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Davidson: Snider wins his first Xfinity race at Homestead

Homestead, FL, Feb 27/21 (by John Davidson): After the Xfinity Series Contender Boats 250 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway , a first-time winner graced Victory Lane for the second week in a row this season. Last week Ty Gibbs won at Daytona's road course, this week it was Myatt Snider who crossed the finish line first, once again in a green-white-checker overtime finish.

A pair of Legend car graduates led the field to the green: Austin Cindric, current series champion started from the pole, with Daniel Hemric second, while the rest of the field was dominated by Noah Gragson after he started in 23rd place and moved through traffic to fifth place in under fifteen laps and fourth just a couple of laps later.

The first caution of the race came on lap 25 when Stefan Parsons spun in the fourth turn. In the caution pit stops, Daniel Hemric missed entering his pit stall and knocked down his tire carrier, who jumped back up. The impact was with one of the tires being carried and in spite of jumping back up, carrier Josh Shifflett later complained of rib pain and was replaced for the rest of the event.

Noah Gragson and Ty Dillon drove around Cindric at the restart but cars with new tires were running a couple of seconds a lap quicker and Justin Haley used his fresh Goodyears to move into a big lead over AJ Allmendinger while Cindric fell out of the top ten.

Going into the second Stage, fluid from Stefan Parsons' car caused a second non-Stage caution on lap 67 and this time, Cindric chose to stop for new tires. After restarting in 22nd place, Cindric moved to the lead in only two laps as he went on to the Stage 'win' and playoff points. Myatt Snider, Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst and Brandon Jones were the rest of the top five when the second Stage ended after 80 laps.

Cindric and Allmendinger headed the field starting the final Stage with two- and three-wide action behind them. Early in the Stage, Justin Allgaier brought out a further caution by moving up into Riley Herbst and slapping the wall.

Now leading until, with two laps left, the dominant Noah Gragson slammed into the rear of David Starr's when Starr's right front tire went down suddenly, sending the No. 13 up the track into Gragson's path. The resulting overtime restart had Allmendinger half-spin to cause another caution and restart.

The second overtime start saw Snider well into the lead with Brandon Jones almost taking second but Tyler Reddick used a good run to hold him off. Snider took the win followed by Tyler Reddick, Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton, Austin Cindric, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Sieg and Jeremy Clements the top ten at the checkered flag.

NOTE: NASCAR officials have disqualified the No. 23 Chevrolet of Tyler Reddick for failing post-race inspection after Saturday’s Xfinity Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.NOTE: NASCAR officials have disqualified the No. 23 Chevrolet of Tyler Reddick for failing post-race inspection after Saturday’s Xfinity Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.Reddick, a Cup Series regular, had driven the No. 23 to an apparent second-place result at the checkered flag in the Contender Boats 250. But his car failed the rear height requirement in post-race technical inspection, dropping Reddick to last in the 40-car field.

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