Xfinity Race in Talladega

It’s time for some super speedway racing when the Xfinity Series races at Talladega with the Sparks Energy 300.

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Talladega is the larges track in the NASCAR circuit at 2.66 miles around. The drivers will make 113 laps around the track for 300 miles.

Stages one and two will be only 25 laps each with stage three lasting 63 laps.

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

Blake Koch will sit on the pole and bring the field down for the green flag. It is Koch’s first career pole.

The starting lineup for the Sparks Energy 300:
Blake Koch
Kasey Kahne
Daniel Hemric
Ben Kennedy
Brandon Jones
Justin Allgaier
Ty Dillon
Joey Logano
William Byron
Erik Jones
Ryan Reed
Brennan Poole – moved to the back of the field for unapproved adjustments
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Dakoda Armstrong
Tyler Reddick
Brendan Gaughan
Daniel Suarez
Matt Tifft
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Annett
Darrell Wallace Jr
Aric Almirola
Scott Lagasse Jr
Ross Chastain
Mark Thompson
Chris Cockrum
Mike Harmon
Garrett Smithley
Ryan Sieg
J.J. Yeley
David Starr
Morgan Shepherd
Ray Black Jr
Joey Gase
Martin Roy
Timmy Hill
Harrison Rhodes
Jeremy Clements
Jeff Green

Blake Koch brings the field to the green flag to start the race and is nose to nose with Kasey Kahne as the cars spread out three and four behind them.

Kasey Kahne takes the lead of the race.

Lap three Kasey Kahne is in the lead with the drivers three wide behind him.

Lap four Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier challenge Kasey Kahne for the lead and briefly pass Kahne but Kasey Kahne holds on to the lead.

On lap five Ben Kennedy challenges Kasey Kahen for the lead with the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth with Ben Kennedy taking the lead on lap six. It is Kennedy’s second career Xfinity start.

The first caution flag comes out on lap eight when Ray Black Jr has trouble on the track.

Ben Kennedy brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eleven but gets passed by Blake Koch only to be passed by Kasey Kahne who retakes the lead.

Daniel Suarez and Kasey Kahne battle for the lead on lap 13 with both drivers swapping back and forth with Daniel Suarez taking over the lead of the race.

On lap 14 Kasey Kahne retakes the lead of the race.

Lap 15 Daniel Suarez passes Kasey Kahne for the lead only to be challenge by Joey Logano as the two swap the lead back and forth for a few laps with Joey Logano taking the lead.

Aric Almirola and Joey Logano swap the lead back and forth with Almirola taking over the lead.

The second caution flag comes out on lap 20 – “the big one” – involving a number of cars and debris flying everywhere. Scott Lagasse, Brennan Poole, Tyler Reddick, Daniel Suarez, Daniel Hemric, Darrell Wallace Jr, William Byron, Spencer Gallagher, and Brandon Jones were all involved. Darrell Wallace Jr is the “lucky dog”.

NASCAR has thrown the red flag to get the track cleaned up. Once the red flag has been withdrawn and the yellow displayed, the drivers involved in the race will have five minutes to get their cars repaired and able to make minimum speed or they are out of the race.

After crash damage, Daniel Hemric is out of the race.

After a six minute red flag, NASCAR has displayed the caution flag.

Ben Kennedy leaves pit road with equipment and will have to serve a penalty. He is also reporting radio issues.

With only two laps remaining in stage one Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green restart and takes the lead of the race.

The winner of stage one, under the yellow flag, is Aric Almirola.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Justin Allgaier
Erik Jones
Blake Koch
Michael Annett
Brandan Gaughan
Kasey Kahne
JJ Yeley
Ryan Sieg

Kasey Kahne wins the race off of pit road after taking only fuel.

Michael Annett brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 33 and takes the lead of the race. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 34 Ty Dillon takes over the lead of the race after passing Michael Annett.

On lap 35 Joey Logano and Ty Dillon battle for the lead with the two drivers swapping the lead back and forth with Ty Dillon finally taking the lead.

Lap 38 Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race as Dillon and Logano continue to battle for the lead.

William Byron is out of the race.

Joey Logano has a tenth of a second lead on lap 45.

On lap 46 Justin Allgaier challenges Joey Logano for the lead of the race but Logano holds on to the lead only tose that lead to Erik Jones. Justin Allgaier passes Erik Jones for the lead as the stage winds down.

The caution flag comes out on lap 49 when Ryan Reed hits the wall and catches up some other drivers in the wreck. Daneil Suarez is the “lucky dog”.

Blake Koch, Cole Custer, Brendan Gaughan, Chris Cockrum, and Scott Lagasse were also invovled in the crash.

Justin Allgaier wins stage two.

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NASCAR has once again put out the red flag.

The top 10 after stage two:
Justin Allgaier
Ty Dillon
Kasey Kahne
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Michael Nnet
Ben Kennedy
Matt Tifft

After a red flag of over 10 minutes while the track was cleared, NASCAR has put out the caution flag and the engines have fired.

Ryan Reed is out of the race.

After taking fuel only Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.

After a loose lug nut Jeoy Logano will restart in 15th

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 58 laps remaining in the race. Lap 55 Justin Allgaier is in the lead.

Blake Koch is out of the race.

Lap 57 Justin Allgaier has a quarter of a second lead on second place driver Erik Jones.

On lap 58 Erik Joens takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 59 Aric Almirola takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 60 Kasey Kahne takes over the lead of the race.

Lap 65 Kasey Kahne holds on to the lead with team mate Justin Allgaier in second place. The top nine cars have gotten single file and are pulling away from the rest of the pack.

Lap 70 Kasey Kahne holds on to the lead as the first group of cars are still single file with 23 cars on the lead lap.

With the fuel window open, drivers are making green flag pit stops.

Erik Jones is the leader as pit stops continue.

Jeff Green takes over the lead of the race when Erik Jones pits.

Lap 80 Jeff Green continues to lead; he has not yet pitted.

Joey Logano has debris on his grille causing engine temperatures to rise.

After falling back behind Elliott Sadler, the debris dislodges from Logano’s car.

Lap 82 Jeff Green is still in the lead of the race.

Ty Dillon makes an unscheduled pit stop with a flat tire.

With 25 laps remaining in the race, Jeff Green continues to lead the race with 19 cars on the lead lap and 14 cars out of the race.

Once Jeff Green and the remaining cars that needed a pit stop came down pit road, Justin Allgaier takes over the lead of the race.

Nineteen laps remaining in the race with Justin Allgaier leading the race and 17 cars on the lead lap.

The caution flag comes out with 15 laps remaining in the race for debris on the track. Matt Tifft is the “lucky dog”.

Kasey Kahne was held for a lap for pitting outside of his pit stall.

Lap 102 Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead of the race.

Ten to go, Justin Allgaier still holds on to the lead of the race.

Lap 104 Joey Logano takes over the lead of the race.

With only seven laps remaining in the race, the drivers are getting four wide as they fight for position.

Six to go and Erik Jones takes over the lead of the race but loses it to Joey Logano after the two swap the lead a few times.

Five to Go Erik Jones retakes the lead as they drivers get three wide.

Four to go and Erik Jones holds on to the lead with Ryan Sieg in second and Aric Almirola in third.

Three to go Aric Almirola takes over the lead of the race.

Two to go and Aric Almirola is in the lead.

Aric Almirola takes the white flag.

Darrell Wallace Jr hits the wall on the final lap and Ryan Sieg runs through the grass but the track stays green.

Aric Aolmirola wins the race!

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The unofficial results of the Sparks Energy 300:
Aric Almirola
Elliott Sadler
Joey Logano
Ben Kennedy
Erik Jones
Matt Tifft
Michael Annett
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Suarez
Jeff Green
JJYeley
Ryan Sieg
Darrell Wallace Jr
Ty Dillon
Kasey Kahne
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
David Starr
Ross Chastain
Tyler Reddick
Garrett Smithley
Harrison Rhodes
Dakoda Armstrong
Brennan Poole
Mike Harmon
Cole Custer
Jeremy Clements
Mark Thompson
Ryan Reed
Brendan Gaughan
Blake Koch
Marin Roy
Chris Cockum
Scott Lagasse Jr
Morgan Shepherd
Willaim Byron
Brandon Jones
Daniel Hemric
Spencer Gallagher
Ray Black Jr

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