NASCAR: Xfinity Series – DC Solar 200

Race two of the west coast swing lands in Phoenix with the Xfinity Series running the DC Solar 200. Phoenix International Raceway is a one mile track but drives like a short track. The drivers will make 200 trips around the track for today’s race.
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Stages one and two will be 60 laps with stage three being 80 laps long.

This week the drivers will be facing a hot time with air temperatures in the mid to upper 90’s and on track and in car temperatures well into the hundreds.

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick is the guest broadcaster joining Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth.

This week also marks the first of the “Dash-4-Cash” races where drivers will be vying to earn an extra $100,000 at the end of the four “Dash-4-Cash” races. With the new NASCAR rules regarding race entry, no Monster Energy Cup Series driver with more than five years experience will not be able to run in any of the “Dash-4-Cash” races. However, the Monster Energy drivers are not eligible to win the “Dash-4-Cash” money.

The top two Xfinity regulars in each of the first two stages will compete for the $100,000 in stage three.

Xfinity Series rookie William Byron won the pole in qualifying on Friday and will bring the field down to the green flag.

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The starting lineup for the DC Solar 200:
William Byron
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
Blake Koch
Justin Allgaier
Elliott Sadler
Darrell Wallace Jr
Matt Tifft
Cole Custer
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Reed
Michael Annett
Ty Dillon
Drew Herring
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Sieg
Brennan Poole
JJ Yeley
Jeremy Clements
Harrison Rhodes
Ray Black Jr
Spencer Gallagher- moved to the back of the field
Garrett Smithley – moved to the back of the field
Matt Mills – moved to the back of the field
Joey Gase
Jordan Anderson
David Starr
Mario Gosselin
Morgan Shepherd
Mike Harmon
Carl Long – moved to the back of the field
Timmy Hill
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Daniel Hemric
Dakoda Armstrong
Brandon Jones
Ross Chastain
BJ McLeod – moved to the back of the field
Stephen Leicht

William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but loses the lead to fellow rookie Erik Jones going in to turn one.

Four laps into the race and Erik Jones has a loead of over a second on second place driver Justin Allgaier. Stephen Leicht is already a lap down.

Daniel Suarez hit the wall but the track stayed green.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap when Daniel Suarez cut a tire and hits the wall on lap 14.

Erik Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 19 and pulls out in front. The drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Justin Allgaier challenges Erik Jones for the lead as the drivers pass back and forth with Justin Allgaier finally taking the lead on lap 22.

Daniel Suarez is out of the race. Carl Long and Jordan Anderson are off the track.

On lap 28 Erik Jones retakes the lead of the race.

Carl Long and Jordan Anderson are out of the race.

With only seven laps remaining in stage one, Erik Jones has a lead of over three seconds.

When the caution flag comes out at the end of stage one, Erik Jones has a lead of over four seconds erased. Erik Jones wins stage one and the extra; points.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Erik Jones
Austin Dillon
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Elliott Sadler
Justin Allgaier
Darrell Wallace Jr
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Hemric
Blake Koch

William Byon and Elliott Sadler are the top two “Dash-4-Cash” eligible drivers.

Once pit road opens the drivers bring their cars down for service.

Austin Dillon leads the race off of pit road.

Ty Dillon was caught speedin on pit road.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 70 and holds on to the lead.

After not being able to qualify due to inspections issues, Ryan Blaney has worked his way into the top five less than two seconds behind leader Austin Dillon.

On lap 77 Austin Dillion holds on to the lead by a little over a tenth of a second. Over second place driver Justin Allgaier. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 81 Justin Allgaier passes Austin Dillon to take over the lad of the race.

The third caution flag of the race comes out on lap 84 when Brendan Gaughan makes contact with Matt Tifft and spins out.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 91 and holds on to the lead as the cars get spread out behind him.

William Byron hit the wall but the track stays green.

Lap 100 Justin Allgaier is still leading the field, there are 24 cars on the lead lap and five cars out of the race.

With 10 laps left in stage two. Ryan Blaney passes Justin Allgaier for the lead after starting the race in 33rd place.

With six laps to go in the stage, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Justin Allgaier.

Ryan Blaney wins stage two with a lead of nearly a second and a half over Justin Allgaier

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he top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney
Justin Allgaier
Austin Dillon
Elliot Sadler
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Darrell Wallace Jr
Brennan Poole
Willian Byron
Blake Koch

Justin Allgaier and Tyler Reddick are the “Dash-4-Cash” eligible drivers joining Elliott Sadler and William Byron to win the $100,000 prize.

Austin Dillon wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Dillon brings the field donw for the gren flag restart on lap 129.

Justin Allgaier challenges leader Austin Dillon but the fifth caution flag comes out when Mario Gosselin and David Starr get into a crash.

Austin Dillon brngs the field down for the green flag restart with 63 laps to go in the race. Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon swap for the lead for a few laps with Allgaier finally takeing over the lead spot.

With 58 laps to go, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second over Ryan Blaney.

Fifty to go and Justin Allgaier is leading the field.

The sixth caution flag comes out when Joey Gase hit the wall and his right front tire catches fire.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Taking two tires, Austin Dillon leads the race off of pit road.

After staying out Matt Tifft brings the field down for the green flag restart with 38 laps remaining in the race. The drivers quickly get spread out three wide.

Erik Jones takes over the lead of the race followed by Justin Allgaier

With 36 laps to go Justin Allgaier takes over the lead of th race.

Drew Herring brings out the seventh caution flag of the day when he spins out with 34 laps remaining in the race.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with 28 laps to go but gets passed by Erik Jones for the lead on turn one.

With 26 laps to go Justin Allgaier retakes the lead of the race but he and Erik Jones end up swapping the lead for a few laps with Erik Jones taking over the lead of the race.

Eighteen to go and Justin Allgaier has retaken the lead of the race and pulls away form Erik Jones.

The eighth caution flag of the race comes out with 16 laps to go when Blake Kock spins out. And has flames coming out from under his car.

Justin Allgaier leads the field down for the green flag restart with 12 laps to go in the race.

Erik Jones challenges Allgaier as Austin Dillon brings out the ninth caution flag of the race when he spins out and hits Ryan Sieg. Cole Cuser was also involved.

NASCAR has invited Austin Dillon and his crew chief to the NASCAR hauler after the race.

NASCAR has brought out the red flag sotpping the race with nine laps remaining in the race.

After a five minute red flag, NASCAR displays the caution flag and the drivers are again moving around the track. Justin Allagaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with only four laps remaining in the race and edges out Erik Jones for the lead.

Justin Allgaier takes the white flag.

Justin Allgaier wins the DC Solar 200 and the $100,000 “Das-4-Cash”! Allgaier’s car is owned by Junior Motorsports – Dale Earnhardt Jr. It was Allgaier’s first win in 80 races.

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The unofficial results of the DC Solar 200:
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
William Byron
Elliott Sadler
Darrell Wallace Jr
Daniel Hemric
Brennan Poole
Michael Annett
Ty Dillon
Ryan Reed
Matt Tifft
Blake Koch
Tyler Reddick
Brandon Jones
JJ Yeley
Dakoda Armstrong
Spencer Gallagher
Jeremey Clements
Drew Herring
Cole Custer
Ross Chastain
Harrison Rhodes
Garrett Smithley
BJ McLeod
Timmy Hill
Brendan Gaughan
Mario Gosselin
Ray Black Jr
Matt Mills
Mike Harmon
David Starr
Austin Dillon
Ryan Sieg
Joey Gase
Morgan Shepherd
Stephen Leicht
Carl Long
Daniel Suarez
Jordan Anderson

photos courtesy of:
By Brian Cantoni – Flickr.com – image description page, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=341437

By Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41293844

By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51212848

By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42901129

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