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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Chandler Smith

16 |

8

Running

250

83

57

6

2

John H. Nemechek

20 |

10

Running

250

11

39

0

3

Josh Berry

8 |

7

Running

250

63

51

1

4

Kaz Grala

26 |

21

Running

250

0

38

0

5

Cole Custer

00 |

22

Running

250

0

44

0

6

Sheldon Creed

2 |

6

Running

250

0

35

0

7

Ryan Sieg

39 |

17

Running

250

0

32

0

8

Parker Kligerman

48 |

20

Running

250

0

32

0

9

Austin Hill

21 |

18

Running

250

0

28

0

10

Derek Kraus

10 |

11

Running

250

0

27

0

11

Alex Labbe

91 |

32

Running

250

0

26

0

12

Jeb Burton

27 |

16

Running

250

0

25

0

13

Justin Allgaier

7 |

1

Running

250

2

31

0

14

Chris Hacker

38 |

29

Running

250

0

0

0

15

Ryan Ellis

43 |

23

Running

250

0

22

0

16

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

14

Running

250

0

21

0

17

Sam Mayer

1 |

3

Running

250

0

21

0

18

Jeffrey Earnhardt

44 |

34

Running

250

0

19

0

19

Sammy Smith

18 |

2

Running

250

40

18

0

20

Kyle Sieg

28 |

25

Running

250

0

17

0

21

Brandon Jones

9 |

9

Running

250

24

33

0

22

Brett Moffitt

25 |

24

Running

250

0

15

0

23

Riley Herbst

98 |

4

Running

250

27

31

0

24

Daniel Hemric

11 |

5

Running

249

0

17

0

25

Leland Honeyman

45 |

28

Running

249

0

12

0

26

Blaine Perkins

02 |

27

Running

248

0

11

0

27

Joey Gase

35 |

35

Running

248

0

10

0

28

Connor Mosack

24 |

19

Running

248

0

9

0

29

Patrick Emerling

53 |

33

Running

248

0

8

0

30

Garrett Smithley

4 |

37

Running

248

0

7

0

31

Mason Maggio

66 |

38

Running

247

0

0

0

32

Stefan Parsons

07 |

36

Running

247

0

5

0

33

Josh Williams

92 |

26

Running

247

0

4

0

34

Brennan Poole

6 |

30

Running

247

0

3

0

35

Gray Gaulding

08 |

31

Running

245

0

2

0

36

Jeremy Clements

51 |

12

Running

243

0

1

0

37

Joe Graf Jr

19 |

15

Running

236

0

1

0

38

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

13

Accident

144

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Chandler Smith

    POS1

    LEADER

    Chandler Smith

    Driver badge number 16 |

  • POS 2 | 0.298

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS2

    0.298

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 3 | 0.690

    Josh Berry

    POS3

    0.690

    Josh Berry

    Driver badge number 8 |

Chandler Smith finds late-race momentum, wins Xfinity Series race at Richmond

Rookie Chandler Smith earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway, holding off John Hunter Nemechek on a final race restart with six laps remaining to hoist the ToyotaCare 250 trophy.

Smith‘s No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet led a race-best 83 of the 250 laps — the bulk of that early in the race. But the 20-year-old Georgia native was able to run among the top five for most of the day and ultimately drive his Chevy around Nemechek‘s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on that last restart, pulling away to a 0.298-second victory after intense side-by-side action for the lead in the closing laps.

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Smith has had three top-five finishes, including a gut-wrenching near miss at Las Vegas last month. After leading a dominant 118 laps and being out front with one lap to go at Vegas four races ago, he had to settle for third place. So this victory at Richmond was especially motivating for the young driver.

“Feels great,‘‘ a smiling Smith said. “This goes to testimony as to Vegas, dominated that race but didn‘t win and said, ‘It was all in God‘s timing.’ … Here we are in Richmond, my favorite race track, and we‘re sitting in Victory Lane.‘‘

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It marks the third-consecutive runner-up finish for Nemechek at the 0.75-mile Richmond track, including a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and the last two NASCAR Xfinity Series races there.

“We weren‘t very good on the short run, we had a long-run speed car,‘‘ Nemechek said. “But we came from the back up there to battle for the win, put ourselves in position.‘”

“Disappointed to run runner-up again, that‘s the last three races I‘ve run here, finished second. Frustrated, but we‘ll go back to work. The 16 (Smith) just had the best car on the short run.”

JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry finished third in the No. 8 JRM Chevrolet. He led 63 laps and was out front with 65 laps remaining until a series of caution flags and restarts characterized the race ending.

Kaz Grala turned in a strong day with a fourth-place showing in the No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota — equaling his career-best effort in the Xfinity Series. And Cole Custer rallied to a fifth-place finish in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford after a problem on pit road and some tight side-by-side racing late in the day.

Justin Allgaier — who started his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet from pole position after qualifying was rained out Saturday morning — led laps early but had an up-and-down day. Ultimately, he finished 13th and was good enough to take the first $100,000 bonus in the Dash 4 Cash sweepstakes sponsored by Xfinity.

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With his work, Allgaier now joins Saturday‘s three new qualifiers — Chandler Smith, Berry and Nemechek to contend for the next $100,000 check at the series‘ next race at Martinsville Speedway on April 15.

“Weird day today, we didn‘t fire off quite as good as we hoped for, but they kept working, great pit stops all day.‘‘ Allgaier said, adding: “It‘s weird finishing 13th and still be standing here holding this check, but the other guys had a rough day. This puts us in next week for the Dash 4 Cash, so huge thanks to Xfinity for all they do for the sport.‘‘

Seven different drivers led at least 24 laps — and for much of the race, there were at least three drivers ranked among the top 10 looking for their first career Xfinity Series win.

Sheldon Creed, Ryan Sieg, Parker Kligerman, the season‘s three-race winner Austin Hill and Derek Kraus rounded out the top 10. It was the first series start for Kraus, who raced among the top 10 in his No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet for most of the day.

Riley Herbst, who led 27 laps and Brandon Jones, who led 24, were involved in an accident while contending for fourth place late in the race. Herbst finished 23rd while Jones was 21st.

The next race is the Call811.com Before You Dig. 250 at Martinsville Speedway on April 15 (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: Post-race inspection concluded following the Xfinity Series race without issue, confirming Chandler Smith as the race winner.