(HAMPTON, GA) Atlanta Motor Speedway, long known as the second oldest surface in NASCAR, has become a home to many great races over the years and every time ASRS heads to the Peach State a few common themes come up; tire wear, fuel mileage and pit road speeding penalties. Fortunately, the pit road penalties were kept to a minimum.
Josh Mayeu led the field with Robby Baskins on the outside as the Xfinity Series went green for 125 miles. Mayeu’s lead was short lived as Baskins took the lead before one lap was completed. Jamie Vaughn took a shot at the lead before contact with the outside wall sent the #19 backwards. The first of two cautions flew on lap 11 as Josh Mayeu crashed, Robert Moyer, Jr. was also involved in the incident and both drivers retired from the event.
The restart saw new faces emerge towards the front as a hard charging Steve Buhala rallied into the top five while Baskins fended off challenges from Joe Johnson and Justin Vaughn. Green flag pit stops shook up the running order momentarily as Baskins pitted leaving Jim Foose on the track to lead a lap, Zack Calloway followed suit and led a lap before pitting.
The pit stops fell just outside of the pit window, which was between 28 and 35 laps. Many drivers were forced into fuel conservation mode before a caution flew on lap 68 for Sam Collum slow on the track after contact with the wall .
The restart saw a shootout as drivers went three and at one point four wide as they battled for the win. Baskins pulled away from the chaos to take the win followed by Joe Johnson second, Justin Vaughn third after making a daring three wide pass, championship leader Jim Foose was fourth and Steve Buhala brought his #43 home in fifth.
Foose leads the Xfinity Series standings after four races by 10 points over Sam Collum. The series returns to action April 19th at Richmond International Raceway.