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RESULTS

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FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Riley Herbst

98 |

8

Running

201

103

51

0

2

John H. Nemechek

20 |

38

Running

201

0

48

0

3

Cole Custer

00 |

2

Running

201

62

53

0

4

Chandler Smith

16 |

4

Running

201

23

47

0

5

Sam Mayer

1 |

14

Running

201

0

35

0

6

Justin Allgaier

7 |

7

Running

201

0

42

0

7

Austin Hill

21 |

10

Running

201

0

36

0

8

Brandon Jones

9 |

13

Running

201

0

33

0

9

Daniel Hemric

10 |

6

Running

201

1

41

0

10

Layne Riggs

11 |

9

Running

201

0

27

0

11

Myatt Snider

19 |

19

Running

200

0

26

0

12

Josh Berry

8 |

1

Running

200

11

29

0

13

Parker Kligerman

48 |

11

Running

200

0

26

0

14

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

5

Running

200

0

23

0

15

Sheldon Creed

2 |

15

Running

200

0

22

0

16

Ryan Sieg

39 |

17

Running

199

0

21

0

17

Sammy Smith

18 |

3

Running

199

0

30

0

18

Kyle Sieg

29 |

24

Running

199

1

19

0

19

Connor Mosack

24 |

28

Running

199

0

18

0

20

Ryan Reed

66 |

25

Running

198

0

17

0

21

Daniel Dye

44 |

23

Running

198

0

0

0

22

Jeb Burton

27 |

18

Running

197

0

15

0

23

Rajah Caruth

45 |

35

Running

197

0

0

0

24

Brett Moffitt

25 |

27

Running

197

0

13

0

25

Brennan Poole

6 |

34

Running

197

0

12

0

26

Stefan Parsons

08 |

29

Running

197

0

11

0

27

Ryan Ellis

43 |

32

Running

197

0

10

0

28

Blaine Perkins

02 |

31

Running

195

0

9

0

29

Cj McLaughlin

28 |

37

Running

194

0

8

0

30

Jeremy Clements

51 |

16

Running

193

0

7

0

31

Dawson Cram

74 |

21

Running

193

0

6

0

32

Joey Gase

35 |

36

Running

193

0

5

0

33

Josh Williams

92 |

26

Accident

56

0

4

0

34

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

20

Accident

54

0

3

0

35

Kaz Grala

26 |

22

Accident

53

0

2

0

36

Kyle Weatherman

91 |

12

Accident

53

0

1

0

37

Joe Graf Jr

38 |

30

Accident

12

0

1

0

38

Patrick Emerling

53 |

33

Accident

3

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Riley Herbst

    POS1

    LEADER

    Riley Herbst

    Driver badge number 98 |

  • POS 2 | 14.959

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS2

    14.959

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 3 | 19.493

    Cole Custer

    POS3

    19.493

    Cole Custer

    Driver badge number 00 |

Riley Herbst wins first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race in hometown of Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — It was a fitting venue, a perfect scenario for Riley Herbst to earn his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race — a dominating 14.9-second victory in the Alsco Uniforms 302 at his home track, Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Herbst‘s No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford led 103 of the 201 laps of the playoff race, leaving no room for error in this career-making day for the 24-year-old Las Vegas native. It was the most significant margin of victory in the series this season and nearly seven seconds better than the previous best margin of victory for an Xfinity Series race at this track — 8.4 seconds set back in 2002.

More than 60 of Herbst‘s close friends and family members were trackside for this standout showing, and Herbst was understandably emotional as he climbed out of his Ford — earning his first trophy in his 139th series start.

“Oh my goodness, I love this town and I love this team,‘‘ Herbst said, effusively thanking the people — family, team owners and corporate sponsors – who had stuck by him as he made his way up the ranks.

“Oh my goodness, you don‘t know what this means, what this takes off my chest. I can‘t believe it. I love you, Las Vegas. Let‘s go.‘‘

“I‘ve been working on myself and everything I can control and all I can do is all I can do,‘‘ he added. “If there was a caution, there was a caution and we would race them straight up.‘‘

But he didn‘t need to — leading the last 57 laps of the race and extending his lead with each circuit around the 1.5-mile Vegas high banks. Although he did not qualify for the 2023 playoffs, he led six of those championship challengers across the finish line.

Championship points leader Joe Gibbs Racing‘s John Hunter Nemechek finished a distant runner-up to Herbst, followed by Herbst‘s SHR teammate Cole Custer. Kaulig Racing‘s Chandler Smith and JR Motorsports Sam Mayer rounded out the Top-5. Mayer‘s teammate Justin Allgaier was sixth, followed by Richard Childress Racing‘s Austin Hill rounding out that top-finishing playoff group.

JR Motorsports Brandon Jones, Kaulig teammates Daniel Hemric and Layne Riggs completed the Top 10. It was an especially impressive day for the 21-year-old Riggs, who was starting his second career Xfinity Series.

Only two of the eight playoff drivers finished outside the top 10. RCR‘s Sheldon Creed was 15th and JGR‘s Sammy Smith was 17th, rallying from mid-race pit road issues.

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“I‘m really disappointed,‘‘ Allgaier said. “A great points day and the guys did a great job. We got behind at the beginning, and hard to get it back. … Proud of the effort all day. Hats off to Riley. That was a demonstration right there.‘‘

The runner-up showing was Nemechek‘s fifth Top-3 finish in the last six races. The series-leading seven-time race winner now holds a 47-point lead atop the playoff standings with two races — at Homestead-Miami and Martinsville, Va. — remaining to set the Championship 4 field for the Nov. 4 season finale in Phoenix.

“Congrats to Riley, I know he‘s been trying to win one of these things for a long time,‘‘ Nemechek said, adding, “We got stage points. .. solid points day just have to keep on with it.‘‘

The sixth-place finishing Allgaier is second to Nemechek in the playoff standings, up 21 points on the cutoff line. Hill is ranked third, 19 points up, and Custer‘s third-place effort (and stage win) was enough to move him into the Top-4. He holds a 15-point advantage over Chandler Smith for that final position.

Mayer is 16 points back, followed by Sammy Smith (-35) and Creed (-41).

The series moves to the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway for next Saturday‘s Contender Boats 300 (3 p.m. ET, USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage concluded without issue, confirming Herbst as the race winner.