ToyotaCare 250: Chandler Smith breaks through for first win of the year

After losing Las Vegas in tragic fashion, Chandler Smith takes his first win of the year in a late race shootout with John Hunter Nemechek.

All told it was a fairly dominant day for Chandler Smith. After practice and qualifying were rained out, Smith started in 8th. After the competition caution, Smith jumped out front and scored the stage one win. 

Stage One Results

  1. #16
  2. #98
  3. #9
  4. #8
  5. #00
  6. #7
  7. #11
  8. #2
  9. #39
  10.  #1

Riley Herbst, Chandler Smith ran away from the field in stage 2 with Josh Berry in tow. While trying to pass the lapped #19 of Graf, Chandler got around Herbst and a few laps later Josh Berry in the #8 overtook him for the win in stage 2.

Stage Two Results

  1. #8
  2. #9
  3. #98
  4. #16
  5. #00
  6. #26
  7. #20
  8. #48
  9. #7
  10.  #2

For stage 3, the JRM duo of Jones and Berry led the field. Berry led the majority of the stage until a slew of late race cautions resulted in him being shuffled back through the field. The final restart saw Chandler Smith and Nemechek on the front row, the #16 jumped out front and scored his first Xfinity series win. 

The 2nd place Nemechek recovered from an early pit strategy goof, where he and JGR teammate Sammy Smith stayed out at the competition caution and were subsequently swallowed up by the field and both placed a lap down. Nemechek received the free pass, but Smith stayed a lap down for the remainder of the race. 

Kaz Grala in the #26 scored his highest finish of the year with a 4th place run, a great hometown run for the Sam Hunt Racing car. 

The Kaulig All-Star #10 featured former truck series driver Derek Kraus making his first career Xfinity series start. After a strong day he ended his debut race with a 10th.

All Dash4Cash drivers finished outside the top 10 for a multitude of reasons, but Justin Allgaier held on in 13th and won the $100,000 payout.

Riley Herbst had a strong showing, leading 27 laps until a late race incident with Brandon Jones sent him way back to 23rd place.

Featured Image Credits: NASCAR Xfinity on Twitter

Published by Joe Sell

Joe is a writer from Poole, UK. He is a fan of anything with four wheels and an engine and his favorite drivers are Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez. Outside of racing, he enjoy watching sports and listening to country music.

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