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Avondale, Arizona – eighteen year old Sammy Smith picked up his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory by taking the checkered flag on Saturday at Phoenix Racing.
Smith took the win in his 13th career start. Smith led 92 of 200 laps, including the last 52.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the high school student.
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Ryan Truex finished second, giving Joe Gibbs Racing a 1-2 finish.
“I think (Smith) was class of the field all day,” Truex said. “His car looked so good and he could do whatever he wanted.”
Sheldon Creed was third. Riley Autumn finished fourth. Chandler Smith finished fifth. Chandler Smith and Kyle Bush made contact on the last lap. Bush fell back and finished ninth.
Stage 1 winner: Justin Algayer
Stage 2 winner: Justin Algayer
Who had a good race: Riley Herbst’s fourth place marked his seventh consecutive top 10 finish since last season. … Sheldon Creed went over the spin to finish third, his best result of the season.
Who had a bad race: The strategic call to stay out of the way when many others were pitting until the end of the second stage allowed Algaier to win that stage, but put him at the end of the field after a stage break when he pitted. Allgaier was unable to regain this position on the track and had an accident at the end of the race. He finished 36th. … Josh Berry rotated twice, including once by a teammate Sam Mayer. Berry overcame these incidents and finished eighth.
Next: The series will take place on March 18 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (5:00 pm ET on FS1).
#NASCAR …Chandler Smith on last lap contact with Kyle Busch… pic.twitter.com/lBHoaetLXa
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) March 12, 2023
#NASCAR … Sheldon Creed finished third thanks to a contact between Chandler Smith and Kyle Busch. Creed describes in detail what he saw. pic.twitter.com/pjJxAvWUhE
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) March 12, 2023
Avondale, Arizona – Sammy Smith became the fourth youngest driver to take his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win in series history on Saturday when he won at Phoenix Raceway.
Smith, 18 years, 9 months, 7 days, took the checkered flag ahead of teammate Joe Gibbs Racing. Ryan Truex.
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Sheldon Creed took third place, followed by Riley Autumn And Chandler Smith.
Chandler Smith and Kyle Bush took third place in contact races. Bush finished ninth.
Austin Hill remains the leader in points. John Hunter Nemechek in second place, 30 points behind Hill after four races. Justin Algayer ranks third in the standings.
Avondale, Arizona – AJ Allmendinger said he was blown out of the wind and bruised his left leg in a crash last weekend on the last lap of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Olmendinger spun around in the pack and got hit near the door. Ryan Price on the way back.
“It knocked me out and I definitely had a hard time breathing for a while,” Allmendinger said Saturday at Phoenix Raceway. “My (left) foot is still black and blue. My left foot dangled between both pedals. It’s gentle. It’s not terrible. I had to limp all night (after the race) and the next day was a bit difficult. Other than that, I feel good. The leg is still black and blue, but I don’t feel it.
“As big as the blow, I think it could have been worse. It wasn’t terrible.”
Even so, Allmendinger thought about finishing the race. He left for 18th place.
“It took me a second to get the wind back,” Allmendinger said. “Then I sat there and thought to myself, ‘I don’t know who is in this crash, so if this thing starts moving again and gets to (the finish), it might be a position or two. ‘… You just want to finish the race if you can.’
Olmendinger said NASCAR did the right thing by not alerting his contact. NASCAR didn’t because Allmendinger left the scene.
As to what caused his crash, Allmendinger said he had a good restart after changing four tires before the overtime restart.
“I sort of broke through the gap and came up to the white (flag circle in 13th place)… I was four cars wide in front of me and I was following Denny (Hamlin). I went into turn 1, I just tried to take a big run around the turn to immediately push him from behind, hoping that at best I could push him out of the group and then I would have a clear path in (turn) 3.
“We were free at the time and the dirty air just pulled me out of (turn) 2 really fast and didn’t save him.”
#NASCAR … A.J. Olmendinger describes the aftermath of his final lap crash last week in Las Vegas, where he was hit near the door. pic.twitter.com/bevBQlDRg4
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) March 11, 2023
Avondale, Arizona – Chevrolet, which won the first three races of the Cup season, will have five drivers starting in the top ten, including the pole position. Kyle LarsonSunday race at Phoenix Raceway.
Larson’s teammate at Hendrick Motorsports William Byron starts third. Also in the top 10 for Chevrolet are Ross Chastain (sixth), Kyle Bush (ninth) and Eric Jones (10th).
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Best Driver Toyota Denny Hamlin, which starts second. best driver ford Brad Keselowskiwho starts fourth.
Chase Briscoewho won this race last year, qualified 24th.
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