(RICHMOND, VA) Richmond International Speedway for a 125 lap event was the storyline for the Xfinity Series as they had their 10th event of the 2017 season. There were thirty-six drivers who showed up to try and make the thirty-two car starting field. Qualifying seen Jake Douglas sit on the pole with Justin Brown 2nd, Tom Giannini 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, and Ty Hester 5th. It was a caution filled event which continued the recent trend for the ASRS competitors as of late. There were twelve caution flag periods for sixty laps. That would be just shy of half the race run under yellow. There were nine lead changes between seven different drivers. The theme of the night was the field pacing under yellow as the pace car spent a lot of time on the racing surface tonight. Along with the slow pace that the night seen it would also see a lot of the point contenders have issues tonight.
Ty Hester who came into Richmond leading the points would have a tough night being caught up in a few accidents not of his own making. Also Justin Brown another driver in the top 3 in points would have a rough night as well. Other notables the 8th place driver in the standings Jim Foose who held the final playoff spot in the Xfinity Series would have car issues and miss the first 10 laps of the event costing him a good point day as well. The last big storyline in the point series was Jason Stewart who was 9th in the points coming into tonight failed to qualify for the event. Stewart was just 1 point out of the 8th and final playoff spot.
There were several yellows as mentioned before but during the few green flag laps the drivers did get seen good racing up in the top 5 between the top finishers at the end of the evening. The last eight lap dash to the end seen Tom Giannini and Jared Mogard have a good battle for the lead and eventual win. Jared Mogard would make the pass on Giannini with just a handful to go before the final yellow waved. Off the restart Mogard would rocket to the lead driving away for the final four laps to claim his 15th Career ASRS Victory and his 2nd on the 2017 ASRS Xfinity Series Season. We caught up with Mogard following the event and he had this to say “It feels good to get back to victory lane here at ASRS. I thought we had thrown away our chances at the W when we got a speeding penalty but were able to drive back through the field and survive to have a shot. We had a great battle with Tom at the end and it was clean racing so got to thank him for racing me clean as well. I want to thank my Sponsors Twitchy Race Reports, Captain/Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and lastly to my team Maxxed Out Motorsports and to my teammates. Now hopefully we can repeat this tomorrow in the Super Late Models.”
The top 8 drivers after Race #10 with just two events before the playoffs are as followed. Sam Maxwell takes over the point lead with Hester’s tough luck. There’s a tie for 2nd with Justin Brown being scored 2nd, Ty Hester 3rd, Jared Mogard 4th, Allan Young moved up two spots to 5th, Zac Bozanich 6th, Tom Giannini jumped up three spots into the playoff picture in 7th, and holding the final spot in the playoffs is Jonathan Holstein who actually LOST three spots in the standings in 8th. Jim Foose and Brad Cross are 9th and 10th respectively just twelve points out of the final spot with just two events left before the playoffs start. The ASRS Xfinity Series is back in action next Tuesday May 2nd from the Talladega Super Speedway for a 57 lap restrictor plate event.