Ryan Preece wins Xfinity race at Bristol, $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Ryan Preece took the lead from Brandon Jones on a restart with 10 laps to go and went on to win Saturday’s Xfinity race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Preece also collected the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash in collecting his second career series win.
“I’m going to be paid off with everything that I risked last year,’' Preece said of what he borrowed to run two Xfinity races last year with Joe Gibbs Racing before having another race added.
MORE: Race results and points report Preece took advantage of having four fresh tires to two fresh tires for Jones on the restart. Once Preece pulled into the lead, he was not caught.
Justin Allgaier finished second. Hemric was third and followed by Elliott Sadler and Spencer Gallgaher. Jones finished sixth.
Allgaier, Sadler and Gallagher will compete for the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus next week at Richmond. Hemric was to have filled out the Dash 4 Cash field but his car failed inspection after the race - mechanical measurement NASCAR stated - and will be replaced by Brandon Jones.
Preece wasn’t eligible for next week’s Dash 4 Cash race because he’s not entered in the event. Christopher Bell’s chances for the Dash 4 Cash ended after a hard hit just before the halfway point in the 300-lap race. Vinnie Miller and Cody Ware crashed, and Bell’s car went into a slide when he applied the brakes and slammed Miller’s car.
Stage 1 winner: Christopher Bell
Stage 2 winner: Ryan Preece
Who had a good race: Anybody who made it through with all the cautions. … Shane Lee was impressive in his Xfinity debut, driving for Richard Childress Racing. He was headed for a top-10 finish before he got into the wall with less than 20 laps left. Still, he had a strong run and performed well throughout the race. He placed 14th. ... Justin Allgaier’s runner-up finish marked his fourth top-three finish in the last five races. ... Elliott Sadler is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all seven races this season. ... Ross Chastain finished ninth for his third top-10 finish of the year. He had two top 10s all last season. ... Alex Labbe placed a career-best 11th.
Who had a bad race: Matt Tifft finished a season-worst 35th after he was involved in two incidents. It ended his streak of 15 consecutive top-20 finishes, dating to last season. … Kaz Grala was eliminated in an early crash and finished a season-worst 38th. … John Hunter Nemechek was running third when he had a tire go down and had to pit under green with 30 laps to go, ending his chances for a win. He finished 13th.
Notable: Spencer Gallagher, making his 47th series start, earned his first career top-five finish by placing fifth. Quote of the day: “That’s the second time this weekend that I’ve crashed from guys going seconds off the pace. Can’t slow down whenever they spin out, and it’s frustrating,’’ Christopher Bell after being eliminated by a crash.
Next: The series races at Richmond at 7 p.m. ET on April 20.