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ToyotaCare 250 Race Results

Richmond Raceway

March 30, 2024

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Chandler Smith

81 |

4

Running

250

76

52

5

2

Aric Almirola

20 |

10

Running

250

95

55

2

3

Taylor Gray

19 |

27

Running

250

0

0

0

4

Corey Heim

26 |

6

Running

250

15

0

0

5

Jesse Love

2 |

8

Running

250

0

32

0

6

Bubba Pollard

88 |

37

Running

250

0

31

0

7

Parker Kligerman

48 |

9

Running

250

0

30

0

8

Austin Hill

21 |

16

Running

250

0

33

0

9

Sammy Smith

8 |

13

Running

250

0

29

0

10

Cole Custer

00 |

3

Running

249

7

32

0

11

Justin Allgaier

7 |

5

Running

249

28

38

0

12

Josh Williams

11 |

26

Running

249

0

25

0

13

Riley Herbst

98 |

14

Running

249

0

29

0

14

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

7

Running

249

0

23

0

15

Shane Van Gisbergen

97 |

12

Running

249

0

22

0

16

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

1

Running

249

27

24

0

17

Kyle Weatherman

91 |

23

Running

249

0

20

0

18

Matt DiBenedetto

38 |

31

Running

249

0

19

0

19

Josh Bilicki

92 |

29

Running

249

0

18

0

20

Leland Honeyman

42 |

25

Running

249

0

17

0

21

Garrett Smithley

6 |

36

Running

249

0

16

0

22

Logan Bearden

14 |

32

Running

249

0

16

0

23

Kyle Sieg

28 |

34

Running

249

0

14

0

24

Jeremy Clements

51 |

17

Running

249

0

13

0

25

Dawson Cram

4 |

33

Running

248

0

12

0

26

Jeb Burton

27 |

21

Running

248

0

11

0

27

Ryan Ellis

43 |

22

Running

248

0

10

0

28

Brennan Poole

44 |

19

Running

248

0

18

0

29

Anthony Alfredo

5 |

18

Running

248

0

8

0

30

Sam Mayer

1 |

11

Running

246

2

22

0

31

Hailie Deegan

15 |

24

Running

241

0

6

0

32

Ryan Sieg

39 |

15

Running

220

0

5

0

33

Blaine Perkins

29 |

28

Running

181

0

4

0

34

Joey Gase

35 |

38

Accident

171

0

3

0

35

Sheldon Creed

18 |

20

Brakes

118

0

2

0

36

Patrick Emerling

07 |

35

Brakes

95

0

1

0

37

Brandon Jones

9 |

2

Engine

42

0

1

0

38

Ryan Vargas

32 |

30

Engine

18

0

1

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Chandler Smith

    POS1

    LEADER

    Chandler Smith

    Driver badge number 81 |

  • POS 2 | 4.495

    Aric Almirola

    POS2

    4.495

    Aric Almirola

    Driver badge number 20 |

  • POS 3 | 7.552

    Taylor Gray

    POS3

    7.552

    Taylor Gray

    Driver badge number 19 |

Chandler Smith wins Xfinity race at Richmond for second straight season

Chandler Smith led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep at Richmond Raceway Saturday afternoon cruising to a 4.495-seconds victory over teammates Aric Almirola and Taylor Gray in the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

It marks back-to-back wins in this race for Smith — answering his first career Xfinity Series victory last spring — and he led the final 60 laps in the No. 81 JGR Toyota, 76 laps on the day for his third career win, second of the season. It was his teammate Almirola who won both stages and led a race best 95 of the 250 laps in his No. 20 JGR Toyota, but the former full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver ultimately could not catch Smith, who pulled away in the closing laps.

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“Never give up, never give up,” said Smith, who has top-10 finishes in all six races this year. “This car was not good. Stage 1 wasn‘t good, but we were able to do some strategy there with this No. 81 Supra in Stage 2.

“Back here winning races on a consistent basis and took over the points lead too, I‘m just blessed,” he added.

For his part, Almirola acknowledged he just didn‘t have what he needed to catch the 21-year old Georgia-native in the closing laps. He‘ll have another chance at victory next week as he‘s in the car again at Martinsville Speedway.

“We just got a little bit too loose,” Almirola said. “The run before that in Stage 2, when I took off my car was really, really good. At the end, it just felt a little tight and that last run for whatever reason, different set of tires or what, I let Chandler go and when I started to just creep back to him, I didn‘t have anything to go with.

“I was too loose in and couldn‘t get throttle down on exit. Hate that to win both stages and feel like we had the dominant car and then to let it slip away there at the end, is disappointing.”

The JGR team can also take pride in its third-place finish — considering it was the 19-year old Gray‘s series debut. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series full-timer Corey Heim was fourth followed by series rookie Jesse Love.

It was also a big outing for renowned late model racer Bubba Pollard, punctuating his series debut with a sixth-place finish in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet — particularly impressive considering Pollard started 37th.

“I just got behind in qualifying there and it made for a long day,” Pollard said. “But these guys gave me a great race car, JR Motorsports.

“I needed that long green flag run just to get in a rhythm. This place is tough, it‘s technical and probably one of the toughest places I‘ve been to, and I‘ve been to a lot of places.

“I‘m happy with it. I enjoyed it and had fun and hopefully the fans enjoyed it too.”

Big Machine Racing‘s Parker Kligerman, Richard Childress Racing‘s Austin Hill, JR Motorsports Sammy Smith and reigning series champion Cole Custer rounded out the top 10, with Custer the first car one lap down. The 20-year old Parker Retzlaff, who won his first career pole position Saturday, finished 16th in the No. 31 Jordan Anderson Chevrolet and led a career high 27 laps.

With their work, Smith, Almirola, Love and Kligerman have qualified for next week‘s Dash 4 Cash event at Martinsville Speedway, and the highest finisher of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers in the race will collect an extra $100,000 bonus.

Joey Gase throws his rear bumper at the car of Dawson Cram during the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Richmond.

Tempers boiled over at Lap 173 when Joey Gase was dumped by Dawson Cram heading to Turn 1. Cram shoved Gase down the frontstretch, sending Gase’s No. 35 car spinning rear-end first hard into the SAFER barrier in Turn 1. Upon exiting the vehicle, Gase finished ripping off the fiberglass bumper cover — donning the words “Race Against Crime” — then threw the bumper directly at Cram’s windshield as the No. 4 car rolled past under caution.

Brandon Jones of JR Motorsports qualified second but suffered a mechanical failure heading into Turn 1 at Lap 43. His No. 9 Chevrolet spewed fluid on corner entry, sending the vehicle sideways and crashing into the outside wall before later catching fire. Jones escaped unharmed but with a 37th-place finish after his early exit. Ryan Sieg and Jeremy Clements also incurred damage as part of the incident.

With the win, Smith takes a 10-point driver standings lead over Hill to next Saturday‘s DUDE Wipes 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). John Hunter Nemechek is the defending race winner.

NOTE: Post-race technical inspection concluded without issue, confirming Smith as the race winner. The Nos. 16, 19 and 26 cars each had one lug nut loose, which will result in a monetary fine for each team later this week.

Contributing: Staff reports