(CONCORD, NC) Zac Bozanich made the most of the action at Charlotte Tuesday night as the Xfinity Series took the “Beast of the Southeast”. A relatively warm track under the Musco lights led to a track that lent itself to great racing with the grip level high and cars sticking like glue to the high banks.
High grip also lends itself to another issue as cars run bunched together and Charlotte has developed multiple grooves over the past few races, leading to plenty of side by side racing. Put that together with 29 drivers all wanting to take the checkered flag first and you have a wild race, and that’s exactly what we saw Tuesday night.
Michael Atkins, Jr. led the field to the green flag with Ty Hester along the outside for the green flag. The green flag didn’t last long as John Kennedy’s #89 and Jamie Vaughn made contact entering turn three, Vaughn would spin back up the track and collect several drivers as he spun across the racing surface at the exit of turn four. Fortunately for many drivers, they took to the grass and avoided disaster.
Back green, the action picked up allowing for a longer green flag run, where drivers learned about tire falloff, searching for different grooves as the handling went away and general battles for track position. The race saw five lead changes among three drivers, Atkins led a race high 41 laps before spinning off turn two late in the going, Ty Hester led eight laps and Zac Bozanich took the lead for the final lead change.
Bozanich would take his first Xfinity Series victory with Eric Barile in second, Alex Bates third, Jared Mogard and Justin Vaughn rounded out the top five.
Justin Vaughn opened up his points lead to 8 points over Jim Foose as the Xfinity Series takes a month break before returning to action in the TM Digital Concepts 125 at Kentucky Speedway June 28th.