NASCAR: Xfinity Series – Rannai 250

In another triple header weekend, NASCAR leaves Daytona behind and heads north to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia.

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First up is the Xfinity Series and the Rinnai Tankless Water Hearter 250 with Kyle Busch sitting on the pole.

Reigning Xfinity Series champion and Monster Energy Cup Series Rookie of the Year Chase Elliott joins Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcasting booth for the Xfinity race.

Under the new stage format, stages one and two of the race will be 40 laps each with the finals stage lasting 83 laps. The drivers will run 163 laps around the mile and a half track.

The starting lineup for the Rinnai 250:
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Hemric
Matt Tifft
Cole Custer
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Reed
Brennan Poole
Kevin Hrvick
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ty Dillon
Aric Almirola
Justin Allgaier
Austin Dillon
Michael Annett
Corey LaJoie
JJ Yeley
Spencer Gallagher
Elliott Sadler
Dakoda Armstrong
Ross Chastain
Blake Koch
Jordan Anderson -moved to back of field with a backup car
Jeremy Clements
Ryan Sieg
Garrett Smithley
Brandon Jones – moved to back of field for unapproved adjustments
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Brandon Brown
Clint King
Harrison Rhodes
Ray Black Jr
Joey Gase
David Starr

Chris Cockrum
Stephen Leicht

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag and start of the race. Brad Keselowski is in second.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap two when Ty Dillon cuts a tire and spins out throwing smoke all across the track. Dillon makes contact with Blake Koch causing a wreck, Justin Allgaier is also inoled in the wreck. The drivers are now on the crash clock but Koch has too much damage to his vehicle to continue in the race.

William Byron is reporting some radio issues – he can hear the team but they cannot hear him. The team reverts to the “old school” ways of hand signals to indicate car handling.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven and holds on to the lead with Brad Keselowski in second.

On lap eight Brad Keselwoski takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 14 Keselowski still holds on to the lead of the race with Jordan Anderson and Blake Koch out of the race.

Halfway through the first stage, Keselowski has a lead by nearly a second. As one of the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers, Keselowski cannot earn any championship points or a playoff point in the Xfinity Series.

Ten laps remain in stage one and Brad Keselowski has a lead of nearly a second.

Lap 33 Keselowski’s lead is over a second.

The winner of stage one is Brad Keselowksi. Over half of the drivers in the top 10 at the end of stage one are Monster Energy drivers.

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The top 10 drivers at the end of stage one:
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
William Byron
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
Elliott Sadler

Daniel Hemric is the top finishing Xfinity Series driver and earns an extra six championship points.


Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 48 and holds on to the lead of the race.

On lap 13 of stage two there are 24 cars on the lead lap with three cars out of the race – Blake Koch, Jordan Anderson, and Stephen Leicht.

Austin Dillon is reporting issues with his car. Dillon is one of the drivers who is doing the triple this weekend and running all three races.

The top three drivers – Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick – are separated by less than half a second.

Kevin Hrvick challenges Brad Keselowksi for the lead of the race and after swapping the lead back and forth a few times, Kevin Harvick finally takes over the lead of the race.

With 16 laps remaining in stage two, Harvick has a lead of nearly a second.

With 13 laps remaining in stage two, Harvick has increased his lead to over a second and a half.

With 10 laps remaining in the second stage, Harvick’s lead is now over two seconds.

On the next lap, his lead has increased to nearly two and a half seconds.

With eight laps remaining in the stage, Harvick’s lead is now over three seconds.

With five laps remaining in the stage, Harvick now has a lead of over three and a half seconds. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

With four laps to go, Harvick’s lead is over four seconds.

Three laps to go and Harvick’s lead is over four and a half seconds with 20 cars on the lead lap.

With two laps remaining in the stage Harvick is “driving it like he stole it” and has a lead of over five seconds.

The caution flag that signals the end of stage two has Kevin Harvick winning the segment and erases a lead of over five seconds over the field.

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The top 10 after stage two:
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Elliott Sadler
Cole Custer
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon

William Byron is the top Xfinity driver in the top 10 and will earn five championship points.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 89 and holds on to the lead of the race.

With 100 laps completed, Kevin Harvick is out in front of the field by over a second. There are 18 cars on the lead lap with three cars out of the race.

With 59 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has to make an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue.

With 50 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has again run way out in front of the field by nearly four seconds. There are 17 cars on the lead lap with four cars out of the race.

Denny Hamlin brings out the fourth caution flag of the race with 46 laps remaining in the race with another tire issue. Ty Dillon is the “lucky dog”.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart with 40 laps remaining in the race.

With 39 laps to go, Kyle Larson gets around Harvick to take over the lead of the race.

With 35 laps to go in the race, Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second over second place driver Kyle Busch.

With 30 laps to go, Kyle Larson’s lead is over a second.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out with 21 laps remaining in the race when Clint King has a tire issue.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

It’s a Kyle front row with Kyle Busch bringing the field to the green flag with 16 laps remaining in the race. Busch gets out in front for the lead.

With eleven laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second.

Five to go and Kyle Busch is still in the lead.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag and wins the Rannai 250. In fifth place, Elliott Sadler is the top Xfinity point getter.

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The unofficial results of the Rannai 250:
Kyle Busch
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Larson
Kevin Harvick
Elliott Sadler
Darrell Wallace Jr
William Byron
Austin Dillon
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Brennan Poole
Matt Tifft
Brendan Gaughan
Brandon Jones
Michael Annett
Corey LaJoie
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed
Aric Almirola
Denny Hamlin
Dakoda Armstrong
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Brown
Harrison Rhodes
Ross Chastain

Jeff Green
Garrett Smithley
Spencer Gallagher
Ray Black Jr
Justin Allagier
Joey Gase
David Starr
Timmy Hill
Chris Cockrum
Clint King
JJ Yeley
Jeremy Clements
Stephen Leicht
Jordan Anderson
Blake Koch

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