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Austin Cindric Wins Race And NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship

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AVONDALE, AZ (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Austin Cindric passed Justin Allgaier on the final lap of NASCAR overtime to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Desert Dimond Casino West Valley 200 at Phoenix Raceway and capture the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series championship.

The victory was Cindric’s sixth of the season and his first in six starts at the one-mile Arizona speedway and his 100th NASCAR Xfinity Series start.

“This was an amazing effort by Brian Wilson and everybody back at the shop,” said Cindric. “There was a lot of work put into this Ford Mustang. I’ve got to thank Roger Penske and everyone from Team Penske plus the Menards family who put so much support into racing itself. It’s awesome to get them a championship in NASCAR, to be a champion in NASCAR, and do it in front of all these great people cheering us on at championship weekend. Thanks to Ford Performance, Doug Yates, and everybody at Roush Yates Engines. I’m speechless. I’m pretty humbled by the effort for sure.”

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Allgaier took the final green flag from the outside of the front row with Cindric behind him and Ross Chastain on the inside.  Allgaier’s teammate Noah Gragson was inside of Cindric.  Allgaier cleared Chastain with Cindric in tow coming off turn four.  Gragson was on the inside of Cindric and could have helped his teammate but elected to dive low heading into turn one.  That gave Cindric room to get around Allgaier, who was helpless to hold him off.

“I’m disappointed; this racetrack for me lost a lot when we put PJ1 down, and I felt like if we had been able to run the bottom like normal and not run stuck in that high groove, I felt like we definitely would have had the best car,” said Allgaier.  “So I’m disappointed in that, but at the end of the race today we were on old tires. I knew it was going to be sketchy at best. To be honest with you, to finish the race, it actually really surprises me that we were that close. Austin got that pass and ran through the middle of 3 and 4, and my teammate did a great job of trying to pull up and obviously race for the win. That’s what he needed to do. He needed to end the season strong. But I thought if he could have just got up a little bit in front of the 22 and been able to block that run, we may have had a little bit more of a shot, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Gragson finished second followed by Brandon Jones.  Michael Annett finished fourth followed by Allgaier.

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Kyle Larson Wins NASCAR All Star Race

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Kyle Larson held off teammate Chase Elliott and Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski to win the NASCAR All Star race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

The victory was Larson’s second in the event, Hendrick Motorsports 10th and 2nd in-a-row.  Chase Elliott won the event last year.

“That restart just worked out perfect where Chase kind of got choked up and I was able to get to his back bumper and push him past the 12 to get him a little bit clearer, and he kind of shaded left a little bit much, and I poked through the outside and had about — almost all fours but both right sides above where we had been running and I kind of eyeballed it under yellow and I was like, you know what, we have a 10-lap run and there’s no points on the line, I’m going to go for it if I get the chance, and if I wreck, I wreck. But I think there will be enough grip. It worked out there was,” Larson explained about the final restart where he eventually took the lead.

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Keselowski finished second and was thrilled to be able to do that considering Larson was coming off wins at Charlotte and Sonoma. .

“It feels like just to run second to the Hendrick cars right now is kind of an accomplishment,” said Keselowski. “They’re just stupid fast, and I had him off of Turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right on back by me.”

Elliott finished third followed by Joey Logano in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

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Kyle Larson dominates Coca Cola 600

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CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson led 327-of-400 laps and picked up his second victory of the year Sunday winning the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“My car was really, really good,” remarked Larson after the race. “I didn’t have many complaints tonight, but I just think with the grip in the track and all that, my teammates were just as good as I was.”

The victory was the eighth of Larson’s career and the 269th for Hendrick Motorsports, the most Cup Series wins for a single organization.

“From really humble beginnings and not having money to buy tires and riding in the back of a truck in Trenton, New Jersey, to watch a modified race to today, I was thinking out there on pit road hoping it wasn’t going to be a caution and we could get it done tonight, how fortunate I’ve been to have the talent that’s been at our organization,” reflected Hendrick.

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That talent was on display Sunday night when four of the top five cars were Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets, including Chase Elliott who finished second.

“We absolutely got beat tonight, no question,” said Elliott matter of factly. “They (Larson and the No. 5 team) did a better job. The only thing you can do is just look for more opportunities, be excited for another chance, and fortunately we have that next week, next Sunday, and the Sunday after that.”

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch spoiled the Hendrick party by finishing third in the M&M’s Toyota followed by HMS’ William Byron in fourth and Alex Bowman in fifth.

Larson moved up one spot in the Driver’s standings and trails leader Denny Hamlin by 76-points heading into next Sunday’s race on the road course at Sonoma.

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NASCAR Charlotte Notebook: Gibbs wins Xfinity Series race; Larson wins Cup Series pole position

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CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs took the lead on a restart with 7-laps to go and held off Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gibbs had a hand in the caution preceding the restart when he got together with Chase Briscoe coming off turn two, sending Briscoe into a spin who remarkably didn’t hit anything.

“I just want to say sorry to them,” remarked Gibbs about the incident with Briscoe. “This is awesome, I’ll take it. It’s definitely nice to win on an oval in my hometown.”

Briscoe wasn’t mad at Gibbs about the incident, he was more frustrated about losing the lead after some late race adjustments.

“We just made the wrong adjustment there at the end, we were too tight,” said Briscoe. “I felt like he was going to get me either way.  I don’t know if he got into me or got aero loose or what.  It’s definitely frustrating we ended up sixth.  Felt like we were going to, for sure, be second at worse.”

Team Penske’s Austin Cindric finished second followed by Gibbs’ JGR teammate Harrison Burton in third.

The race was slowed by 10-caution flags for 51-laps including four over the last 66-laps.  There were 12-lead changes among seven drivers.

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Xfinity Charlotte Results

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Kyle Larson Wins Cup Series Pole:

Kyle Larson led a Hendrick Motorsports barrage in qualifying for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600.  Larson’s fast lap of 180.282 mph (29.953-seconds) put the No. 5 Chevy on the pole and led the HMS squad, who all qualified in the top 7.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr will start second in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet.  Stenhouse turned a lap of 180.240 mph (29.960) to earn the spot on the outside of the front row.

HMS teammates Chase Elliott and William Byron will start on row two after turning quick laps of 180.186 (29.969) and 180.180 (29.970) respectively.

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