Last night Austin Cindric was able to survive a late restart that forced him to hold off a hard-charging Ty Gibbs while the field faced calamity behind him. It was a race full of fun moments and while it had a good amount of wrecks, the race never seemed to drag on.
We had six lead changes and while Cindric was clearly the class of the field, it wasn’t a runaway race. Cindric is going to have races like this all year where he just seems like a Cup driver out there racing with the little guys. This is his second win of the season, but his fifth top-five in five races; the man is incredibly averaging a finish of 2.6 on the season.
Ty Gibbs continues to impress with a 2nd place finish and nearly finding the will to chase down Cindric on the last lap. It was close, and a sliding Gibbs nearly put the bumper on him, but in the end, he ran out of time and Cindric took the flag. It seems all but certain that Ty will make the straight jump to full-time Xfinity next season.
Overall it was a great race with plenty of exciting moments and it gives me so much hope that we will see something like this replicated today in the Cup race.
- Riley Herbst grabbed his first top five/top ten of the season. He’s been a big disappointment compared to what Chase Briscoe did in that car last year. Hopefully, this is a change of pace that sticks.
- Bayley Currey scored the first top ten of his career with a 7th place finish for Mike Harmon Racing.
- J.J. Yeley has been having a decent season this year in Xfinity, shocking the NASCAR world. He came close to a top ten finish but comes home 13th.
- Santino Ferrucci continues to impress and gets a 15th place finish. His controversial ways have arisen already though. After contact with Josh Berry, we got a very meme-worthy two-fingered response out of the JR Motorsports driver aimed at the newcomer.
- Daniel Hemric had a great car and while he wasn’t a match for Cindric, he would’ve come home with a top-five but contact on that last restart caused him to fall down to 23rd.