Chastain out-duels Allgaier for first Xfinity Series win

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Chastain out-duels Allgaier for first Xfinity Series win
Jim Utter
By: Jim Utter
Sep 16, 2018, 12:12 AM

Ross Chastain sealed the deal this time.

Race winner Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro DC Solar
Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro DC Solar
Race winner Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro DC Solar
Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro DC Solar
Race winner Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro DC Solar

In his second NASCAR Xfinity Series start this season with Chip Ganassi Racing, Chastain once again swept both stage wins but this time added the victory, winning Saturday’s DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The win is Chastain’s first win in 132 career starts.

At Darlington (S.C.) Raceway two weeks ago, Chastain won both stages in his debut with CGR but was involved in an incident with Kevin Harvick in the final stage that knocked both out of contention.

Chastain cleared Allgaier on a restart with six of 200 laps remaining and held on to win by more than a second.

“Holy cow! I’m just a watermelon farmer from Florida. I’m not supposed to do that,” Chastain said. “This shows you anything in your life is possible. I gave one away at Darlington and this was awesome racing.

“I never thought this would happen. It’s incredible. (Justin) Allgaier was awesome. He’s insane. I had to play possum there (on the restarts) and then changed it up. The car was just amazing.

“This was all we could ask for. We did it.”

Cole Custer finished third, Christopher Bell was fourth and Elliott Sadler completed the top-five.

Saturday’s race was also the regular season finale and Allgaier wrapped up the regular season title and will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

Also competing for the 2018 Xfinity Series championship are Custer, Bell, Daniel Hemric, Sadler, Tyler Reddick, Brandon Jones, Matt Tifft, Ryan Truex, Ryan Reed, Chastain and Austin Cindric.

On Lap 125, Ryan Preece spun exiting Turn 2 to bring out a caution. All of the led-lap cars pit for fuel and tires.

Chastain was the first off pit road and remained in the lead on the restart with 71 laps left. He was followed by Custer and Allgaier.

With 65 laps remaining, Allgaier moved into the lead as Chastain dropped to second and Custer moved into third.

Chastain got around Allgaier with 52 laps remaining to reclaim the lead as Custer moved up into second and Allgaier dropped to third.

Just as some drivers had started some green-flag pit stops, Vinnie Miller spun to bring out a caution on Lap 176.

As they had the whole race, Chastain was first off pit road and remained in the lead on the restart with 20 laps remaining. He was followed by Allgaier, Reddick, Custer and Bell.

With 18 to go, Reddick backed off and came down the track and into Chase Briscoe, who slammed hard into the interior wall, completing destroying his No. 60 Ford. Briscoe sat down next to his car for several minutes after exiting the vehicle before climbing into the ambulance for a ride to the care center.

On the restart with 13 laps left, Chastain remained out front, followed by Allgaier, Spencer Gallagher, Bell and Custer.

Shortly after the restart, Reddick was attempting to block Jones when he drifted down the track into Shane Lee, who then went up the track and into Hemric triggering another caution.

Chastain still held the lead on the restart with six laps to go, followed by Allgaier, Bell, Custer and Truex.

Stage 2

Chastain continued his dominance, leading 86 of the first 90 laps on his way to the Stage 2 victory.

Custer ended up second, Hemric third, Bell fourth and Allgaier completed the top-five.

Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, Chastain was first off pit road and led the way when the race returned to green on Lap 52. He was followed by Sadler, Custer and Bell.

With 30 laps remaining in the second stage, Chastain held a solid lead over Hemric. Sadler was in third, Custer fourth and Allgaier fifth.

On Lap 64, Tifft suddenly turned left and spun down the track and into Reed. Reed’s No. 16 Ford then went up the track and hit the wall. Both cars received heavy damage.

After getting out of his car, Reed sat down against the car door before getting in the ambulance and taken to the infield care center. He was not injured.

“Knocked the wind out of me pretty bad,” Reed said. “I’m all good. Nothing broken. Will be sore tomorrow.”

The race returned to green on Lap 71 and Hemric got a push and took over the race lead for the first time.

Chastain wasted no time in running down Hemric on the outside and retook the lead on Lap 72.

With 10 laps left in the second stage, Chastain had moved out to a more than one-second lead over Hemric. They were followed by Custer, Bell and Allgaier.

Stage 1

Chastain led all but three laps on his way to a dominating Stage 1 victory over Bell.

Sadler ended up third, Custer was fourth and Hemric completed the top-five.

Custer, the pole winner, led the first three laps until Chastain powered around him and into the top spot on Lap 4.

On Lap 6, Michael Annett and Preece made contact on the frontstretch to bring out a caution. The race returned to green on Lap 12 with Chastain in the lead, followed by Custer and Sadler.

Preece was forced to pit under green on Lap 15 to address what appeared to be a tire rub.

With 20 laps remaining in the first stage, Chastain held nearly a second lead over Bell followed by Custer, Sadler and Hemric.

With 10 laps left in the stage, Chastain built a 1.3-second lead over Bell with Custer remaining in third.

Garrett Smithley had to start the race from the rear of the field due to a wreck in qualifying and moving to a backup car.

Tifft had to start from the rear and had to make a pass-through penalty on pit road after taking the green flag for failing pre-qualifying inspection four times on Saturday. In addition, He his car chief was ejected from the track and he will also receive a 10-point penalty.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Laps Led
1 42 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 200   180
2 7 United States Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 200 1.629 16
3 00 United States Cole Custer  Ford 200 1.856 3
4 20 United States Christopher Bell  Toyota 200 2.859  
5 1 United States Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 200 3.540  
6 18 United States Ryan Preece  Toyota 200 4.149  
7 19 United States Brandon Jones  Toyota 200 4.572  
8 11 United States Ryan Truex  Chevrolet 200 5.194  
9 22 United States Austin Cindric  Ford 200 5.217  
10 23 United States Spencer Gallagher  Chevrolet 200 5.858  
11 38 United States J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 200 6.804  
12 39 United States Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 200 7.187  
13 51 United States Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 200 8.306  
14 4 United States Landon Cassill  Chevrolet 200 8.568  
15 35 United States Joey Gase  Chevrolet 200 9.119  
16 36 Canada Alex Labbé  Chevrolet 200 10.083  
17 8 United States Ray Black Jr.  Chevrolet 198 2 laps  
18   United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 197 3 laps  
19 15 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 197 3 laps  
20 90 United States Josh Williams  Chevrolet 196 4 laps  
21 78 United States Cole Rouse  Chevrolet 194 6 laps  
22 76 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 194 6 laps  
23 26 Max Tullman  Ford 192 8 laps  
24 55 Bayley Currey  Toyota 191 9 laps  
25 40 United States Chad Finchum  Chevrolet 191 9 laps  
26 01 United States Vinnie Miller  Chevrolet 191 9 laps  
27 45 United States Josh Bilicki  Toyota 190 10 laps  
28 9 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 188 12 laps  
29 21 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 188 12 laps 1
30 3 United States Shane Lee  Chevrolet 188 12 laps  
31 60 United States Chase Briscoe  Ford 181 19 laps  
32 52 United States David Starr  Chevrolet 145 55 laps  
33 74 United States Mike Harmon  Chevrolet 93 107 laps  
34 66 United States Timmy Hill  Dodge 74 126 laps  
35 16 United States Ryan Reed  Ford 64 136 laps  
36 2 United States Matt Tifft  Chevrolet 63 137 laps  
37 13 United States Stan Mullis  Dodge 51 149 laps  
38 72 John Jackson  Toyota 30 170 laps  
39 93 United States Jeff Green  Chevrolet 18 182 laps  
40 5 United States Michael Annett  Chevrolet 5 195 laps  

 

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Las Vegas II
Drivers Ross Chastain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Jim Utter
Article type Race report