Last week on the Daytona Road Course, Ty Gibbs claimed his first Xfinity Series win in his first start. This week at Homestead-Miami Speedway, another first time winner entered victory lane. Richard Childress Racing driver Myatt Snider claimed his first Xfinity Series win on the 1.5 mile Homestead oval. The driver of the No. 2 Tax Slayer Chevrolet Camaro claimed the Contender Boats 250 checkered flag after an two overtime periods.
After his first win, Snider stated, “I guess I learned my lesson on that first restart. I spun the wheels and then I saw Tyler spin the wheels on the next one and I knew I might have a chance. Shout out to all the RCR guys, Taxslayer, all these people supporting me over the years. It’s been a rough journey, but we are here with a win, and I can’t complain. I knew that Tyler had a lot of experience as a Cup driver, so I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task beating him. Luckily, we did it. I can’t thank everybody enough. We slayed it!”
Gragson Loses Out on Win Again
The day was dominated Austin Cindric, who not only led the most laps at 63, but claimed the win in stage two. However, closing in on the end of the race, Noah Gragson proved he had the dominant car to win. Gragson paced the field for 34 laps Saturday afternoon, but with two laps to go, disaster struck the No. 9 team again. Going into turn three, Gragson was behind the No. 13 of David Starr. Starr drove the car into the corner, but it appeared that the car suffered some sort of issue. Starr’s car went directly into the wall, while Gragson had no wear to go. Gragson slammed into the back of Starr, causing significant damage to his car. The damage ended his race, and his chance for a win.
Snider claimed the win .085 seconds over Tyler Reddick, who finished in second. Brandon Jones finished close behind Reddick in third place, while Daniel Hemric and Jeb Burton round out the top five. Austin Cindric finished in sixth after dominating most of the race. Justin Haley finished in seventh, while late race contender Brett Moffitt finished in eighth. Rounding out the top ten were Ryan Sieg and Jeremy Clements who finished in ninth and tenth respectively.
Harrison Burton, who entered the race today second in points, did not have good day in Miami. Burton ran most of the day near the front but suffered a mechanical issue only seventy laps into the race. He finished in 40th. Santino Ferrucci, an IndyCar star entering his first stock car race, had early troubles that saw his No. 26 suffer significant right side damage. He would rally to finish the race two laps down in 31st place.
Next on Deck for the Xfinity Series
The next race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans can catch all the action on March 6th at 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
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