Historic Win for Xfinity Series in Kentucky

In a stand alone race from Sparta, Kentucky, the Xfinity Series begins their playoffs with a little night racing in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.

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Twelve drivers will be competing for the championship in this first round of the playoffs.

After three rounds of qualifying Kyle Benjamin wins the pole and will bring the field down to the green flag.

The starting line up for the VisitMyrtleBeah.com 300:
Kyle Benjamin
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer -in the payoffs
Justin Allgaier -in the payoffs
Tyler Reddick
Elliott Sadler -in the payoffs
Daniel Hemric -in the payoffs
Brennan Poole -in the payoffs
Matt Tifft -in the payoffs
Brian Scott
Ben Kennedy
William Byron -in the payoffs
Ryan Reed -in the payoffs
Bradnon Jones
Sam Hornish Jr
Brendan Gaughan -in the payoffs
Blake Koh -in the payoffs
Michael Annett -in the payoffs
Spencer Gallagher
Ryan Sieg
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
BJ Mleod
Dakoda Armstrong
Jeremy Clements
Garrett Smithley
Harrison Rhodes
David Starr
Quin Houff
Jeff Green
Korbin Forrister
Josh Williams
Timmy Hill
Joey Gase
Angela Ruch
Organ Shepherd
Carl Long
Dexter Bean
John Jackson
Mike Harmon

Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps.

Kyle Benjamin brings the field down for the green flag start of the race with Kyle Benjamin getting out in front of the field for the lead as the drivers get two and three wide acrss the track behind him.

After only three laps, Kyle Benjamin has a lead of over half a second on Cole Custer.

Lap 15 Kyle Benjamin continues to lead the race by about half a second over Cole Custer.

Lap 19 there are 19 cars on the lead lap; only Jeff Green is off the track.

Justin Allgaier’s car is smoking with a flat tire. He gets down to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop without bringing out the caution flag.

Lap 25 Kyle Benjamin continues to lead the race by over a second with 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 32 Kyle Benjamin continues to dominate the race lead with a second lead over Cole Custer with Tyler Reddick in third.

Lap 37 Kyle Benjamin has a lead of less than a second on Cole Custer with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 40 Cole Custer has caught up to leader Kyle Benjamin and on lap 42 Cole Custer passes Benjamin for the lead of the race.

Cole Custer wins stage one.

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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Benjamin
Ryan Preece
Brennan Poole
Daniel Hemric
Matt Tifft
Elliott Sadler
Brian Scott
William Byron

Taking only two tires Kyle Benjamin won the race off of pit road.

Kyle Benjamin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 52 but it is Cole Custer who jumps out in front with a three wide pass.

Brandon Jones gets loose, makes contat with Daniel Hemric and then hits Sam Hornish Jr but the track stays green as Sam Hornish Jr brings his car down pit road for repairs.

Lap 58 Cole Custer has a lead of over a second on Daniel Hemric with 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 62 Cole Custer has a lead of over a second and a half on Daniel Hemric.

Lap 67 Cole Custer has pulled out to a lead of just under two seconds over Daniel Hemric.

The caution flag comes out on lap 74 when Angela Ruch spins out. Justin Allgaier is the “lucky dog” and is once again on the lead lap.

Cole Custer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 29 and holds on to the lead.

Lap 80 the drivers are getting four wide with Cole Custer over a second ahead of Tyler Reddick.

Lap 83 Cole Custer’s lead is now down to just over half a second.

Lap 86 Cole Custer has a half second lead on Tyler Reddick with Justin Allgaier up to 14th place after restarting the race in 21st.

Tyler Reddick is closing in on Cole Custer.

Cole Custer wins stage two:

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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Cole Custer
Tyler Reddick
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Preece
William Byron
Brian Scott
Kyle Benjamin
Ben Kennedy
Ryan Reed
Elliott Sadler

Taking only fuel Ryan Preece wins the race off of pit road. Justin Allgaier also took only fuel. After taking four tires, leader Cole Custer comes out in fifth place.

After staying out on the track, Elliott Sadler will bring the field down for the green flag.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 97 and edges out Ryan Preece for the lead of the race.

After being two laps down Justin Allgaier has moved up to third place. Elliott Sadler has a half second lead on Ryan Preece.

William Byron has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a four tire change.

Lap 104 Ryan Preece has caught Elliott Sadler and passes him for the lead.

Lap 107, Ryan Preece has pulled out to a half second lead over Elliott Sadler with Justin Allgaier in third.

Lap 111 Ryan Preece leads by a half second over Elliott Sadler with Justin Allgaier in third a second behind.

Lap 120 Ryan Preece holds on to the lead by less than half a second over Tyler Reddick with Elliott Sadler in third, with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lao 127 Tyler Reddick passes Ryan Preece to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 130 Tyler Reddick has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Ryan Preece with Elliott Sadler in third.

On lap 139 Elliott Sadler brings his car down pit road for a scheduled pit stop.

Lap 140 Tyler Reddick continues to lead the race with a lead of over three seconds on Ryan Preece. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 145 Blake Koh make his scheduled pit stop but difficulties during the stop cost hi a slow stop at 21 seconds.

Ryan Reed brings his car down pit road as drivers begin making the final green flag stops.

Lap 149 Tyler Reddick’s lead is now over seven seconds on Cole Custer as green flag pit stops continue.

Lap 151 Tyler Redick finally makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 154 the top three drivers Kyle Benjamin, Cole Custer, and Ross Chastain have yet to pit.

Lap 157 there are 13 cars on the lead lap.

After green flag pit stops have cycled through, Tyler Reddick is once again the leader with a lead of over six seconds on Ryan Preece with Elliott Sadler in third. There are 14 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 167, driving it like he stole it, Tyler Reddick has a near seven second lead on Ryan Preece.

With 25 laps to go, Tyler Reddick has left the field behind with a lead of over 10 seconds on Ryan Preece and 13 cars on the lead lap.

Twenty two to go and there are 12 cars on the lead lap as Tyler Reddick has a lead of over eleven seconds.

Nineteen to go, Brennan Poole has passed Ryan Preece to take over the second place. Tyler Reddick’s lead is not over eleven seconds.

Fifteen to go, Tyler Reddick has a lead of over eleven seconds on Brennan Poole with only nine cars on the lead lap.

Thirteen to go and Tyler Reddick’s lead is down to under eleven seconds on Brennan Poole with Ryan Preece in third.

Eleven to go and Tyler Reddick’s lead is back up to over eleven seconds.

Ten to go and Tyler Reddick has a lead of over 12 seconds on Brennan Poole with nine cars on the lead lap.

Eight to go and the top four are Tyler Reddick, Brennan Poole, Ryan Preece, and Justin Algaier.

Six to go and Justin Allgaier passes Ryan Preee to take over third place. Tyler Reddick’s lead is nearly 13 seconds on Brennan Poole.

Four to go, Tyler Reddick has a commanding lead with Brennan Poole is second and Justin Allgaier in third. There are nine cars on the lead lap.

Tyler Reddick takes the white flag with a 13 second lead on Brennan Poole.

Tyler Reddick wins the race for his first Xfinity Series win. Reddick’s win by over 14 seconds was the largest margin in Xfinity Series history.

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The unofficial results of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300:
Tyler Reddick
Brennan Poole
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Preece
Cole Custer
Elliott Sadler
Daniel Hemric
Brian Scott
Matt Tifft
Ryan Reed
Ben Kennedy
Kyle Benjamin
Brandon Jones
Brendan Gaughan
Spencer Gallagher
Michael Annett
Blake Koch
William Byron
J.J. Yeley
Ryan Sieg
Ross Chastain
Jeremy Clements
Dakoda Armstrong
Harrison Rhodes
Garrett Smithley
Josh Williams
Quin Houff
BJ McLeod
David Starr
Joey Gase
Sam Hornish Jr
Angela Ruch
Korbin Forrister
Mike Harmon
John Jackson
Timmy Hill
Morgan Shepherd
Dexter Bean
Carl Long
Jeff Green


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