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(BRISTOL, TN) Race #9 of the ASRS Xfinity Series took the drivers to the Bristol Motor Speedway for a 200 lap or 85 minute whichever came first event. It would be a full field of forty-three drivers going for one of the thirty-two starting spots. Leading qualifying would be Nolan Sutton with Jonathan Holstein to his outside. The rest of the top 5 were as followed, Sam Maxwell 3rd, Cole Eastman 4th, and Jake Douglas 5th. The top 5 saw a few new faces to the Xfinity Series with Sutton an Eastman making their debuts in the series.
The race would be much like Sportsman Truck Series on Sunday night with a very caution filled event. It would see sixteen caution flags for eighty laps. Would also see Eight different lead changes between five different drivers. Jake Douglas would lead the most laps with 86. Other drivers leading at least a lap would be Justin Brown, Jonathan Holstein, Allan Young, and Nolan Sutton. If we took the time to cover every yellow flag incident it would take a long time to get through this report. As mentioned before the race was scheduled for 200 laps or 85 minutes. That time limit would come into play. The 85 minute time clock would end the race after 181 laps were complete. It cut the race 19 laps short from the originally scheduled distance. The first half of the race saw Jake Douglas dominate leading the race as it appeared he was on his was to his 3rd ASRS Xfinity Win in 2017. However a pit stop roughly 60 laps in would put Douglas back in traffic for the first time.
It would shake the field up and made for some good racing in the top 5 with drivers battling for position and the race lead. With Douglas pitting it would hand the lead over to Justin Brown shortly after the green flag came back out. Once Brown got to the lead he would not look back as he would have to fend off late race challenges from Ty Hester, Sam Maxwell, Jake Douglas, and Dylan Hickey. Justin Brown would hang on and survive a 1 lap dash back to the checkered flag when the time limit ran out just as the field was going back green from a yellow flag. Joining in the top 5 would be Sam Maxwell 2nd, Jake Douglas 3rd, Robby Baskins 4th, and Jared Mogard would round out the top 5. Maxwell would gain some points on the point leader Ty Hester who finished 6th just behind Mogard. After Race #9 the current eight drivers who are in the playoffs which starts in just 3 races (Richmond, Talladega, and Kentucky) are as followed: Ty Hester hangs on to the point lead with Sam Maxwell 2nd, Justin Brown 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Jonathan Holstein 5th, Zac Bozanich 6th, Allan Young 7th, and currently 8th is Jim Foose.
The Xfinity Series is back in action April 25th for another short track event from the Richmond International Raceway for a 125 lap event. As for racing action next Tuesday April 18th the Sam Maxwell Customs Truck Series is in action from Richmond for a 100 lap event. That race you can of course catch on Off Camber TV’s Youtube channel.