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DAVISON: Another Xfinity win for Ty Gibbs at Charlotte

Concord, NC, May 29/21 (by John Davison): Ty Gibbs notched his second win in six starts for the 2021 season, bouncing back from an early spin to dominate the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 over the final stage of the race. Gibbs started eighth on the grid for the Xfinity race but qualified on the pole for the ARCA General Tire 150 later Saturday with a gap of over a half second ahead of second-place Parker Chase.

Austin Cindric followed Gibbs to the line on the final lap by 0.437 second, with Harrison Burton third, Brandon Brown fourth and Tyler Reddick fifth.

Daniel Hemric dominated the early laps after taking the lead from pole-sitter Riley Herbst seven laps into the 200-lap race and stretching a comfortable lead after the lap 20 competition yellow and then a caution on lap 26 for a front-straight crash between Chad Finchum and Grant Enfinger.

Hemric appeared destined for domination in the race after leading 105 of the race’s first 114 laps until chase Briscoe bulled his way past into the lead. Six laps later the race’s sixth caution came and everyone pitted. This was a disastrous stop for Hemric who emerged from the pits in eighth place and then he was given a pit procedure penalty sending him to the back of the field.

Afther that Hemric made a dramatic charge back up through the fielda dn he was in fifth place when the race’s final caution came – a multi-car pileup which knocked Hemrick out of the race with just 14 laps remaining.

But aps, but he lost control and the resultant multi-car crash knocked him out of the race with 14 laps left in the 200-lapper.

Now Gibbs came up to challenge Briscoe for the lead. In a battle with Gibbs, Briscoe got loose from aero packing and spun down the back straight apron on lap 181 before continuing to finish sixth.

Gibbs took the restart in the lead with Harrison Burton next to him, followed by Austin Cindric and Justin Haley with 14 laps reamining. The final caution came for a multi-car crash involving Hemric, Haley, and Brandon Jones. Hemric spun up the track, taking out Alex Haley and Brandon Jones, with the 9, 1, 44, 98 all receiving various levels of damage as well.

Gibbs kept the lead with Harrison Burton and Cindric battling for second, Cindric took the position, followed by Tyler Reddick and Ty Dillon. Gibbs held onto the lead, taking the win over Cindric by 0.437 second.

"I just want to say sorry to the 99 (Chase Briscoe) and Chase and his crew," said Gibbs after the race. "I didn't hit him, but I definitely helped him out with him getting loose there and it was not my intention. Already wrecked myself so, I just want to say sorry to them more importantly than this entire win.

Runner-up Austin Cindric commented that the team: "really picked residency in P4 for much of the day, so, honestly, all-in-all P2 is not bad. You obviously want to win the race and we put ourselves in position to have a shot and some days that's all you can ask for.”

Chase Briscoe commented that: "We were really good the two previous runs and we tightened up and the track tightened up as well and I was just struggling to even maintain my lead. I knew about lap 10 of that run I was gonna be in trouble just because I was already building tight. Ty was gonna get me, I think, either way. ... It's frustrating to lead that many laps and come away sixth, but that's part of it. He's going for a win. I'm going for a win and there's gonna be contact in close racing. I can't complain either way."

The next Xfinity race is scheduled for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (a road course) next Saturday, June 5th.

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