Xfintiy Series: Bristol Motor Speedway

After a short break the Xfinithy Series returns for some short track racing at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

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Bristol is one of the four Dash-4-Cash races. As a result, no Monster Energy Cup Series driver with five or more years in the series is eligible to run in the race.

After a rain shortened practice session on Friday and a slippery qualifying session, the 40 drivers will take to the track for 300 laps around the half mile track.

Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 130 laps.

The top two drivers at the end of each of the first two stages will be the qualifiers for the Dash-4-Cash and the $100,000 prize. Stage three will determine which of the four drivers wins the prize. Only Justin Allgaier with Junior Motorsports is eligible to win the million dollar prize if he can will all for of the Dash-4-Cash races.

Kyle Larson set a new track record at 14.999 seconds. The previous record was 15.0002 seconds.

After setting a new track record, Kyle Larson takesth epole position for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

The starting lineup for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300:
Kyle Larson
Austin Dillon
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Justin Allgaier
Ty Dillon Matt Tifft
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Ross Chastain
Brendan Gaughan
Brennan Poole
Darerell Wallace Jr – moved to the back of the field due to an inspection infraction
Jeremy Clements
Blake Koch
Elliott Sadler
Brandon Jones
William Byron
Ryan Sieg
Quin Houff
Jeb Burton
Spencer Gallagher
Ryan Reed – moved to the back of the field due to an inspection infraction
Ray Black Jr
BJ McLeod
David Starr
Michael Annett
Harrison Rhodes
JJ Yeley
Dakoda Armstrong – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Mario Gosselin
Jordan Anderson
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
Carl Long
Jeff Green
Joey Gase – moved to the back of the field for a tire change
Morgan Shepherd
Mike Harmon

Monster Energy Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick joins Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of the race but Austin Dillon drops down and takes over the lead of the race.

On lap three Kyle Larson passes Austin Dillon for the lead of the race.

Ten laps in Kyle Larson has a lead of just under half a second on second place driver Erik Jones. Mike Harmon is the first driver to go one lap down. With the track only half a mile around, it won’t be long before the lead begins passing cars.

Lap 18 Kyle Larson still has the lead of the race; there are 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 20 Erik Jones passes Kyle Larson for the lead of the race.

Twenty-one laps in and there are already 12 cars one lap down.

Lap 34 Kyle Larson is back in the lead of the race with 25 crs on the lead lap.

Lap 39 Kyle Larson has a second and a half lead over Erik Jones. After starting at the back of the field, Bubba Wallace has moved up to 18th.

Lap 44 there are 19 cars on the lead lap as leader Kyle Larson continues to pass cars.

Sixty laps into stage one and Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly two seconds on Erik Jones; there are only 12 cars on the lead lap with Jordan Anderson the only driver out of the race.

Lap 75 Kyle Larson is over three seconds ahead of second place driver Ryan Blaney with only eight cars on the lead lap.

The first caution flag of the race comes out with only six laps remaining in stage one when Ryan Reed loses a tire – the tire is seen rolling donw the track. Daniel Hemric is the “lucky dog”.

Kyle Larson wins stage one under the caution flag.

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The top 10 after stage one:
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Erik Jones
Ty Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Cole Custer
Austin Dillon
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Elliott Sadler

Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier are the first two drivers that will race for the Dash-4-Cash.

Once pit road opens all of the drivers come down for service.

Kyle Larson wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 96..

Lap 100 and Kyle Larson has already pulled out to a one second lead on the second place driver Daniel Suarez.

Lap 110 second place driver Daniel Suarez has cut leader Kyle Larson’s lead to less than half a second.

Ryan Reed is out of the race after his crash.

The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 120 when Ray Black Jr scrapes the wall.

Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart with 41 laps remaining in stage two. Larson continues to lead the race.

Thirty laps to go in stage two and Daniel Suarez challenges Kyle Larson for the lead of the race. But Larson holds on to the lead.

Halfway through the race and Kyle Larson holds on to a lead of just under half a second on Daniel Suarez with 14 cars on the lead lap. The oldest driver in NASCAR Morgan Shepherd is out of the race.

With eleven laps remaining in the stage the third caution flag of the race comes out for rain. NASCAR brings the cars down pit road and puts out the red flag. The race is not deemed official until the end of stage two.

After over an hour of rain delay, NASCAR has called the drivers to their cars and engines have been fired. Once the drivers return to the track, they will make one lap and NASCAR will open pit road with only seven laps remaining in stage two.

And just as the drivers are about the return to the track, more rain comes and the track is wet again. NASCAR tells the the drivers to stay in their cars and track drying resumes.

After another 30 minute delay the drivers are back on the track under the caution flag.

Once pit road opens, some of the drivers come down for service; while other stay out on the track.

Daniel Hemric and Brendan Gaughan qualify for the Dash-4-Cash at the end of stage two. They will join Justin Allgaier and Cole Custer in the race for the prize. The winner does not have to win the race, just be the highest ranking driver of the four.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart with only two laps remaining in the stage.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two.

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Blaney
Brendan Gaughan
Daniel Suarez
Blake Kock
Kyle Larson
Astin Dillon
Brandon Jones
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler

The drivers who did not pit during the last caution come down pit road for fresh tires and fuel.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 178 and takes over the lead of the race.

With 111 laps remaining in the race, Daniel Suarez takes over the lead of the race from Ryan Blaney.

A 100 laps remain with Daniel Suarez out in front of the field, with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Kyle Larson passes Daniel Suarez to retake the lead of the race with 96 laps remaining in the race.

Ninety to go and Kyle Larson has a lead of nearly a second over second place driver Ryan Blaney.

The fifth caution flag comes out with 79 laps remaining in the race when Ray Black Jr spins out and gets tagged by David Starr stewing debris and fluid across the track.

Pit road finally opens with 70 laps remaining in the race and the drivers come down pit road for service. Ryan Blaney wins the race off of pit road.

For the second time on pit road, Kyle Larson had a few issues on pit road. Erik Jones was caught speeding on pit road.

After staying out, Brandon JOnes brings the field down for the green flag restart with 66 laps remaining in the race.

Ryan Blaney takes over the lead of the race and pulls out to a lead of over half a second.

Fifty-nine laps to go and Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly two seconds on second place driver Daniel Suarez.

The sixth caution flag come out on lap 245 to go when Brendan Gaughan hits the inside wall head on.

The green flag waves on lap 260 but the caution flag waves the following lap when Kyle Larson cuts a tire after making contact with Brandon Jones. Cole Custer, Darrell Wallace Jr, and Garret Smithley were also involved.

All too often race broadcasters have noted that cautions breed cautions and that was certainly the case for the last portion of the Xfinity Series race at Bristol.

The green flag again waves on lap 267 only to be withdrawn for the caution flag on lap 271 after an accident on the backstretch involving Ross Chastain.

When the green flag few on lap 278 Ryan Blaney was in the lead but was passed by Erik Jones for the lead.

The caution flag flew once again on lap 291 for a wreck involing William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Brennan Poole, and Austin Dillon.

The green flag waves with just two laps remaining in the race with Erik Jones holding on to the lead of the race after having to come from behind after a pit road speeding penalty.

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As the last man standing of the four contenders, Daniel Hemric won the $100,000 Dash-4-Cash.

After the race Ross Chastain and Jeremy Clemments along with their crew chiefs were called the the NASCAR hauler for a discussion after an on track incident.

The results of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300:
Erik Jones
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Elliott Sadler
Daniel Hemric
Ty Dillon
Kyle Larson
Brennan Poole
Blake Koch
Michael Annett
JJ Yeley
William Byron
Ausin Dillon
Justin Allagier
Quin Houff
Matt Tifft
Jeremy Clements
Spencer Gallagher
Dakoda Armstrong
Brandon Jones
Ryab Sieg
Josh Williams
Harrison Rhodes
Timmy Hill
Jeff Green
Jeb Burton
Carl Long
Joey Gase
BJ McLeod
Mike Harmon
Ross Chastain
Cole Custer
Darrell Wallace Jr
Garrett Smithley
Brendan Gaughan
David Starr
Ray Black Jr
Ryan Reed
Morgan Shepherd
Jordan Anderson

photos courtesy of:
By Donnie – originally posted to Flickr as DSC_1008, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11235799

By Sarah Stierch – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41404838

By NSCRDVA – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38880634

By Royalbroil – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50278942


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