This was two races in a row that we expected a Joe Gibbs Cup driver to dominate the field, and it seemed like that was exactly what was about to happen. Martin Truex Jr. was clearly the fastest car in the field and the best driver. He was able to pass the field at will until a speeding penalty shuffled him back.
On the last restart, Justin Allgaier was able to pull far enough away that Truex didn’t have enough time to cut through the field and catch back up to him. Allgaier earns JR Motorsports their first win of 2021 in what has been an off-year so far. JRM is consistently the best team in the series, this is hopefully going to be a momentum shifter.
The biggest story to come out of this race should’ve been Justin’s big win over Truex, but instead, another JRM car is starting headlines as usual. Noah Gragson once again finds himself leaving the track in controversy.
Hemric drove into Gragson’s pit box while the 9-car was attempting to pit. This forced Gragson to have to readjust himself and in doing so – Noah Claims – he accidently backed into Hemric. When you watch a detialed look at the incident it seems as though there may be some validity to Noah’s side of the story. It doesn’t look as egregious as it did initially, but knowing Noah it’s easy to understand how that conclusion was reached.
Even if this was an overreaction on Hemric’s part, I’ll give him credit for finishing the race and then handling his business afterwards. He didn’t tear up either car, he got out of the car and walked up to Noah, and showed his displeasure.
On the other side of this, even if Noah didn’t mean to do anything, this should show him how tired other drivers are of him. As much as I love the energy Noah brings to NASCAR, I think that he needs to get a punch landed on him a few more times. Noah is getting into too much trouble consecutively and making enemies needlessly. This is a level that the Busch brothers faced early on in their careers, but I don’t think Noah has the talent to back it up the way they could.
- A.J. Allmendinger rallies after an accident to finish 5th.
- Josh Berry’s horrible luck continues. His opportunity in Xfinity is coming to a close and he really hasn’t done enough to secure another.
- Brandon Jones also got caught up in an accident that ruined his day.
- Austin Cindric finished 13th but never had the car to compete today.
- Santino Ferrucci continues his top-15 streak and actually ran in the top ten for a while.