Justin Allgaier wins EchoPark 250 amid Gragson, Hemric struggle – The Checkered Flag

NASCAR Cup Sequence star Martin Truex Jr. dominated in his first Xfinity Sequence race in over a decade, however a late rushing penalty resulted in Xfinity common Justin Allgaier successful his first race of the season. Nonetheless, this was nowhere close to the largest story after Saturday’s EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On pit street, each drivers’ team-mates Daniel Hemric and Noah Gragson acquired collectively, each of their automobiles and bodily after the race.

Factors chief Austin Cindric began on the pole for the race. A.J. Allmendinger failed pre-race inspection thrice and was despatched to the rear, as had been MBM Motorsports team-mates Chad Finchum and David Starr after switching automobiles. Truex started his first Xfinity occasion since 2010 in eighteenth.

Cindric led the primary six laps earlier than Truex sliced by means of the sector to take the lead. The 2-time Xfinity champion dominated the remainder of the phase en path to the stage win, whereas cautions got here out on laps 22 (competitors yellow), 37 (Dexter Bean‘s spin), and the ultimate lap. Bean’s spin arrange a one-lap sprint to the stage conclusion, throughout which Brandon Jones was clipped by Brett Moffitt on the backstretch. Jones spun up and wedged Moffitt into the wall, with Gragson additionally being despatched right into a spin whereas Timmy Hill brushed the wall.

Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Harrison Burton, Allgaier, Justin Haley, Michael Annett, Cindric, Jeremy Clements, Josh Berry (who ran the Tenting World Truck Sequence race earlier within the day), Hemric, and Colby Howard rounded out the highest ten. Being a Cup driver, Truex was the lone top-ten finisher to not obtain stage factors.

The second stage ran clear as Truex dominated the phase. Allgaier, Haley, Burton, Riley Herbst, Myatt Snider, Jeb Burton, Clements, and Brandon Brown additionally scored top-ten stage finishes.

Though Truex appeared poised to drive off to his fourteenth profession Xfinity win, his prospects went out the window on lap 114 when Mason Massey‘s spin resulted in a warning, throughout which Truex was hit with a rushing penalty on pit street. The infraction gave Allgaier the lead because the race resumed. A wreck involving Burton and Clements on lap 119 resulted in one other yellow, as did Berry and Ryan Sieg on lap 133. The latter warning allowed Howard to guide laps below yellow earlier than Allgaier retook the spot for the restart.

Allgaier led the ultimate 27 laps to win his first race of the season, the fifteenth of his profession, and first at Atlanta. Truex was in a position to rebound from his penalty to complete second.

“We acquired again up there, however was form of out of tyres at that time,” Truex stated after the race. “We acquired shut, however the final ten laps, the best rear was actually smoked off. I simply had to make use of an excessive amount of to get there[.]”

Nonetheless, the primary headline of the race got here when Truex’s JGR team-mate Hemric confronted Allgaier’s JR Motorsports brethren Gragson after the race, leading to fisticuffs being thrown. The 2 had tangled on pit street earlier within the race when Gragson reversed into Hemric’s automobile. Hemric defined afterward that Gragson “crammed it into reverse and backed up. Punched a gap within the nostril of our automobile.”

“(Gragson) had no concept what was happening out on the race monitor,” Hemric stated. “We come down pit street and the man pitted behind us once you speed up after I was pulling into my field and it made me should steer across the man going to the #9’s field. I backed up and sure, it tousled each of our pit stops. I backed up and he determined to place it in reverse and cram into the right-front fender and knock a gap in our Poppy Financial institution Toyota Supra nostril. We needed to pit once more and repair it. That was utterly deliberate and it was completely ridiculous. The place I come from, you get your eye dotted once you do stuff like that. […]

“Like I stated, there’s a gap within the entrance of my automobile and he acquired popped within the eye, so from the place I stand we’re in fairly fine condition.”

“18 was in our pit field after I was turning into our pit stall,” Gragson tweeted. “He backed up into his. I used to be out of place within the field and needed to again as much as get into my field. Unintentional backing into him. In the event that they’d present the total replay, you’d see I didn’t simply again into him for no motive.”

He later tweeted a video of the pit street incident.

The 22-year-old has drawn appreciable consideration because the begin of the season after tangling with numerous different drivers, successfully turning him right into a heel. After a wreck with Starr whereas main at Homestead, sparking a media storm that led to condemnation of his actions from these like Fox announcer Mike Pleasure, Gragson brazenly embraced his fame by tweeting, “For those who’re speaking about me, I’m doing my job.”

Race outcomes

End Begin Quantity Driver Workforce Producer Laps Standing
1 6 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
2 18 54 Martin Truex Jr.* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163 Operating
3 5 20 Harrison Burton Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163 Operating
4 30 9 Noah Gragson JR Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
5 3 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 163 Operating
6 7 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 163 Operating
7 27 1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
8 13 11 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 163 Operating
9 11 18 Daniel Hemric Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163 Operating
10 35 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 163 Operating
11 9 2 Myatt Snider Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 163 Operating
12 10 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 163 Operating
13 1 22 Austin Cindric Workforce Penske Ford 163 Operating
14 20 4 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
15 12 26 Santino Ferrucci Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 163 Operating
16 19 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 163 Operating
17 36 36 Alex Labbé DGM Racing Chevrolet 163 Operating
18 15 44 Tommy Joe Martins Martins Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
19 26 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
20 17 66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 163 Operating
21 23 15 Colby Howard JD Motorsports Chevrolet 163 Operating
22 37 78 Jesse Little B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 162 Operating
23 28 17 Cody Ware SS-Inexperienced Mild Racing Chevrolet 162 Operating
24 14 74 Bayley Currey Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 162 Operating
25 2 10 Jeb Burton Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 162 Operating
26 21 48 Jade Buford Large Machine Racing Chevrolet 161 Operating
27 38 61 David Starr MBM Motorsports Toyota 161 Operating
28 31 47 Kyle Weatherman Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 161 Operating
29 24 07 Joe Graf Jr. SS-Inexperienced Mild Racing Chevrolet 161 Operating
30 25 23 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 160 Operating
31 34 6 Ryan Vargas JD Motorsports Chevrolet 160 Operating
32 32 99 Mason Massey B.J. McLeod Motorsports Toyota 160 Operating
33 4 68 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 160 Operating
34 39 5 Matt Mills B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 156 Operating
35 29 90 Dexter Bean DGM Racing Chevrolet 156 Operating
36 33 52 Grey Gaulding Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 150 Operating
37 16 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 132 Operating
38 22 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 130 Accident
39 40 13 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Chevrolet 59 Brakes
40 8 02 Brett Moffitt* Our Motorsports Chevrolet 39 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the 12 months
* – Ineligible for Xfinity factors

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