The Xfinity Series kicks off a doubleheader weekend with the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200. The Monster Mile at Dover International Speedway is the second race in the playoffs for the Xfinity drivers.
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Now that the Xfinity Series has reached the playoffs, only the Monster Energy Cup Series drivers with less than five years of Monster Cup experience are allowed to participate in the race. Once the Series reaches the final race at Homestead, no Monster up drivers will be allowed to run in the race.
After three rounds of qualifying soon to be Monster Energy Cup Series driver William Byron won the pole and will bring the field to green.
The starting lineup for the the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200:
William Byron– in the playoffs
Justin Allgaier– in the playoffs
Cole Custer– in the playoffs
Brennan Poole– in the playoffs
Daniel Hemric– in the playoffs
Elliott Sadler– in the playoffs
Brendan Gaughan – in the playoffs
Michael Annett– in the playoffs
Ryan Reed– in the playoffs
Blake Koch– in the playoffs
Jeremy Cements– in the playoffs
Matt Tifft– in the playoffs – moved to the back of the field for an unapproved tire change (flat tire in qualifying)
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Stages one and two of the race are 60 laps each with stage three lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the one mile track.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and edges out Daniel Suarez for the lead of the race.
The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap seven when Brandon Jones gets loos and spins out; unable to slow down, Jeff Green gets into the back of Matt Tifft, spinning him out and he hits Jones.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 and holds on to te lead.
The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 18 when Harrison Rhodes’ car is smoking heavily. He brings his car down pit road and the crew raises the hood hoping it is something other than a blown engine.
Continuing to choose the outside lane, William Byron again brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 24 and gets out in front of Daniel Suarez for the lead of the race.
Chad Finchum brings out the third caution flag of the race on lap 26 when he got into the wall.
Drivers are reporting very loose conditions when racing side by side.
William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and holds on to the lead.
Lap 37 William Byron has a lead of nearly a second on Daniel Suarez with team mate Justin Allgaier over a second and a half behind.
Lap 41 William Byron’s lead is now over a second on Daniel Suarez with 31 cars on the lead lap.
With only seven laps remaining in stage one, William Byron has led every lap so far. Ryan Blaney is a second behind with Daniel Suarez in third.
Lap 65, there are 26 cars on the lead lap. And nine cars off the track.
Willaim Byron wins stage one and adds to his playoff point total.
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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blanes wins the race off of pit road with Wiliam Byron in second.
Erik Jones and Corey LaJoie were caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.
Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 68 and jumps out in front of the field for the lead.
Lap 71 Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on William Byron.
Spencer Gallagher brushes the wall but the track stays green.
Lap 77 Ryan Blaney ontinues to lead the race with 26 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 80 Ryan Blaney has a half second lead on William Byron with Tyler Reddick in third.
Lap 91 Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race, followed by William Byron, followed by Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick, and Cole Custer.
Lap 97 has a lead of a second on William Byron with 22 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 100 and the top five is Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, and Tyler Reddick.
Lap 103 Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to over a second on William Byron.
Lap 112 Ryan Blaney is lapping the field quickly, there are only 18 cars on the lead lap. He has a lead of over two seconds over William Byron.
Lap 117, there are now 17 cars on the lead lap. And Ryan Blaney has a two and a half second lead on William Byron.
Ryan Blaney wins stage two.
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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ryan Blaney again wins the race off of pit road followed by William Byron and Daniel Suarez.
Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 128 and holds on to the lead but Justin Allgaier gets around team mate William Byron to take over second place.
Drivers are getting three wide across the narrow track.
Lap 134 Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly a second on Justin Allgaier.
Lap 138 Ryan Blaney has a lead of a second and a half on Justin Allgaier with only 17 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 145 the top four are Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgaier, William Byron, and Daniel Suarez.
Fifty to go and Ryan Blaney continues to dominate the race with 17 cars on the lead lap and 10 cars out of the race.
After starting the race at the back of the field, Matt Tifft has moved into the top 10 in eighth place.
Lap 155 Ryan Blaney has a lead of over two seconds on Justin Allgaier.
Lap 165 Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to nearly three seconds on Justin Allgaier with only 16 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 168 Justin Allgaier has cut into Ryan Blaney’s lead and is now less than two and a half seconds behind.
With 28 laps remaining in the race, Ryan Blaney has again pulled out to a three second lead on Justin Allgaier. William Byron is over four seconds behind Blaney.
Brendan Gaughan is moving through the field.
The top five are Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgaier, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, and Daniel Hemric.
Thirteen to go and Ryan Blaney is running away with the lead, he has a lead of nearly four seconds on Justin Allgaier.
Erik Jones and Tyler Reddick make unscheduled pit stops with tire issues.
Nine laps to go, Ryan Blaney’s lead is now five seconds on Justin Allgaier.
Seven to go Blaney’s lead is up to over five seconds on Justin Allgaier. Daniel Hemric passes Daniel Suarez to take over fourth place.
Five to go and Ryan Blaney holds on to his five second lead over Justin Allgaier.
Three to go and Blaney’s lead is now five and a half seconds on Justin Allgaier.
Ryan Blaney takes the white flag.
Leading 135 of the 200 laps, Ryan Blaney wins the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200! This is Blaney’s second Xfinity Series win of the season.
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After celebrating the win, Ryan Blaney gave the checkered flag to a young fan.
The unofficial results of the Use Your Melon. Drive Sober 200:
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