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Cabo Wabo 250 Race Results

Michigan International Speedway

August 5th, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

John H. Nemechek

20 |

10

Running

125

65

50

6

2

Josh Berry

8 |

1

Running

125

0

48

0

3

Brandon Jones

9 |

14

Running

125

0

41

0

4

Ty Gibbs

19 |

8

Running

125

22

0

0

5

Sam Mayer

1 |

4

Running

125

0

37

0

6

Riley Herbst

98 |

5

Running

125

1

44

0

7

Ross Chastain

10 |

11

Running

125

0

0

0

8

Parker Kligerman

48 |

17

Running

125

0

29

0

9

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

24

Running

125

0

28

0

10

Jeb Burton

27 |

23

Running

125

0

27

0

11

Austin Hill

21 |

3

Running

125

0

36

0

12

Sheldon Creed

2 |

15

Running

125

0

25

0

13

Ryan Sieg

39 |

22

Running

125

0

27

0

14

Justin Allgaier

7 |

2

Running

125

32

42

1

15

Daniel Hemric

11 |

16

Running

125

0

22

0

16

Cole Custer

00 |

13

Running

125

0

34

0

17

Brett Moffitt

25 |

12

Running

125

4

21

0

18

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

18

Running

125

0

20

0

19

Kyle Sieg

28 |

21

Running

125

0

18

0

20

Chandler Smith

16 |

6

Running

125

0

24

0

21

Kaz Grala

26 |

25

Running

124

0

16

0

22

Josh Williams

92 |

29

Running

124

0

15

0

23

Ryan Ellis

43 |

35

Running

124

0

14

0

24

Jeffrey Earnhardt

45 |

34

Running

124

0

13

0

25

Sage Karam

66 |

33

Running

124

1

12

0

26

Jeremy Clements

51 |

27

Running

124

0

11

0

27

Joe Graf Jr

38 |

28

Running

124

0

10

0

28

Dawson Cram

74 |

32

Running

124

0

9

0

29

Brennan Poole

6 |

37

Running

123

0

8

0

30

Garrett Smithley

4 |

26

Running

123

0

7

0

31

Stefan Parsons

07 |

30

Running

123

0

6

0

32

Carson Hocevar

77 |

7

Running

123

0

0

0

33

Blaine Perkins

02 |

38

Running

123

0

4

0

34

Patrick Emerling

35 |

36

Running

120

0

3

0

35

Kyle Weatherman

91 |

20

Electrical

91

0

2

0

36

Connor Mosack

24 |

19

Accident

39

0

1

0

37

Mason Maggio

08 |

31

Accident

16

0

0

0

38

Sammy Smith

18 |

9

Accident

11

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS1

    LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 2 | 1.495

    Josh Berry

    POS2

    1.495

    Josh Berry

    Driver badge number 8 |

  • POS 3 | 1.632

    Brandon Jones

    POS3

    1.632

    Brandon Jones

    Driver badge number 9 |

John Hunter Nemechek prevails at Michigan, lands JGR's 200th Xfinity win

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Overcoming an early wreck, a late caution and an angry teammate, John Hunter Nemechek claimed a milestone victory in Saturday‘s Cabo Wabo 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

The NASCAR Xfinity win was the 200th in the series for Joe Gibbs Racing. For Nemechek, it was the fifth victory of the season and the seventh of his career — all at different tracks.

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After Patrick Emerling pounded the Turn 3 wall to cause the seventh and final caution of the race on Lap 112, Nemechek pulled away from pole winner Josh Berry after a restart with seven of the scheduled 125 laps left.

Nemechek crossed the finish line 1.495 seconds ahead of Berry, with Brandon Jones, defending race winner Ty Gibbs and Sam Mayer finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

After he took the checkered flag, however, Nemechek tempered his victory celebration with contrition for a Lap 11 incident where he, Gibbs and fellow JGR teammate Sammy Smith stacked up on the backstretch.

Nemechek slid up behind Gibbs and got Gibbs‘ No. 19 Toyota loose. A tap from Nemechek sent his teammate spinning. When Nemechek checked up, Smith rear-ended the No. 20 Toyota and turned Nemechek down toward the apron.

WATCH: JGR trio sparks multi-car Michigan crash

As the cars circled under the ensuing caution, Gibbs pulled up beside Nemechek and expressed his displeasure with an angry gesture.

The wreck knocked Smith‘s car out of the race and also critically damaged the No. 77 Chevrolet of Carson Hocevar, who finished two laps down in 32nd.

“I have to apologize to Ty,” Nemechek said after exiting his car. “I‘ve been the one who‘s been very vocal about teammates here recently. I put him in a bad aero spot. I got him loose, and he couldn‘t check up.

“It‘s my mistake. I hate that we both spun early, but at least we were able to rebound. I know he‘s not too happy with me, and he has every right not to be.”

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Berry‘s No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet wasn‘t handling well enough to allow the polesitter to take advantage of the final restart.

“We just felt really tight that last run,” Berry said. “I was kind of inching in on him for a while (before the last caution), and then we kind of leveled out… Overall, we were a little too tight to make a run at him there.”

Berry‘s teammate, Justin Allgaier, had ample reason to be the race‘s most disappointed driver. Allgaier won the first 30-lap stage wire-to-wire, but a slow pit stop during the break cost him eight positions in the running order.

After Allgaier worked his way to second by the end of Stage 2, contact from Gibbs on pit road sent Allgaier for a spin. In the midst of his next recovery, a pit-road penalty for a crewman over the wall too soon during a green flag stop on Lap 97 sent him deep in the field. Allgaier finished 14th in arguably the fastest car in the race.

With the victory, Nemechek gained a tie with Austin Hill for the series points lead. Nemechek owns the potential tiebreaker with five victories to Hill‘s four.

Riley Herbst, Ross Chastain, Parker Kligerman, Parker Retzlaff and Jeb Burton completed the top 10.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is scheduled next Saturday (5:30 p.m. ET, USA, IMS Radio, SiriusXM, NBC Sports App) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Note: Post-race inspection in the Xfinity Series garage at Michigan was completed without issue, confirming Nemechek as the race winner.

Contributing: Staff reports