Ty Gibbs won the Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night, passing Ryan Sieg on the final lap of double overtime.
After a tumultuous NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ty Gibbs has once again emerged victorious after taking the lead on the final lap marking his second win of the season and his sixth overall.
Austin Hill, the winner at Daytona, was second, followed by AJ Allmendinger, Riley Herbst, and Landon Cassill in that order. Mason Massey placed sixth, which was his highest finish of the season. In the previous 26 Xfinity races, he had finished 17th. Seventh place went to Brandon Jones. Kyle Weatherman tied for eighth place, which was a personal best for him.
Ty Gibbs, 19, has won numerous races in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, from his series debut to dominating a road circuit, and now to victory on a pseudo-superspeedway with a last-lap overtime move. Gibbs won his sixth Xfinity race of his career and his first at the newly redesigned Atlanta Motor Speedway thanks to a solid finish on the last lap.
Noah Gragson, who won last week in Phoenix and had one of his 2021 trips to Atlanta cut short due to a brawl with current Kaulig Racing Cup teammate Daniel Hemric, began on the pole and led until the competition caution.
On the restart, Gragson maintained his lead, but JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry eventually won the stage; JRM drivers dominated the top four, with Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Sam Mayer following. Trevor Bayne, Austin Hill, Jeb Burton, Brandon Brown, Brandon Jones, and Sheldon Creed finished second and third, respectively.
There were ten distinct race leaders and 11 separate changes at the front. Ten cautions, one red flag, and two overtime restarts slowed the race down.
Gragson’s race took a turn for the worst after he collided with the wall on lap 51, dropping him a lap behind the leaders. A.J. Allmendinger was in front of Hemric, Jade Buford, Tommy Joe Martins, Sage Karam, Creed, Brown, Hill, Trevor Bayne, and Jeb Burton at the finish of the stage.
Buford and Jeremy Clements were involved in the first wreck of the day on lap 105, which was followed by an accident that claimed Joe Graf Jr. and Hemric. Mayer was the first to spin on lap 128, followed by Creed, Berry, and Brown ten circuits later. On lap 152, the largest crash of the night occurred, resulting in the collection of twelve drivers on the frontstretch.
Under the next caution laps, Myatt Snider was the leader, but a shower of sparks knocked him off the pace at the restart, and he was bumped from behind by Herbst on the frontstretch, though he avoided contact with the field.
The incident ended in overtime, only for another caution to be issued after many drivers collided again, necessitating a twelve-minute cleanup red flag.
For the second overtime shot, Ryan Sieg and Hill were in the front row. Hill was leading at the time of the white flag, but as they entered turn one, Gibbs found a run on the inside and passed him for the lead and subsequently the victory. After winning in Las Vegas a fortnight ago, he is the first repeat winner of the 2022 Xfinity season.
Both NASCAR support races at Atlanta on Saturday ended with a Toyota driver completing a final-lap pass in the tri-oval for the win, thanks to the overtake. Gibbs’ opponent for the 2021 ARCA Menards Series championship, Corey Heim, made the similar move earlier in the day in the Camping World Truck Series race.
NASCAR Xfinity series Race results – Atlanta speedway
|1||4||54||Ty Gibbs||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||172||Running|
|2||14||21||Austin Hill||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|3||7||16||A.J. Allmendinger||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|4||24||98||Riley Herbst||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||172||Running|
|5||10||10||Landon Cassill||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|6||26||91||Mason Massey||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|7||3||19||Brandon Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||172||Running|
|8||28||92||Kyle Weatherman||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|9||13||2||Sheldon Creed||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|10||9||39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||Ford||172||Running|
|11||21||66||J.J. Yeley||MBM Motorsports||Ford||172||Running|
|12||32||6||Ryan Vargas||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|13||19||26||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Sam Hunt Racing||Toyota||172||Running|
|14||16||02||Brett Moffitt||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|15||12||27||Jeb Burton||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|16||27||23||Anthony Alfredo||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|17||35||35||Shane Lee||Emerling-Gase Motorsports||Toyota||172||Running|
|18||11||68||Brandon Brown||Brandonbilt Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|19||17||36||Alex Labbé||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|20||37||45||Tommy Joe Martins||Alpha Prime Racing||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|21||15||1||Sam Mayer||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|22||36||78||Josh Williams||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|23||23||07||Joe Graf Jr.||SS-Green Light Racing||Ford||172||Running|
|24||31||28||Kyle Sieg||RSS Racing||Ford||172||Running|
|25||25||99||Stefan Parsons||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|26||1||9||Noah Gragson||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|27||38||34||Jesse Iwuji||Jesse Iwuji Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|28||5||18||Trevor Bayne||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||172||Running|
|29||20||4||Bayley Currey||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||172||Running|
|30||22||31||Myatt Snider||Jordan Anderson Racing||Chevrolet||171||Running|
|31||33||5||Matt Mills||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||165||Accident|
|32||29||44||Sage Karam||Alpha Prime Racing||Chevrolet||154||Accident|
|33||2||8||Josh Berry||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||153||Accident|
|34||6||7||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||152||Accident|
|35||8||11||Daniel Hemric||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||113||Accident|
|36||34||38||Loris Hezemans*||RSS Racing||Toyota||112||Accident|
|37||18||51||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing||Chevrolet||106||Accident|
|38||30||48||Jade Buford||Big Machine Racing Team||Chevrolet||105||Accident|