NASCAR Daytona Xfinity race results: Ross Chastain leads podium sweep for Kaulig Racing

Chastain finished .109 seconds ahead of Haley and .206 ahead of Allmendinger.

Kaulig Racing found the key to victory in Saturday night’s Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway, and the team did so in triplicate.

In a wild race that featured five multicar wrecks, hired gun Ross Chastain teammates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger across the finish line in a 1-2-3 finish for Kaulig Racing, which collected its first NASCAR victory.

Chastain finished .109 seconds ahead of Haley and .206 ahead of Allmendinger, who made his first NASCAR start since last year and his first-ever Daytona start in a NASCAR Xfinity Series car.

“Oh, my god, we did—Daytona!” exulted Chastain, a watermelon farmer from Florida who continued his roller-coaster ride in NASCAR racing with his first Xfinity victory of the season and the second of his career. “I watched these races in July as a kid, and I never could come (to the track) because we were growing watermelons.

“The guys right here (from Kaulig Racing) gave me a car that could win at Daytona!”

The win was the second of Chastain’s Xfinity career.

 

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Friday, July 5, 2019

                1. (4)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 100.

                2. (7)  Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 100.

                3. (2)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 100.

                4. (8)  Christopher Bell, Toyota, 100.

                5. (19)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 100.

                6. (25)  Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, 100.

                7. (33)  Brandon Brown #, Chevrolet, 100.

                8. (20)  Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 100.

                9. (5)  Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 100.

                10. (37)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 100.

                11. (28)  Matt Mills, Toyota, 100.

                12. (27)  Vinnie Miller, Toyota, 100.

                13. (29)  Stefan Parsons, Toyota, 100.

                14. (36)  Ray Black II, Chevrolet, 100.

                15. (35)  Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 100.

                16. (16)  Noah Gragson #, Chevrolet, 99.

                17. (1)  Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 99.

                18. (12)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 99.

                19. (11)  Riley Herbst(i), Toyota, 98.

                20. (22)  Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 97.

                21. (18)  Timmy Hill, Toyota, 97.

                22. (32)  Shane Lee, Toyota, 97.

                23. (21)  John Hunter Nemechek #, Chevrolet, Accident, 93.

                24. (6)  Joe Graf Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 92.

                25. (14)  Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, Accident, 89.

                26. (3)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, Accident, 86.

                27. (15)  Cole Custer, Ford, Accident, 86.

                28. (31)  Chad Finchum, Toyota, Accident, 86.

                29. (26)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, Accident, 86.

                30. (13)  Caesar Bacarella, Chevrolet, Accident, 86.

                31. (17)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, Chassis, 76.

                32. (23)  Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 73.

                33. (34)  David Starr, Chevrolet, Accident, 72.

                34. (30)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, Accident, 72.

                35. (9)  Sheldon Creed(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 71.

                36. (10)  Chase Briscoe #, Ford, Accident, 44.

                37. (38)  Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Steering, 39.

                38. (24)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Accident, 12.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  125.786 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 59 Mins, 15 Secs. Margin of Victory:  .109 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  7 for 31 laps.

Lead Changes:  18 among 7 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Reddick 1-3;A. Allmendinger 4-5;M. Annett 6;A. Allmendinger 7;R. Chastain(i) 8-31;A. Allmendinger 32-61;R. Chastain(i) 62;J. Allgaier 63-65;N. Gragson # 66;J. Allgaier 67;R. Chastain(i) 68;J. Allgaier 69;R. Chastain(i) 70-79;J. Allgaier 80;R. Chastain(i) 81-85;T. Reddick 86;J. Haley # 87-90;T. Reddick 91-92;R. Chastain(i) 93-100.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Ross Chastain(i) 6 times for 49 laps; AJ Allmendinger 3 times for 33 laps; Tyler Reddick 3 times for 6 laps; Justin Allgaier 4 times for 6 laps; Justin Haley # 1 time for 4 laps; Michael Annett 1 time for 1 lap; Noah Gragson # 1 time for 1 lap.

 

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