Austin Hill Times Last Lap Pass Perfectly For First Career Xfinity Victory

Rookie Austin Hill timed his move perfectly, using a final-lap push to pass veteran AJ Allmendinger and take the lead just before the warning flew for a vicious final-lap wreck in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series. . Beef. That’s what’s for dinner. 300. at the Daytona International Speedway.

Just as Hill took the lead, a wild wreckage broke out in the middle of the pack as Myatt Snider soared. Parts and pieces flew out of Snider’s No. 31 Chevy – including the engine, which was ripped from the vehicle – as it drove into the fence, with fire shooting from the car before it sped away. immobilized on the back.

Fortunately, Snider was able to quickly drop the net from the window, got out of his vehicle under his own power, and headed for an oncoming ambulance. He was treated and released from the field care centre.

Hill was the leader at the time of the caution, earning his first career Xfinity Series victory in his 16and carrier start.

Moving up from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (where he had eight wins in 120 starts) this season, the 27-year-old is playing his first full season in the Xfinity Series driving Richard Childress Racing’s No. 21 Chevrolet. .

“Man, me and (spotter) Derek Kneeland worked really well,” Hill told Fox Sports 1’s Regan Smith happily on the front stretch at Daytona. “I learned all night. I kept telling him I just put that in the bank, I put that in the bank, I just put that in the memory bank to remember it late in the night. race.

“We timed it perfectly. Obviously that caveat came out, but we had a hell of a ride, so who knows what would have happened there. The 98 (Riley Herbst) gave me quite a boost and we managed to pass him (Allmendinger).

“It’s so crazy. I won (Daytona) in 2019 with a new team (in the Truck series). Now we’re with RCR, first race with them and we were able to get the job done. … Man , I’m, I’m speechless It’s been a fun offseason and now we’re going to be racing for a championship.

Hill, who earned an automatic playoff spot with the win, becomes the fourth different driver to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Daytona International Speedway, joining Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick and Mike Wallace.

Austin Hill crosses the finish line cautiously to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Beef. That’s what’s for dinner. 300 Saturday. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

As the Winston, Georgia native celebrated his first win and playoff spot, Allmendinger wondered what could have been.

“I should go see the replay, study it, I’m sure I will,” Allmendinger former Fox Sports 1. “I kept trying to block both lanes. It looked like Austin had moved there- high and had timed it perfectly, where he had just received a huge push. I probably could have tried to really block, but I think I probably would have wiped us out if I had.

“I have to be better sometimes not to get too far off the lead. I’ll just keep working on it. Man, that’s disappointing.

Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst, Justin Allgaier, Sheldon Creed, Anthony Alfredo, Ryan Sieg, Josh Bilicki and Brandon Brown complete the top 10.

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It was a story of perseverance for Alfredo, as the right side window blew off his #23 Chevrolet in the opening laps of the race. NASCAR threw up the black flag and by the time Alfredo pulled over to replace the window, he was two laps down. Alfredo would recover to finish 7and.

The 300-mile race was slowed by six warnings for 28 laps and featured 19 lead changes among nine riders.

The race’s fifth warning came with 30 laps to go as CJ McLaughlin’s No. 38 slacked off incredibly and when he overcorrected it sparked a scrum near the back of the field which gathered ten cars . Brett Moffitt, Hemric, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Jesse Iwuji, Shane Lee, McLaughlin, Tommy Joe Martins, Joey Gase, Josh Williams and Kyle Weatherman were all involved.

The race’s first warning came on lap 14 when Drew Dollar checked and lost control of his #18 Toyota on the baseline, crashing into the #51 Chevrolet of Jeremy Clements. The contact caused heavy damage to both cars and ended their lives.

It was the second crash of the day for Dollar, who made a hard contact with the wall at the ARCA Racing Series event earlier in the afternoon.

On MRN Radio, Clements blamed the wreckage on “inexperienced drivers buying fast cars.” Clements also made his frustrations known on social media afterwards, tweeting “It’s what happens when you have guys buying rides that shouldn’t be there.”

The Xfinity Series will return to North Carolina to pack haulers for the West Coast swing before making the long drive to Auto Club Speedway for next Saturday’s Production Alliance 300.

Follow Brian Eberly on Twitter @BEberly18

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