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Justin Haley completes season-sweep of Talladega Xfinity races

Justin Haley completed a sweep of the NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and earned his first playoff win of the season.

Race winner Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro

Chase Briscoe, who led 73 of the 113 laps, appeared headed to his 10th win of 2020 but got knocked out of contention following contact with Noah Gragson while the two were blocking.

Haley moved into the lead with two laps remaining and cemented his win when a caution was displayed on the final lap for a wreck on the backstretch.


It’s Haley’s third consecutive superspeedway win in the Xfinity Series this season and the victory advances him to the semifinal round of the playoffs regardless of his performance next weekend at Charlotte Roval.

“We had that penalty there and we struggled to get back – just bunny-hopping. Thankfully Kevin Hamlin, my spotter, was able to guide me through the bunny-hops and be able to go from the bottom (lane),” Haley said.

“We were so far back with 10 to go. Matt Kaulig (team owner), we love you. Three in a row. I guess I told you earlier I wasn’t saying it’s luck but three in a row is pretty hard to do on luck.

“Just super thankful. This is such a blessing.”

Told the last series driver to win three superspeedway wins in a row was Dale Earnhardt Jr., Haley said, “To be in that class is pretty special. This is my third Talladega win. I’m going to have to build a bigger trophy case.”

Michael Annett finished second, Ryan Sieg third, Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones rounded out the top-five.

Completing the top-10 were Daniel Hemric, Ross Chastain, Josh Williams, Garrett Smithley and Brandon Brown.

Briscoe ended up 20th.

“At the end you are doing everything you can to protect the runs and (Gragson) is doing everything he can to make moves. It is just part of racing here,” Briscoe said. “It was exciting, at least on my end.

“I about wrecked two or three times trying to block. It was cool. He had talked to Dale (Earnhardt Jr.) about how to run this place and I had talked to Dale about how to run this place and it was weird because I knew what he was trying to do every time so I was trying to protect it.”

Annett, Harrison Burton, Riley Herbst and Brown and the four drivers sitting below the cutoff line and in danger of being eliminated from further playoff contention following next weekend’s race at Charlotte.

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Stage 3

Following the break between Stages 2 and 3, most of the lead-lap cars pit but several stayed out, including A.J. Allmendinger, who inherited the lead.

Justin Allgaier was penalized for having too many crew members over the wall during his top and had to restart the race from the rear of the field.

On the restart on Lap 56, Allmendinger led the way followed by Timmy Hill. Gragson, the first off pit road, restarted fifth.

With 50 laps remaining, Allmendinger maintained a small advantage over Gragson while Annett ran third.

On Lap 76, as several teams were getting ready to head down pit road for green flag stops and slowing, both Austin Hill and Austin Cindric got knocked out of line and both slammed into the inside retaining wall. Jeffrey Earnhardt also got collected in the incident.


“I had no chance of even making it to pit road. Really unfortunate,” Cindric said. “I really wanted to have a great run. Ran up front all day, unfortunately, circumstances kept me and (Briscoe) from being up front there.

“Really sucks, but it’s part of racing.”

Annett, Ryan Vargas and Haley all were penalized for pitting too soon and will have to restart from the rear of the field.

After the remainder of the field pit under the caution, Brown was the first off pit road thanks to a fuel-only stop. On the restart on Lap 84, Brown led the way followed by Allgaier, Jones, Chastain and Briscoe.

Briscoe powered back into the lead on Lap 85.

On Lap 92, NASCAR displayed a caution for debris on the frontstretch. Most drivers remained on the track and Briscoe still led the way on the restart with 18 laps remaining.

With 10 laps to go, Briscoe remained out front followed by Gragson, Hermric and Chastain.

Stage 2

Briscoe held off Cindric in a one-lap dash to take the Stage 2 win and complete a sweep of both stage victories at Talladega.

Hemric was third, Haley fourth and Allgaier rounded out the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, all lead-lap cars elected to pit with Briscoe the first off pit road.

On the restart on Lap 30, Briscoe was followed by Jones, Harrison Burton, Cindric and Riley Herbst.

Jones led Lap 31 at the line but Briscoe flexed his muscle and moved back out front on Lap 32.

With 10 laps remaining in the second stage, Briscoe and Cindric continued to control the race up front with Haley third, Hemric fourth and Allgaier rounded out the top-five.

On Lap 43, Herbst came off Turn 4, was hit by Austin Hill and slammed the inside wall before sliding across the infield grass.


Most cars elected not to pit under the caution and Briscoe continued to lead the way on the restart on Lap 47.

Just as the field was taking the green flag, Harrison Burton appeared to get into the back of Chastain, who turned up the track and was broadsided by Colby Howard. NASCAR red flagged the race for nearly 10 minutes to clean the track of debris.

The race returned to green with one lap remaining in the stage and Briscoe leading the way.

Stage 1

Briscoe took control early and held off Cindric to claim the victory in an uneventful Stage 1.

Jones ended up third, Haley fourth and Anthony Alfredo rounded out the top-five.

Briscoe started on the pole but Gragson led at the line for Lap 1 and Allgaier led at the line on Lap 2 before Briscoe moved back to the top spot on Lap 3 with a push from Cindric.

With 10 laps remaining in the first stage, Briscoe and Cindric ran nose-to-tail with Allgaier third and Haley fourth.

With five laps to go, Briscoe and Cindric remained out front with Haley moving into the third position.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Laps Led
1 11 United States Justin Haley Chevrolet 113 2:08'25.263     2
2 1 United States Michael Annett Chevrolet 113 2:08'25.497 0.234 0.234  
3 39 United States Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 113 2:08'25.858 0.595 0.361  
4 9 United States Noah Gragson Chevrolet 113 2:08'26.639 1.376 0.781 2
5 19 United States Brandon Jones Toyota 113 2:08'27.111 1.848 0.472 1
6 8 United States Daniel Hemric Chevrolet 113 2:08'27.312 2.049 0.201  
7 10 United States Ross Chastain Chevrolet 113 2:08'27.876 2.613 0.564  
8 92 United States Josh Williams Chevrolet 113 2:08'27.931 2.668 0.055  
9 07 United States Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 113 2:08'28.588 3.325 0.657  
10 68 United States Brandon Brown Chevrolet 113 2:08'28.901 3.638 0.313 4
11 36 Canada Alex Labbé Chevrolet 113 2:08'30.797 5.534 1.896  
12 13 United States Chad Finchum Toyota 113 2:08'31.197 5.934 0.400  
13 21 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 113 2:08'33.228 7.965 2.031  
14 90 Caeser Bacarella Chevrolet 113 2:08'40.882 15.619 7.654  
15 66 United States Timmy Hill Toyota 113 2:08'44.056 18.793 3.174  
16 44 United States Tommy Joe Martins Chevrolet 113 2:08'44.296 19.033 0.240  
17 47 United States Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 113 2:08'46.995 21.732 2.699  
18 74 United States Mike Harmon Chevrolet 113 2:08'47.120 21.857 0.125  
19 99 United States Josh Bilicki Toyota 113 2:08'47.312 22.049 0.192  
20 98 United States Chase Briscoe Ford 113 2:08'49.248 23.985 1.936 73
21 51 United States Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 113 2:09'00.288 35.025 11.040  
22 5 United States Matt Mills Chevrolet 113 2:09'00.506 35.243 0.218  
23 78 United States Vinnie Miller Chevrolet 113 2:09'07.348 42.085 6.842  
24 20 United States Harrison Burton Toyota 113 2:09'20.630 55.367 13.282  
25 16 United States A.J. Allmendinger   112 2:07'35.691 1 Lap 1 Lap 24
26 4 United States Jesse Little Chevrolet 112 2:07'35.777 1 Lap 0.086 5
27 93 United States Myatt Snider Chevrolet 112 2:07'35.870 1 Lap 0.093  
28 02 United States Brett Moffitt Chevrolet 112 2:07'35.876 1 Lap 0.006  
29 52 Kody Vanderwal Chevrolet 100 2:08'48.931 13 Laps 12 Laps  
30 7 United States Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 95 1:53'22.345 18 Laps 5 Laps 1
31 6 United States Ryan Vargas Chevrolet 92 1:46'51.576 21 Laps 3 Laps  
32 08 Joe Jr. Chevrolet 77 1:25'58.787 36 Laps 15 Laps  
33 0 United States Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet 76 1:27'19.778 37 Laps 1 Lap  
34 61 United States Austin Hill Toyota 75 1:23'27.161 38 Laps 1 Lap  
35 22 United States Austin Cindric Ford 75 1:23'28.563 38 Laps 1.402  
36 18 Riley Herbst Toyota 48 55'47.572 65 Laps 27 Laps  
37 15 Colby Howard Chevrolet 45 45'34.519 68 Laps 3 Laps 1

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