2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series Phoenix Raceway Spring Race Page

Saturday, March 9, 2024
Phoenix Raceway
Time: 4:30pm/et
TV: FS1
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Stages: 45/45/110


Chandler Smith wins Xfinity race at Phoenix; Justin Allgaier wrecks from the lead late: Chandler Smith had a message for his Joe Gibbs Racing team after taking the checkered flag in overtime in Saturday’s Call811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway. “We’ll take ‘em when we can get ‘em,” Smith radioed before celebrating his second career victory with a burnout near the start/finish line.(Read more)(3-9-2024)

AVONDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Chandler Smith, driver of the #81 QuickTie Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Call 811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200 at Phoenix Raceway on March 09, 2024 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) | Getty Images
(Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) | Getty Images

For the first time with Joe Gibbs Racing, #81-Chandler Smith won the Call811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway. It his second career victory. Smith led a race-high 88 laps, including every lap in the opening stage en route to the stage win. He capitalized on #7-Justin Allgaier blowing a left-rear tire from the lead with five laps remaining and slamming the outside wall. Allgaier was credited with a 29th-place result.
#2-Jesse Love edged out #18-Sheldon Creed at the line for second by .019 seconds. #21-Austin Hill earned his fourth top-five finish of the season in fourth, while polesitter #00-Cole Custer rounded out the top five.
#97-Shane van Gisbergen scored his second top 10 of the season, placing sixth. #9-Brandon Jones, #48-Parker Kligerman, #8-Sammy Smith and #5-Anthony Alfredo finished out the top 10.
There were seven lead changes among four drivers and six cautions for 43 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 92.516 mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Phoenix:
Chandler Smith won the Call811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200, his second victory in 40 Xfinity Series races.
This is his first victory and fourth top-10 finish in 2024.
This is his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Phoenix Raceway.
Jesse Love # (second) posted his first top-10 finish in one race at Phoenix Raceway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2024.
Sheldon Creed (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in six races at Phoenix Raceway.
Jesse Love (second) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chandler Smith leads the point standings by 1 points over Austin Hill.

Xfinity Series Standings after Phoenix (Race 4 of 33):
1)#81-Chandler Smith 183 points (1 win)
2)#21-Austin Hill 182, -1 (2 wins)
3)#00-Cole Custer 150, -33
4)#98-Riley Herbst 146, -37
5)#2-Jesse Love 135, -48
6)#2-Sheldon Creed 130, -53
7)#16-AJ Allmendinger 124, -59
8)#7-Justin Allgaier 119, -64
9)#9-Brandon Jones 118, -65
10)#8-Sammy Smith 114, -69
11)#48-Parker Kligerman 105, -78
12)#5-Anthony Alfredo 98, -85
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Race Updates:
lap 205: #81-Smith wins at Phoenix, picking up second career win. #2-Love edged out #18-Creed for second. #21-Hill and #00-Custer round out the top five. #97-van Gisbergen, #9-Jones, #48-Kligerman, #8-Smith and #5-Alfredo complete the top 10.
Lap 203: Green flag waves for the overtime restart.
Lap 195: #7-Allgaier cuts a left-rear tire entering Turn 1 and wrecks from the lead.
Lap 190: #7-Allgaier leads #81-Smith by 2.4 seconds with 10 laps remaining.
Lap 173: #7-Allgaier has stretched his lead out to nearly two seconds on #81-Smith.
Lap 157: #28-Sieg pits for a flat left-front tire.
Lap 151: #9-Jones and #21-Hill make significant contact coming off Turn 4, battling for ninth position.
Lap 145: The red flag is out to clean up the race track.
Lap 143: #7-Allgaier takes the lead on the restart. #81-Smith got into #20-Nemechek off Turn 2, which hooked #98-Herbst and collected #1-Mayer. #31-Retzlaff plowed into Mayer with #27-Burton getting into the rear of Herbst. #44-Poole drove into a slowed Burton and #15-Deegan piled in. #9-Jones, #17-Byron, #19-Almirola, #21-Hill and #43-Ellis all received damage.
Lap 140: #20-Nemechek gains four spots on pit road to get the lead. #81-Smith loses three spots for the second time.
Lap 138: Caution is out for #15-Deegan scraping the outside wall in Turns 1 and 2.
Lap 121: #16-Allmendinger reports that he believes he’s having an engine issue, dropping outside the top 20.
Lap 108: #81-Smith passes #00-Custer for the lead. #7-Allgaier, #98-Herbst and #19-Almirola also get by, pushing Custer back to fifth position.
Lap 101: #35-Muniz gets a restart violation.
Lap 95: #00-Custer wins the race off pit road. #19-Almirola drops four spots on pit road, moving back to seventh.
Lap 90: #00-Custer wins the second stage — his first stage victory of the season. #7-Allgaier, #19-Almirola, #81-Smith, #98-Herbst, #20-Nemechek, #1-Mayer, #2-Love, #9-Jones and #21-Hill claim stage points.
Lap 77: #26-Heim makes an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration.
Lap 70: #7-Allgaier passes #81-Smith for second. #19-Almirola closes in for third.
Lap 64: #7-Allgaier, #19-Almirola, #20-Nemechek and #98-Herbst are having a solid battle for third position. #00-Custer and #81-Smith are separated by two-tenths of a second for the lead.
Lap 49: #00-Custer wins the race off pit road. #81-Smith dropped three positions to fourth.
Lap 45: #81-Smith leads every lap in the opening stage, his third stage victory of the season. #00-Custer, #7-Allgaier, #19-Almirola and #98-Herbst round out the top five. #9-Jones, #1-Mayer, #26-Heim, #20-Nemechek and #2-Love all scored stage points.
Lap 35: #18-Creed has cracked the top 15 after dropping to the rear prior to the start of the race for an unapproved adjustment.
Lap 23: #32-Vargas heads to the garage with a fire breaking out on his right-front tire.
Lap 20: #81-Smith has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds over #00-Custer. #7-Allgaier, #26-Heim and #98-Herbst are the top five. #17-Byron has moved from 28th starting position to 13th.
Lap 5: #51-Clements got into the left rear of #11-Williams to spin him out. #07-Emerling ran into #4-Cram trying to avoid the spin; both cars have damage.
Lap 1: #81-Smith takes the lead from #00-Custer to lead the opening lap.

Cars to the rear: #6-Garrett Smithley, #07-Patrick Emerling, #18-Sheldon Creed, #32-RyanV Vargas, #42-Leland Honeyman (all for unapproved adjustments)

Pit Stall Selections

For the second straight season, #00-Cole Custer has won the pole for the spring Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway (131.483 mph). This is his 20th career pole, and his seventh top-five starting position in nine Phoenix starts.
#81-Chandler Smith will line up second, running the exact same speed of #26-Corey Heim in third (130.876 mph). #98-Riley Herbst will start fourth (130.862 mph) and #7-Justin Allgaier (130.421 mph) rounds out the top five
#18-Sheldon Creed, #2-Jesse Love, #19-Aric Almirola, #20-John Hunter Nemechek and #16-AJ Allmendinger completes the top 10.
Did Not Qualify: #38-CJ McLaughlin
See the complete Phoenix Starting Lineup.

Qualifying Fast Facts — Phoenix
Cole Custer won the Pole Award for the Call811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200 with a lap of 27.38 seconds, 131.483 mph.
This is his 20th pole in 147 NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
This is his second pole and second top-10 start in 2024.
This is his second pole in nine races at Phoenix Raceway.
Chandler Smith (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2024 and his third in three races at Phoenix Raceway.
Corey Heim(i) (third) posted his first top-10 start at Phoenix Raceway. It is his first in two races this season.
Jesse Love (seventh) was the fastest qualifying rookie

Qualifying Order

Practice for the Call811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway is complete. After 20 minutes, the top five, slowest, news and notes:
#20-John Hunter Nemechek 130.354 mph
#81-Chandler Smith 129.992 mph
#2-Jesse Love 129.501 mph
#00-Cole Custer 129.208 mph
#98-Riley Herbst 129.106 mph
Slowest: #32-Ryan Vargas 118.945 mph.
Most laps run: #9-Jones, 32
Notes: Early in the session, #07-Patrick Emerling spun off Turn 2 and nosed into the inside wall on the backstretch.
See full Phoenix Practice Results.

Goodyear Tire Notes

There are 39 drivers/teams on the entry list for the Call811.com Every Dig. Every Time. 200 Xfinity Series race at Phoenix Raceway. One team will fail to qualify for the race.
Notables: #6-Garrett Smithley, #07-Patrick Emerling, #14-JJ Yeley, #17-William Byron, #19-Aric Almirola, #20-John Hunter Nemechek, #26-Corey Heim, #32-Ryan Vargas, #35-Joey Gase, #38-CJ McLaughlin.
See the full Las Vegas entry list page.

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