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Phoenix Raceway Race Results

United Rentals 200

March 11th,2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Sammy Smith

18 |

11

Running

200

92

55

5

2

Ryan Truex

19 |

12

Running

200

0

35

0

3

Sheldon Creed

2 |

5

Running

200

0

44

0

4

Riley Herbst

98 |

10

Running

200

0

43

0

5

Chandler Smith

16 |

6

Running

200

2

33

0

6

John H. Nemechek

20 |

4

Running

200

19

33

0

7

Austin Hill

21 |

8

Running

200

22

39

0

8

Josh Berry

8 |

7

Running

200

0

29

0

9

Kyle Busch

10 |

38

Running

200

3

0

0

10

Daniel Hemric

11 |

3

Running

200

0

41

0

11

Sam Mayer

1 |

14

Running

200

4

33

0

12

Cole Custer

00 |

1

Running

200

38

30

0

13

Brett Moffitt

25 |

17

Running

200

0

24

0

14

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

25

Running

200

0

28

0

15

Parker Kligerman

48 |

37

Running

200

0

22

0

16

Ryan Sieg

39 |

9

Running

200

0

21

0

17

Kyle Weatherman

02 |

18

Running

200

0

20

0

18

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

15

Running

200

0

19

0

19

Ryan Ellis

43 |

19

Running

200

0

18

0

20

Jeremy Clements

51 |

27

Running

200

0

17

0

21

Josh Williams

92 |

20

Running

200

0

16

0

22

Jeb Burton

27 |

16

Running

200

0

15

0

23

Brandon Jones

9 |

21

Running

200

0

14

0

24

Connor Mosack

24 |

36

Running

200

0

13

0

25

Kyle Sieg

28 |

22

Running

200

0

12

0

26

Joey Gase

35 |

33

Running

200

0

11

0

27

Leland Honeyman

45 |

23

Running

200

0

10

0

28

Bayley Currey

4 |

32

Running

200

0

9

0

29

Brennan Poole

6 |

28

Running

200

0

8

0

30

Patrick Emerling

53 |

34

Running

200

0

7

0

31

Joe Graf Jr

38 |

24

Running

200

0

6

0

32

Garrett Smithley

91 |

30

Running

200

0

5

0

33

Jeffrey Earnhardt

44 |

31

Running

200

0

4

0

34

Kaz Grala

26 |

13

Running

199

0

5

0

35

Blaine Perkins

07 |

35

Suspension

192

0

2

0

36

Justin Allgaier

7 |

2

Accident

178

20

21

2

37

Gray Gaulding

08 |

26

Accident

137

0

1

0

38

Dawson Cram

74 |

29

Fuel Pump

99

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Sammy Smith

    POS1

    LEADER

    Sammy Smith

    Driver badge number 18 |

  • POS 2 | 0.641

    Ryan Truex

    POS2

    0.641

    Ryan Truex

    Driver badge number 19 |

  • POS 3 | 2.945

    Sheldon Creed

    POS3

    2.945

    Sheldon Creed

    Driver badge number 2 |

Sammy Smith scores first career Xfinity win at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. — High-school senior Sammy Smith made the most of the fastest car in Saturday‘s United Rentals 200, becoming the youngest NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Phoenix Raceway at age 18.

In a race that featured 11 cautions for 69 laps, Smith held off teammate Ryan Truex after a restart with 15 of 200 laps left to give Joe Gibbs Racing its 16th victory at the 1-mile track.

Smith led a race-high 92 laps, including the last 52, taking the lead from all-time series wins leader Kyle Busch on Lap 149. To secure his first victory in the series in his 13th start, Smith had to survive restarts on Laps 157, 177 and 186.

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“That was tough with all of those restarts — and going against some of the best,” said Smith, who takes his high school classes online. “I just have to thank everybody on Pilot/Flying J, Toyota, JGR guys and everybody on this 18 team for giving me an awesome car. This is awesome.

“This is a dream come true, and I did know that at some point this was coming. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of great people around me. Without all of these guys, I wouldn‘t be here.”

In a part-time role with JGR, Truex matched his career-best finish after restarting seventh on Lap 186.

“That was a good restart at the end,” Truex said. “I thought I could at least try to make it exciting. Congrats to Sammy — he was the class of the field all day. His car was so good. He could really kind of do whatever he wanted.

“Sammy was just a little bit faster, but I‘ll try again next time.”

WATCH: Truex’s full post-race interview

Sheldon Creed ran a miraculous third after spinning and losing track position on Lap 148 to cause the ninth caution. Creed got help from Kaulig Racing teammates Busch and Chandler Smith, who tangled on the last lap while racing for fourth. Smith got the better of the exchange, finishing fifth to Busch‘s ninth.

Busch and Chandler Smith weren‘t the only teammates who traded paint on Saturday. JR Motorsports‘ Josh Berry spun off the bumper of Sam Mayer on Lap 84 but fought back to finish eighth.

Justin Allgaier, who won the race‘s first two stages, crashed hard on Lap 178 after contact from JR Motorsports teammate Brandon Jones and Sam Hunt Racing‘s Kaz Grala. The accident eliminated Allgaier and set up Smith‘s triumphant run to the checkered flag.

Riley Herbst ran fourth. John Hunter Nemechek recovered from a restart penalty — dipping below the yellow line on the apron before the start/finish line — to come home sixth.

Austin Hill was seventh, followed by Berry, Busch and Daniel Hemric. Mayer finished 11th and pole winner Cole Custer 12th.

Heading to his home state of Georgia, Hill leads the series standings by 30 points over second-place Nemechek. The Xfinity Series returns to action Saturday, March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (5 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) for the Raptor King of Tough 250.

Contributing: Staff report