Myatt Snider snags first Xfinity Series win in double overtime at Miami
Myatt Snider took his first NASCAR Xfinity Series win.
Noah Gragson got heartbreak again at Homestead Miami Speedway.
With a perfect execution from the inside lane on his second chance at a restart in extra time, Snider held back Tyler Reddick to win the Contender Boats 250 on Saturday.
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For his third straight race on the 1.5-mile course, Gragson was close enough to taste the victory, but it was his unfortunate fall with just over two regular laps that sparked overtime and Snider's victory.
However, Reddick's second place was not. His No. 23 Chevrolet was disqualified after the post-race inspection because the ride height in the rear was too low.
On the first attempt to do additional laps, Snider spun his tires and Reddick took the lead before AJ Allmendinger turned towards the infield grass at Turn 1 to cause the eighth and final caution.
In the second extension, Reddick returned the favor and Snider pulled free in the bottom lane. With a determined load on the final lap, Reddick gained ground, but he was 0.085 seconds behind when Snider crossed the finish line in the Richard Childress Racing # 2 Chevrolet.
"Yeah, I think I learned my lesson on that first restart because I spun the wheels," said Snider, who won on his 36th start in the series. “Then I saw Tyler spin the wheels the next one and I knew I might have a chance.
“Just a shoutout to all of these RCR people, (sponsor) Taxslayer, all of these people who have supported me over the years. It's been a tough journey but we are here with a win and I can't complain. "
Reddick, who drives full-time for RCR in the NASCAR Cup series, has been in the moonlight with RSS Racing, making his first run with Xfinity since winning his second straight title in Miami in 2019.
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"I just had to work better with Austin Cindric there on this restart (restarting fourth for the last few hours of overtime)," said Reddick. "I don't know if I just didn't leave when he wanted to, but it didn't allow me to be pushed - so that's up to me."
"He's really good at pushing. So I have to do better next time. But hey, I'll take second place. I work with Myatt quite a bit. I've seen him make a lot of progress. I knew this Wasn't far around the corner. I was just hoping it wouldn't come here in Homestead if I raced against him ... I wanted to fight. I wanted to make it as hard as possible but he didn't get me there until the end Caught. "
Gragson was about two laps away from a redeeming victory when David Starr's No. 13 Toyota - the last driver on the lead lap - blew a right front tire and shot the track into the outside wall and right into Gragson's path.
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Gragson, who drove 83 and 81 laps in the two races in Miami last year but also failed to win, couldn't escape the collision that destroyed his JR Motorsports # 9 Chevrolet. At the time, Gragson was leading runner-up Reddick by more than eight seconds.
"What are you going to do," said Gragson after visiting the Infield Care Center. “We have dominated the last three races here, including this one, and things like that (happen). We saved fuel. I gave half throttle for the last 30 laps and we still pulled back. "
The first stage of the race was eventful - but not primarily for Stefan Parsons Spin in Turn 4 on lap 26 or for Daniel Hemric, who, with the resulting caution, missed his pit stop and threw his tire carrier on the sidewalk.
What Stage 1 demonstrated with staggering clarity was the tremendous value of fresh tires on the abrasive asphalt surface. AJ Allmendinger started again on fresh tires with 10 laps remaining in 25th place and eight laps later took the lead from Kaulig Racing team-mate Justin Haley.
Allmendinger won the stage with Haley in second place after restarting in 20th place and taking the lead on lap 33 before handing over the top spot to his teammate. The reigning series champion Cindric, on the other hand, stayed outside during the caution, started again with old tires at the front and fell back to 14th place at the end of the 10-lap run.
The second stage was the mirror image of the first stage. When the fluid from Parsons' car called for the third warning of the race on lap 68, drivers who had stayed outside on lap 26 to rescue a set of tires came out into the pit lane - Cindric among them you.
Allmendinger led the field to a new start with six laps left in the second stage. Cindric restarted in 22nd and took the lead in less than three laps on the way to a stage win and a playoff point.
At the end of the stage, on lap 83, pit stops followed, during which almost all drivers stayed on the same rubber for the last run and two sets of sticker tires remained in the pits. In terms of track position, however, the swap preferred those who pitted late in Stage 2 and stormed to the front.
During the fourth warning, Cindric was the first to lead the pit lane and led the field to green on lap 87. But neither Cindric nor Allmendinger were important players in extra time. Brandon Jones finished second, followed by Hemric and Jeb Burton. Cindric, Haley, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Sieg, Jeremy Clements and Josh Berry completed the top 10.
Xfinity stalwarts Harrison Burton and Justin Allgaier were the first two drivers of the race, Burton with and engine failure and Allgaier after contact with Riley Herbst's Ford on lap 98.
NOTES: Race winner Myatt Snider's # 2 Chevrolet passed the post-race inspection at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tyler Reddick's # 23 Chevrolet was disqualified after failing the post-race inspection. The car failed to meet the rear height requirements and dropped Reddick after finishing second in the 40-car field. Josh Berry's No. 8 Chevrolet, AJ Allmendinger's No. 16 Chevrolet, Brandon Jones’s Toyota No. 19, and Jeremy Clements’s No. 51 Chevrolet each had an unsecured wheel nut.
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