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The Xfinity Series playoffs begin this weekend. Noah Gragson as well as Ty Gibbs enter favourites. This season they have won 11 out of 26 races.

Gragson, who has six wins this season, is aiming for his fourth win in a row.

MORE: Noah Gragson Special Celebrations at Waffle House

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Gibbs, who has five wins this year, was one of four drivers in the Xfinity playoffs for the first time. The other three Josh Berry, Austin Hill as well as Sam Mayer.

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Also in the playoffs are the defending champions of the series Daniel Hemrick, Justin Algayer, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Jones, Jeremy Clements, Riley Autumn as well as Ryan Sieg.

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Details of Saturday’s Xfinity Race at Texas Motor Speedway

(All time Eastern)

START: The command to start the engines will be given by Andy’s Frozen Custard executives Andy Kunz, Dana Kunz and Carol Kunz at 15:38… The green flag should go up at 15:49.

PRERACE: Xfinity Garage opens at 8:30am… Practice starts at 10:30am…Qualifying starts at 11:05am…Driver Meetup at 3:00pm… At 3:30pm, Bret Shisler of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries will make the call. … Jani Balderas will perform the national anthem at 15:31.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) on a 1.5 mile race track.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on lap 45. Stage 2 ends on lap 90.

TV/RADIO: USA Network will broadcast the race at 15:30. The countdown to green will start at 15:00 on the US network. The post-race show will air on the USA Network. … Performance Racing Network coverage starts at 3:00 p.m. and will also air on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast PRN.


FORECAST: Weather Metro – Sunny with a temperature of 96 degrees and no chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Tyler Reddick brought Big Machine Racing its first series win in May. William Byron was second and Sam Meyer was third.

Team Penske will appeal the penalty Ryan BlaneyThe team is out of last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the organization confirmed on Friday.

NASCAR suspended crew chief Jonathan Hussler, jack jack Graeme Stoddard and rear tire changer Zachary Price for four races each after Blaney’s car suffered a wheel failure during a pit stop. His left rear wheel rolled off as he pulled out of the stall and the tire bounced down pit road before being seized.

The penalty would have resulted in Hassler and crew members missing the entire second stage and the first race in the third round. With an appeal. Hassler, Stoddard and Price will be able to compete in Sunday’s Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET USA Network).

Blaney advances to the second round, holding the last spot for the transfer. He, Danny Hamlin as well as Christopher Bell share with 3013 points. He won the All-Star Race in May in Texas.

Chase Briscoe is the first driver below the cut line. He is four points behind Blaney. Alex Bowman as well as Daniel Suarez they are each six points behind Blaney. Austin Sindrik seven points behind Blaney.

After a burnout and victory streak celebration last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway in the spotlight Noah Gragson and his Xfinity Series team was the Waffle House they went to on their way home.

One was about 5 miles from the track and the other was about 7 miles. One person was tasked with choosing a location and making sure everyone knew about it.

Gragson, his team and carrier JR Motorsports did just that, continuing what became part of Gragson’s victory celebrations.

In most cases, racers who win a Cup or Xfinity Series race transfer from the track to a plane and fly home. For races closer to the sports facility in Charlotte, North Carolina, competitors will drive, giving them the opportunity to stop at a restaurant on their way home.

Experiences like these date back to the early days of a racer’s career – when they raced local short tracks, didn’t finish until late at night, and were looking for a place to eat, relax and relive that evening’s event. Go to any short track, especially the southeast, and it’s not uncommon to hear the winning team say they’re taking the trophy to Waffle House or any other 24-hour restaurant.

Gragson’s first Waffle House celebration came in 2015 when he won the K&N Pro Series West in Tucson, Arizona, leading his team to a 1-2-3 finish.

When Gragson won the Xfinity race in Phoenix in March, he headed to Waffle House after landing in North Carolina. Following his win at Darlington earlier this month – the first of three in a row – the team’s carrier also stopped at Waffle House, joining Gragson and the team.

“All the chefs and (everyone) take pictures and they just love it,” Gragson said. “This is a good time. We put some music on the jukebox and asked them to turn it up.”

“He’ll look back on it when he’s 60 or 70,” a teammate said. Justin Algayer said of Noah Gragson, “and these will be moments he will remember forever.”

Gragson brought the sword and trophy he had collected from the Bristol victory to Waffle House last weekend. He used the sword to cut his waffle and placed half of the waffle on the tip of the sword before taking a bite.

“It was really great to be able to have fun with the fans and eat waffles,” Gragson said.

The Waffle House was jam-packed with Gragson’s fans, including those wearing his T-shirt.

“It’s funny that they go to Waffle House,” said teammate Justin Allgayer, “but he’ll look back on it when he’s 60 or 70 and those will be moments he’ll remember forever.”

Jeremy Clements, who is 37 and in his third Xfinity Playoffs, remembers those days fondly. His early racing days were filled with Waffle House stops.

“We were at Waffle House all the time,” Clements said. “The races were always late. We had to eat. In most cases it didn’t matter if we won or not. We had enough budget to eat at Waffle House.”

Like many, Clements said that when he won, he took the trophy to the Waffle House.

“Why not show it off and have some fun?” he said.

Defending Xfinity Series Champion Daniel HemrickWaffle House presents special memories.

“I would say that I spent 90% of my childhood weekends at the Waffle House on Fridays and Saturdays,” Hemrick said of his early racing career. “

Even now, he still goes to the waffle iron regularly. His daughter Ren, who was born in May 2020, insists on this.

“She loves Waffle House,” Hemrick said. “It’s sort of one of our little Sunday traditions every week or two. We go with the whole family on Sunday, just me, (wife) Kenzi and Ren.”

The Waffle House is not the only special place for Chemrick. After he won $250,000 in the Legends car race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2010, he and about 20 family and friends went to a Steak ‘n Shake about 4 miles from the track to celebrate.

Hemrik brought the trophy with him, but his celebration was muted. He helped prepare about a dozen other cars for the event and was exhausted at that point in the night.

“Everyone was ordering food, and I put my head down and took a nap,” he said.

Steak ‘n Shake is a popular spot, especially with Daytona 500 winners. The restaurant is located 2 miles from Daytona International Speedway.

Car owner Joe Gibbs took his family and trophy after winning…


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