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Ambetter Health 200 Race Results

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

July 15th, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

John H. Nemechek

20 |

2

Running

206

137

52

5

2

Chandler Smith

16 |

1

Running

206

10

43

0

3

Austin Hill

21 |

8

Running

206

0

35

0

4

Daniel Hemric

11 |

11

Running

206

0

35

0

5

Sammy Smith

18 |

7

Running

206

18

42

1

6

Justin Allgaier

7 |

4

Running

206

27

46

1

7

Jeb Burton

27 |

20

Running

206

0

30

0

8

Josh Williams

92 |

22

Running

206

0

35

0

9

Brett Moffitt

25 |

12

Running

206

0

28

0

10

Mason Massey

08 |

33

Running

206

0

27

0

11

Brandon Jones

9 |

5

Running

206

0

38

0

12

Alex Labbe

91 |

21

Running

206

0

25

0

13

Kaz Grala

26 |

38

Running

206

0

24

0

14

Patrick Emerling

35 |

28

Running

206

0

23

0

15

Jeremy Clements

51 |

16

Running

206

0

22

0

16

Austin Dillon

10 |

9

Running

206

4

0

0

17

Josh Berry

8 |

3

Running

206

0

26

0

18

Sam Mayer

1 |

10

Running

206

0

22

0

19

Ryan Ellis

43 |

29

Running

206

0

18

0

20

Riley Herbst

98 |

14

Running

206

0

17

0

21

Sheldon Creed

2 |

17

Running

205

0

24

0

22

Cole Custer

00 |

6

Running

205

0

23

0

23

Kyle Sieg

28 |

26

Running

205

0

14

0

24

Brennan Poole

6 |

24

Running

204

0

13

0

25

Blaine Perkins

02 |

32

Running

203

0

12

0

26

Connor Mosack

24 |

25

Running

203

0

11

0

27

Kyle Weatherman

4 |

23

Running

202

0

10

0

28

Cj McLaughlin

53 |

35

Running

201

0

9

0

29

Joe Graf Jr

19 |

19

Accident

196

8

12

0

30

Chris Hacker

38 |

31

Running

195

0

0

0

31

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

13

Accident

190

2

15

0

32

Parker Kligerman

48 |

15

Accident

70

0

5

0

33

Ryan Sieg

39 |

37

Accident

70

0

4

0

34

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

18

Accident

70

0

3

0

35

Chad Finchum

66 |

34

Suspension

60

0

2

0

36

Stefan Parsons

07 |

30

Suspension

48

0

1

0

37

Rajah Caruth

44 |

27

Oil Line

47

0

0

0

38

Greg Van Alst

45 |

36

Brakes

17

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS1

    LEADER

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 2 | 0.424

    Chandler Smith

    POS2

    0.424

    Chandler Smith

    Driver badge number 16 |

  • POS 3 | 1.039

    Austin Hill

    POS3

    1.039

    Austin Hill

    Driver badge number 21 |

John Hunter Nemechek notches Xfinity win at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — John Hunter Nemechek completed the first back-to-back victory effort of his career, convincingly winning Saturday‘s Ambetter Health 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to answer a big victory last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, too.

Nemechek held off rookie Chandler Smith on an overtime restart, leading a race-best 137 of the 206 laps in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and becoming the winningest driver in the series this season with four victories — upping his career total to six. The 26-year-old second-generation star Nemechek now leads the championship run by 33 points over Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Hill, a three-time race winner in 2023 and the third-place finisher on Saturday.

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“They‘ve had dominant JGR Supras the last couple years and I had to hold up my end of the bargain,‘‘ said a smiling Nemechek, who at one point led the field by more than four seconds. “It’s nerve-wracking for sure [the final restart], so I‘m so proud of this No. 20 team and everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing,‘‘ Nemechek added, “I think our first clean race of the year and hats off to all our guys.

“I love coming up here and shout-out to a driver who is one of the masters up here,‘‘ he said with a smile, conceding “The Master” was Sunday‘s NASCAR Cup Series pole-sitter and JGR teammate Christopher Bell. “I was a little worried there with the last restarts. We kept getting really good launches and were able to clear them but I didn‘t know who was saving what. I was trying to save for Cole [Custer], he really pushed us there.”

The runner-up finisher Smith, who earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series pole position on Friday for this race, led only the first lap but stayed in contention and kept the front pack honest throughout the day. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old Kaulig Racing driver, there was a malfunction with his cool suit on the steamy summer New England afternoon and he was treated with IVs at the care center after the race, but reported in good shape overall.

The race on the 1.058-mile oval included 10 caution periods — the last forcing an overtime finish. Nemechek had just rolled under the white flag signaling the last lap, when a pair of his closest challengers on the day — Cole Custer and Sheldon Creed — crashed behind him dueling for third place. The incident froze the running order and ended the race.

Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Custer — the youngest winner in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history when he won at New Hampshire in 2014 at the age of 16 — collided with RCR driver Creed while vying for third place. Custer, a two-time winner this season, had run among the top three for much of the race. Creed is still racing for his first victory of the season.

Behind Nemechek, Smith and Hill, Kaulig Racing‘s Daniel Hemric and JGR rookie driver Sammy Smith rounded out the top five. Smith earned his first career stage win, taking the Stage 2 flag and leading 18 laps on the day.

JR Motorsports‘ Justin Allgaier finished sixth after leading 27 laps early in the race and winning Stage 1, tying him with Nemechek for most stage wins (five) on the season.

Allgaier was Nemechek’s toughest challenger early, leading 27 laps in winning Stage 1 but his early strength was short-circuited when his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet was tagged with a penalty for pitting outside the pit box when he overshot his stall in the stage intermission. He was scored in 27th place for the start of Stage 2, then later was snared in a nine-car stack-up as the field jammed up on a Lap 71 restart.

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Allgaier continued with damage and rallied to finish sixth, but Anthony Alfredo, Parker Kligerman and Ryan Sieg were all sidelined. Sieg was critical of Nemechek’s restart approach after he was checked and released from the infield care center.

Jeb Burton, who won earlier in the season at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, finished seventh, followed by Josh Williams, the owner-driver collecting the 11th top-10 finish of his career and the first back-to-back top 10s of the season. Brett Moffitt and Mason Massey rounded out the New Hampshire top 10. It marked Massey‘s first top-10 effort of 2023 as well.

As for Nemechek, he is currently riding a massive streak of career accomplishment.

“Now it‘s time to keep clicking off these victories,‘‘ Nemechek said.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action next Saturday with the Pocono 225 at Pocono Raceway (5:30 p.m. ET, USA Network, NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM).

Note: Post-race inspection was completed in the Xfinity Series garage at New Hampshire with no issues, confirming Nemechek as the winner.

Contributing: Staff reports