The clouds opened up and the rain came down ending the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday afternoon. Noah Gragson was the lucky driver to be leading the race when NASCAR threw the red flag. The gift from the clouds gave Gragson his second straight win, and a 5 point lead over Ty Gibbs with only one race left before the series kicks of its playoffs. Sam Mayer and Riley Herbst clinched playoff spots with their top ten results. Going into the last race of the regular season this week Ryan Seig is on the playoffs bubble having a thirteen point lead over Sheldon Creed.
The race was red flagged after 94 of 200 scheduled laps. Since the second stage had been completed when the rain came, NASCAR made the race official and declared Gragson the winner. Gragson’s teammate Justin Allgaier finished second, Ty Gibbs finished third, Brandon Jones fourth, and Ross Chastain rounded out the top five. The Xfinity Series heads to Bristol this Friday night for the Food City 300. The green flag waves at 7:30 PM Eastern, and you can catch all the action on the USA Network.
John Hunter Nemechek definitely had the truck to beat as he won the Kansas Lottery 200. Nemechek started the race on the pole and won all the stages. He ran down a 20 second Carson Hocevar lead at the white flag as Hocevar’s truck sputtered and ran out of fuel on the back stretch. Along with his truck, Hocevar’s hopes of advancing into the second round of the Camping World Truck Series playoffs ran out of gas too. Carson coasted to a second place finish but missed the cut line by three points thus ending his Cinderella run. Matt Crafton was also eliminated after his fifteenth place finish. Ryan Preece finished third, Zane Smith fourth and Grant Enfinger rounded out the top 5 respectively.
That leaves Nemechek, Grant Enfinger, Chandler Smith, Zane Smith, Ty Majeski, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes and Christian Eckes as the drivers advancing into the Round of 8. The trucks have a short week turn around as they head to Bristol Motor Speedway this Thursday evening for the UNOH 200. The green flag waves at 9 PM Eastern and you can watch it all on FS1.