The Xfinity race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway saw multiple caution flags, including a collision between Ceasar Vacarella and Joev Gase that led to the first caution on the second lap. Justin Allgaier’s crash ended the second stage of the race, causing the driver to express his disappointment with the number of cautions, saying he was “embarrassed by our sport right now just because of the way this has gone.” Austin Hill clinched his third victory of the NASCAR Xfinity season, securing a home-track win at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Hill held off Daniel Hemric to continue his dominant start to the season with three victories in five races. The Richard Childress Racing team secured another win as Hill, a native of Winston, Georgia, added a home-track victory to his already impressive season. The Xfinity series moves to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, next Saturday.
Austin Hill secures third win in NASCAR Xfinity season
Austin Hill clinched his third victory of the NASCAR Xfinity season, overcoming a record-setting day of cautions in doubleheader Xfinity and truck series races. The win was secured at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night, holding off Daniel Hemric to continue his dominant start to the season with three victories in five races. Hill had previously won at Daytona on February 18th and Las Vegas on March 4th. Hill, a native of Winston, Georgia, also secured a home-track victory for the Richard Childress Racing team.
Hill’s win amidst record-setting day of cautions
There were 11 cautions during the Atlanta race, the most for an Xfinity race in Atlanta, which knocked out 12 drivers. The final caution was with eight laps remaining, and Hill was holding a slim lead over Parker Kligerman in a battle of Chevrolets. The race resumed with two laps remaining, and Hill held on as Kligerman wrecked before the finish line, finishing fourth. Ryan Truex secured the third spot. The chaos near the finish line threatened to take the win from Hill, who managed to save it.
Frustration for Josh Williams
One of the cautions in the first stage led to a frustrated Josh Williams making an unusual exit. He left his car parked on the start-finish line for dramatic effect after debris came off his No. 92 Chevrolet, and he was ordered by NASCAR to park his vehicle. Williams parked his car on the checkered start-finish line, climbed out, and walked toward his pit crew with a wave to the fans. He angrily complained to his crew on his radio before exiting his car, stating it was “apparently” NASCAR regulations to park your vehicle following a wreck “of any kind.” Williams was taken to the infield care center and then escorted to his team hauler without speaking to reporters.
Record-setting day of cautions
Eleven cautions were also recorded in Christian Eckes’ second career truck series win earlier on Saturday, setting an Atlanta record.
Xfinity Race Sets Multiple Cautions
The Xfinity race at Atlanta Motor Speedway saw multiple caution flags. The first caution was on the second lap due to a collision between Ceasar Vacarella and Joev Gase. The second caution followed just ten laps later, with additional slowdowns throughout the race, including a crash by Justin Allgaier, which ended the second stage. Allgaier expressed his disappointment with the number of cautions in the race, saying he was “embarrassed by our sport right now just because of the way this has gone.” The Xfinity series moves to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, next Saturday.
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