligerman turned Sheldon Creed‘s Chevrolet while bump-drafting near the entrance to Turn 1 on Lap 40, Allgaier‘s Chevrolet spun sideways onto the apron behind the initial wreck.

After a tape job to the left rear of his car, Allgaier returned to the track, started at the rear of the field and quickly charged back into the lead on Lap 54. Allgaier went on to win the second stage, with Mayer close behind him.

“To go to the back and have that spin and just battle our way through, it’s crazy how fast our car was tonight and how good we were in traffic,” Allgaier said.

Unfortunately for the veteran driver, speed, maneuverability and good karma could carry him only so far.

The Xfinity Series will return to action at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 25 (5 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Inspection in the Xfinity Series garage is complete with no issues, confirming the No. 21 entry of Austin Hill as the race winner.

Contributing: Staff reports.