Xfinity Cars Race at Richmond

It’s the second short track race in a row for the Xfinity Series drivers and it’s the third of four Dash-4-Cash races. After Daniel Hemric won the prize last week in Bristol, there will be no million dollar winner this year.

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The drivers will make 250 laps around the three quarter mile track at Richmond International Raceway for the ToyotaCare 250.

After 42 drivers qualified, Tommy Joe Martins and Morgan Shepherd did not qualify.

After qualifying under cloudy skies earlier on Saturday, rookie driver Daniel Hemric is the polesitter and will lead the field to the green flag. Making his Xfinity Series debut, Kyle Benjamin will start along side Hemric on the front row.

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Monster Energy Cup Series driver Joey Logano joins Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the broadcast booth.

The starting lineup for the ToyotaCare 250:
Daniel Hemrick
Kyle Benjamin
Daniel Suarez
Austin Dillon
Brennan Poole
Justin Allgaier
Kyle Larson
Ty Dillon
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Elliott Sadler
Michael Annett
Matt Tifft
Blake Koch
Brendan Gaughan – known as Tim Ricmond this weekend.
Cole Custer
Ryan Reed
Dakoda Armstrong
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ryan Sieg
Casey Mears
David Starr
Ross Chastain
Brandon Jones
Jeff Green Brandon Brown
Quin Houff
Dylan Lupton
Harrison Rhodes
Joey Gase – moved to the back of the field
B.J. McLeod
Jeremy Clements
Spencer Gallagher
Ray Black Jr
J.J. Yeley – moved to the back of the field
Matt Mills
Mike Harmon
Garrett Smithely – moved to the back of the field
Carl Long
Timmy Hill – moved to the back of the field

Stages one and two are 75 laps long with stage three lasting 100 laps.

On a hot spring afternoon – temps are around 90 degrees – Daniel Hemric brings the field down to start the race and pulls out in front of the field as the drivers get three wide behind him.

The two Xfinity Series regular drivers who place the highest at the end of stages one and two will quality for the Dash-4-Cash – two from each stage. The driver who finishes the highest will win the $100,000 prize.

On lap six Daniel Hemric has a half second lead on second place driver Daniel Suarez.

On lap 4 Hemric has incrased his lead to nearly a second on second place driver Justin Allgaier.

Lap 24 Justin Allgaier is challengin Daniel Hemric for the lead of the race.

On lap 27 Daniel Hemric and Justin Allgaier are side by side with Allgaier edging out Hemric. There are 36 cars on the lead lap with Jeff Green out of the race.

Lap 31 Justin Allgaier has a lead of half a second over second place driver Austin Dillon.

Ross Chastain makes an unscheduled pit stop on lap 33.

Lap 35 Austin Dillon has closed the gap on leader Justin Allgaier to a quarter of a second.

Austin Dillon passes Justin Allgaier to take over to lead of the race.

Lap 45 Austin Dillon has a lead of nearly two seconds on second place driver Justin Allgaier with 27 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 48 Austin Dillon has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Justin Allgaier with 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 52 Austin Dillon has pulled out to a lead of over three seconds on Justin Allgaier with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 55 Austin Dillon has pulled out to a lead of over four seconds as he continues to lap cars. There are only 20 cars on the lead lap.

With 18 laps remaining in the stage, Austin Dillon has pulled away from the field with a near six second lead with only 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 65 Dillon’s lead is over six and a half second lead.

When the caution flag comes out at the end of stage one Austin Dillon has amassed a lead of over seven seconds over the field.

Austin Dillon wins stage one. As a Monster Energy Cup Series regular driver, he will not earn any bonus points.

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The top 10 drivers at the end of stage one:
Austin Dillon
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Ty Dillon
Kyle Benjamin
Kyle Larson
Daniel Suarez
Elliott Sadler
Ryan Blaney
William Byron

Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric qualify for the Dash-4-Cash. Both drivers have already won a Dash-4-Cash race.

Austin Dillon leads the race off of pit road.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two but gets passed by Justin Allgaier for the lead of the race.

After 16 laps of stage two Justin Allgaier has a half second lead over second place driver Austin Dillon.

Lap 100 Justin Allhaier has a near one second lead on Austin Dillon.

Lap 111 Austin Dillon has begun to eat into Justin Allgaier’s lead; it is now down to half a second.

Dakoda Armstrong brings out the second caution flag of the race on lap 115 after getting loose and going through the curve slideways. Casey Mears gets the “lucky dog’.

No one took advantage of pit road being open.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 125 and puls out in front of the field but is getting a challenge from Kyle Larson. Kyle Larson passes Justin Allgaier for the lead as they enter lap 126.

Justin Allgaier retakes the lead on lap 127.

Lap 130 Justin Allgaier has pulled out a lead of over a second on Austin Dillon.

Lap 135 Justin Allgaier has a second and a half lead over Austin Dillon.

With just 10 laps remaining in stage two, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly two seconds on Austin Dillon.

Five to go in stage two and Justin Allgaier has a two second lead on Austin Dillon.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two and the bonus points.

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The top 10 after stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Austin Dillon
Ty Dillon
Kyle Larson
Daniel Hemric
Kyle Benjamin
Ryan Blaney
Daniel Suarez
Elliott Sadler
Brennan Poole

In his first Xfinity race ever Kyle Benjamin is in the running for the Dash-4-Cash. Elliott Sadler will fill out the field.

Austin Dillon wins the race off of pit road.

Austin Dillon brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 164 and edges out Justin Allgaier for the initial lead but before the lap is over Justin Allgaier retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 168 Justin Allgaier has a lead of a second on Kyle Larson.

On lap 170 that lead has increased to over a second and a half.

Lap 175 Justin Allgaier’s lead is over two seconds on Kyle Larson.

After a cation flag Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart with 64 laps remaining in the race and pulls out in front of the field.

With 60 laps to go Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a one second lead on second place driver Ty Dillon.

With 56 laps remaining in the race, Justin Allgaier has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half.

On lap 200 Justin Allgaier has a lead of over a second and a half on Ty Dillon.

After coming down pit road for his last set of tires during the caution, Elliott Sadler restarted the race in 19th place and has worked his way to the fifth spot.

With 40 to go, Justin Allgaier has a lead of over two seconds.

Wthe 35 laps to go Justin Allgaier’s lead down to two seconds with Elliott Sadler in third. There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

With 22 laps to go Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to a second and a half with Elliott Sadler in second place.

Fifteen to go and Justin Allgaier’s lead is down to a second on team mate Elliott Sadler.

B.J. McLeod brings out the fifth caution flag with a smoking car.

Ty Dillon wins the race off of pit road.

Blake Koch was penalized for an uncontrolled tire. Kyle Benjamin had issues on pit road.

In a five lap shootout Ty Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart and pulls out in front but before the lap is complete the caution flag comes out for a big crash Harrison Rhodes, Dylan Lupton, Daniel Suarez, Brennan Poole, William Byron, and Kyle Benjamin are all involved.

The red flag has been displayed with only four laps remaining in the race.

After the caution flag was displayed, NASCAR has deemed that Ty Dillon jumped the restart and will have to start at the back of the field. Kyle Larson is now listed as the leader with Justin Allgaier starting along side.

This will be an overtime start.

From the inside lane Kyle Larson brings the field down for the green flag restart and edges out Justin Allgaier for the lead but a crash on the backstretch by Ryan Reed brings out a caution flag.

Kyle Larson is the winner of the race with Justin Allgier winning his second Dash-4-Cash in second place.

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The unofficial results of the ToyotaCare 250:
Kyle Larson
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Darrell Wallace Jr
Elliott Sadler
Michael Annett
Casey Mears
Spencer Gallagher
Blake Koch
Dylan Lupton
Cole Custer
Dakoda Armstrong
Jeremy Clements
Ty Dillon
Ray Black Jr
David Starr
Daniel Suarez
Matt Tifft
Joey Gase
Brennan Poole
Ryan Reed
Harrison Rhodes
Brandon Brown
Ryan Sieg
Quin Houff
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
William Byron
Matt Mills
Kyle Benjamin
Brandon Jones
Carl Long
Brendan Gaughan
B.J. McLeod
Mike Harmon
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
Jeff Green

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By Kev – Flickr: The Raceway, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15197301

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By I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20022266

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