Gragson wiggles past Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Bristol

Noah Gragson squeezed previous JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier with 4 laps last in a transfer that brought about Allgaier to crash and opened the door for Gragson to win at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn. —
Noah Gragson squeezed previous JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier with 4 laps last, a transfer that brought about Allgaier to crash, and Gragson hung on at Bristol Motor Speedway for his moment win of the season.

Gragson additionally gained the season-opening race at Daytona to start out his moment 12 months with Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race crew. Gragson was once winless in 2019 in his first complete season in NASCAR’s second-tier sequence.

His victory Monday night time was once arrange by way of a warning with 13 laps last that wiped away Allgaier’s lead. The Chevrolet teammates covered up side-by-side for the restart with seven laps last however Allgaier cleared him at the restart.

Gragson chased him and as he handed Allgaier for the lead, Allgaier wiggled into the wall and crashed for a warning.

“I truly express regret to Justin and the (quantity) 7 crew, that’s no longer how I wish to race,” Gragson stated. “I noticed a place open up, he more or less slipped off the ground and I attempted to slide to the ground and I simply were given too free.

“This observe is like ice presently. We’re slipping and sliding.”

Gragson needed to race Chase Briscoe and Brandon Jones in a two-lap extra time end however beat them each to say the checkered flag. Gragson climbed the fence at empty Bristol in party.

He joined Briscoe as the one drivers with two Xfinity Sequence victories this 12 months and praised team leader David Elenz for sticking with him and serving to him toughen at Bristol. He had one top-10 in two Xfinity races at Bristol remaining 12 months, and one top-10 in a couple of visits to the bullring within the Truck Sequence in 2018.

“I used to be horrible right here in vehicles and Xfinity,” Gragson stated. “My team leader leader believed in me and he sought after me to return again and run with them and Dave Elenz is the person.”

Allgaier led a race-high 156 laps however completed 18th after the destroy.

“I’m extra mad at myself for creating a mistake and getting off the ground,” Allgaier stated. “However, yeah, we were given wrecked.”

Briscoe, who beat Kyle Busch to win at Darlington two weeks in the past, completed moment in a Ford.

Jones and Harrison Burton had been 3rd and fourth in a couple of Toyota’s. The highest 4 are eligible to race for a $100,000 bonus Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Myatt Snyder rounded out the top-five.

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