Fresh off his initial NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, Austin Cindric is currently steak-ing his insurance claim for a repeat. Starting from the post, he held back Brett Moffitt in overtime to win the season-opening Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

Cindric was put on the post after certifying was terminated as a result of rainfall, as well as using 2020’s proprietor factors indicated champion runner-up Justin Allgaier began 2nd. While Cindric as well as Riley Herbst would certainly see very early success by hanging out in the lead, the very same can not be stated for DGM Racing as their vehicle drivers highlighted the initial 3 warns: Alex Labbé rotated on lap 5 after being clipped by Ty Dillon, adhered to by Josh Williams‘ auto quiting on the backstretch on lap 11 for a level left-rear tire as well as a spin 8 laps later on.

Although Herbst, brand-new to Stewart-Haas Racing, led for much of the opening phase, he would certainly shed the section win to previous Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Brandon Jones by simply .004 of a 2nd. Dillon, the fastest motorist in Friday’s method, completed third in the phase in advance of Cindric, Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Allgaier, Harrison Burton, Ryan Sieg, as well as Brandon Brown.

Sieg, that changed to Ford start in 2021, led for much of Stage #2 prior to being gone by Camping World Truck Series full-timer Moffitt. On lap 62, as Moffitt went across the line for the phase win, the initial significant wreckage of the day happened when Jones boiled down in the tri-oval as well as clipped by Myatt Snider, sending him with the lawn as well as right into the outdoors wall surface; as his auto moved down the track, Cody Ware was not able to prevent him. Labbé likewise rammed Jones.

Dillon completed second in the phase, adhered to by Cindric, Haley, Brown, Sieg, Jeremy Clements, Snider, Gragson, as well as Josh Berry.

Cindric led the area to the begin of Stage #3. After 10 laps, as much of the area prepared to pit under environment-friendly, Michael Annett rotated up the training course, activating a multi-car collision that accumulated Sieg, Robby Lyons, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Gray Gaulding, Colby Howard, as well as Bayley Currey. Lyons rammed a safety and security vehicle after a miscommunication with his watchman, that was consequently gotten to the NASCAR hauler.

“Thankful that everyone on the AMR safety crew are safe after last night. I wasn’t made aware that the apron in T3 was impassable. Tower had communicated multiple instructions to the spotter but I was told nothing. LF tire came apart as my car enters T3,” Lyons began in a Twitter thread. “I understood that if I had actually secured the brakes, I was mosting likely to be sharp towards the rear of the rescue. I released the brakes to transform the auto right as well as avoid it as well as slow down the auto on the the financial, as well as there was absolutely nothing I can do to maintain it from moving down.

“I personally requested to meet with the head of the AMR safety crew following the incident to express my sincere apologies and cover the incident in detail as I had earlier with series Director Wayne Auton. I’m thankful that when we all left the race track last night, we were all able to put the incident behind us and that everyone was safe in what was a scary yet preventable situation. I know myself and my team will make the necessary changes moving forward.”

Burton would certainly appreciate the lengthiest stretch in the front as the race struck the triple-digit mark, leading twenty-eight laps. Yet one more Big One happened on lap 106, this moment including the leaders, when Dillon obtained loosened while obtaining a press from Joe Gibbs Racing team-mate Hemric subsequently 3. Allgaier, Herbst, Brown, Justin Haley, Timmy Hill, Jeb Burton, Josh Berry, Danny Bohn, to name a few were likewise targets of the wreckage.

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Cindric took the lead as the race returned to on lap 113, however what would certainly be the last wreckage took place 2 laps later on when Landon Cassill was hooked by Burton as well as Tommy Joe Martins by Jeremy Clements in the tri-oval, sending out Cassill as well as Martins rotating as well as the latter with the infield; Martins’ splitter went into the damp lawn, damaging his front end. Cassill as well as Martins, both competing for little groups, had actually been defending top-ten settings.

“Hated that for Landon and his team,” Burton tweeted. “I don’t just wreck people. I believe he wasn’t aware I was outside of him.”

In overtime, a solid reactivate maintained Cindric ahead while Moffitt as well as both Burtons were not able to capture up as he retreated for his nine profession triumph. Besides being Team Penske‘s initial Xfinity win at Daytona, Cindric likewise came to be the 2nd motorist to win an Xfinity title adhered to by the Daytona opener the list below year, signing up with Randy LaJoie that won the 1996 champion as well as 1997 opener. LaJoie, papa of existing Cup Series motorist Corey, would certainly likewise take place to win the 1997 title.

The win proceeds what has actually been an active Speedweeks for Cindric, that will certainly make his Cup début in Sunday’s Daytona 500 for Penske.

“What an awesome race,” Cindric specified. “What a really fast Verizon 5G Ford Mustang. Unbelievable effort by everyone at Team Penske. Obviously, coming off a lot of momentum winning that championship last year, but nothing is guaranteed and keep working hard.”

With Daytona’s track record for underdog success, various other noteworthy coatings consisted of Brandon Gdovic as well as Sam Hunt Racing scoring their first leading 10 in 8th as well as Jason White ending up tenth in his initial NASCAR race given that given that 2014. Joe Graf Jr. lost of a leading 10 however taped his profession finest surface of eleventh, an accomplishment likewise achieved by Caesar Bacarella in twelfth. Brown’s sixth-place surface connections his finest on a superspeedway, together likewise at Daytona, in 2019.

Race outcomes

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 1 22 Austin Cindric Team Penske Ford 122 Running
2 15 02 Brett Moffitt* Our Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
3 8 20 Harrison Burton Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 122 Running
4 7 10 Jeb Burton Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 122 Running
5 31 16 A.J. Allmendinger Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 122 Running
6 14 68 Brandon Brown Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
7 11 2 Myatt Snider Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 122 Running
8 39 26 Brandon Gdovic Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 122 Running
9 12 18 Daniel Hemric Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 122 Running
10 40 23 Jason White RSS Racing Ford 122 Running
11 18 07 Joe Graf Jr. SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 122 Running
12 38 90 Caesar Bacarella B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
13 36 99 Stefan Parsons B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
14 32 54 Ty Dillon Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 122 Running
15 34 47 Kyle Weatherman Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 122 Running
16 27 5 Matt Mills B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
17 24 78 Jesse Little B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
18 21 6 Ryan Vargas JD Motorsports Chevrolet 122 Running
19 28 48 Danny Bohn* Big Machine Racing Chevrolet 122 Running
20 37 66 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Ford 121 Running
21 17 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 120 Running
22 16 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 120 Running
23 33 4 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 114 Accident
24 22 44 Tommy Joe Martins Martins Motorsports Chevrolet 114 Accident
25 23 61 Robby Lyons MBM Motorsports Toyota 105 Accident
26 4 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 105 Accident
27 9 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 104 Accident
28 2 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 104 Accident
29 3 11 Justin Haley Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 104 Accident
30 26 13 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Ford 104 Accident
31 13 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 81 DVP
32 5 9 Noah Gragson JR Motorsports Chevrolet 76 Accident
33 30 74 Bayley Currey* Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 75 Accident
34 35 52 Gray Gaulding Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 75 Accident
35 20 15 Colby Howard JD Motorsports Chevrolet 75 Accident
36 10 1 Michael Annett JR Motorsports Chevrolet 74 Accident
37 25 0 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 74 Accident
38 6 19 Brandon Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 Accident
39 29 17 Cody Ware* SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 60 Accident
40 19 36 Alex Labbé DGM Racing Chevrolet 60 Accident
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* – Ineligible for Xfinity factors