2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series Talladega Superspeedway Spring Race Page

 


Saturday, April 20, 2024
Talladega Superspeedway
Time: 4:00pm/et
TV: FOX
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Stages: 25/25/63


Jesse Love stretches fuel mileage to win first Xfinity race at Talladega: Jesse Love earned his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory Saturday in a typically wild double overtime finish in the Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway – crossing the line by a slight .141-seconds ahead of Riley Herbst.(Read more)(4-20-2024)

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - APRIL 20: Jesse Love, driver of the #2 WAT Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 20, 2024 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Getting redemption from earlier this season at Atlanta, #2-Jesse Love stretched his fuel tank to win the Ag-Pro 300 Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. This is Love’s first career win in nine starts.#98-Riley Herbst made a spirited rally in overtime to finish runner-up, his best finish of the season. #5-Anthony Alfredo led the charge for the underfunded teams, which also saw #42-Leland Honeyman and #44-Brennan Poole crack the top five.
#18-Sheldon Creed, #45-Caesar Bacarella, #38-Matt DiBenedetto, #27-Jeb Burton and #00-Cole Custer round out the top 10.
Richard Childress Racing swept all three stages. Love earned his series-high fourth stage victory in the opening stage and #21-Austin Hill, who led a race-high 41 laps, won the second stage.
There were 34 lead changes among 16 drivers and six cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 131.323 mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Talladega Paint Schemes

Race Fast Facts – Talladega:
Jesse Love # won the Ag-Pro 300, his first victory in nine Xfinity Series races.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2024.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in one race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Riley Herbst (second) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his third top-10 finish in 2024.
Anthony Alfredo (third) posted his third top-10 finish in six races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jesse Love (first) was the highest finishing rookie.
Chandler Smith leads the point standings by 14 points over Cole Custer

Xfinity Series Playoff Standings after Talladega(Race 9 of 33):
1)#81-Chandler Smith 357 points (2 wins)
2)#21-Austin Hill 341 (2 wins)
3)#2-Jesse Love 316 (1 win)
4)#1-Sam Mayer 181 (1 win)
5)#00-Cole Custer 343, +124
6)#7-Justin Allgaier 278, +59
7)#Riley Herbst 272, +53
8)#16-AJ Allmendinger 261, +42
9)#8-Sammy Smith 241, +22
10)#48-Parker Kligerman 236, +17
11)#18-Sheldon Creed 231, +12
12)#39-Ryan Sieg 224, +5
Currently below elimination line
13)#5-Anthony Alfredo 219, -5
14)#9-Brandon Jones 205, -19
15)#97-Shane van Gisbergen 194, -30
16)#44-Brennan Poole 181, -43
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Race Updates:
Lap 124: #2-Love holds off the field on the restart to win, stretch his fuel mileage. #98-Herbst, #5-Alfredo, #42-Honeyman and #44-Poole round out the top five. #18-Creed, #45-Bacarella, #38-DiBenedetto, #27-Burton and #00-Custer make up the top 10.
Lap 122: #43-Ellis gets turned on the restart.
Lap 120: #8-Smith and #91-Weatherman run out of fuel during the caution flag.
Lap 119: #00-Custer and #28-Sieg pit for fuel.
Lap 117: #97-van Gisbergen runs out of fuel to shuffle the lineup at the green flag. #2-Love tries to get inside #48-Kligerman, as #18-Creed gets pushed into #11-Williams and hooked into race leader #48-Kligerman to bring out another caution.
Lap 114: #29-Perkins runs out of fuel from fourth position during the caution.
Lap 111: #21-Hill spins out from the lead after a push from #48-Kligerman in Turns 3 and 4. #5-Alfredo, #27-Burton, #98-Herbst, #38-DiBenedetto, #32-Anderson, #66-Star, #19-Gray and #07-Emerling all get damage.
Lap 110: #2-Love and #21-Hill move #48-Kligerman out of the way. #21-Hill takes the race lead.
Lap 103: #2-Love leads #48-Kligerman, #21-Hill, #98-Herbst and #18-Creed with 10 laps remaining.
Lap 100: #2-Love races to the lead with help from #48-Kligerman and #21-Hill. The bottom lane is beginning to fizzle out.
Lap 99: #00-Custer gets trapped in the middle. #98-Herbst and #19-Gray lead the inside and outside lines.
Lap 97: #48-Kligerman shuffles #5-Alfredo out of the lead. #00-Custer gets help from #2-Love to clear for the lead with 16 laps remaining.
Lap 91: #5-Alfredo takes the lead and clears to the outside lane ahead of #48-Kligerman.
Lap 89: The three Fords bolt to the bottom to control the race. #00-Custer and #39-Sieg get split in the middle. #98-Herbst gets shoved high. #39-Sieg has a flat right-side tire.
Lap 87: #48-Kligerman and #21-Hill clear the three Fords and jump to lead the outside lane.
Lap 82: #21-Hill noses ahead of #98-Herbst with a push from #5-Alfredo and #2-Love.
Lap 79: The three Fords of #98-Herbst, #39-Sieg and #00-Custer clear the bottom lane and control the race. #21-Hill leads the bottom lane.
Lap 73: Caution is out for a bumper cover flying on the track.
Lap 72: The Fords of #98-Herbst, #39-Sieg and #00-Custer jump to the front few positions.
Lap 65: #9-Jones, #20-Creed, #51-Clements and #1-Mayer are all out of the race.
Lap 64: #21-Hill takes the lead back. The caution flies for a big wreck when #39-Sieg and #48-Kligerman made contact, hooking into #9-Jones. #20-Truex, #51-Clements, #1-Mayer, #91-Weatherman, #38-DiBenedetto and #42-Honeyman all get caught up.
Lap 63: #97-van Gisbergen takes the lead with help from #32-Anderson. #8-Smith gets back by with a push from #21-Hill.
Lap 61: #39-Sieg re-takes the lead from #9-Jones. #8-Smith and #97-van Gisbergen lead the bottom lane.
Lap 57: #9-Jones takes the lead with a shove from #48-Kligerman and #21-Hill.
Lap 52: More than 10 cars take two tires, led by #2-Love. #21-Hill came out of the pits outside the top 10.
Lap 50: #21-Hill holds off the field on the final lap of the stage to score his second stage victory of the season — nine straight stage wins for Richard Childress Racing at drafting-style tracks. #2-Love, #16-Allmendinger, #39-Sieg, #9-Jones, #81-Smith, #48-Kligerman, #98-Herbst, #27-Burton and #20-Truex score stage points.
Lap 47: #21-Hill and #2-Love build a run to take the lead back and control the race with three laps remaining in the stage.
Lap 44: #20-Truex edges ahead of #81-Smith for the lead, but was immediately hung in the middle of the field and dropped outside the top 10. #81-Smith re-takes the lead.
Lap 43: #81-Smith takes the lead from #39-Sieg, who got pushed outside the top five.
Lap 37: #39-Sieg takes leads with a push from #98-Herbst on the bottom lane.
Lap 34: #00-Custer shoots to the lead from the bottom lane with a push from #39-Sieg.
Lap 32: Most of the lead pack is three-wide. #21-Hill, #20-Truex and #00-Custer lead the three lanes.
Lap 27: The majority of lead lap cars pit under caution. #48-Kligerman slid threw his pit box and lost costly time. #21-Hill won the race off pit road with a two-tire stop.
Lap 25: #2-Love wins the opening stage under caution, his series-high fourth stage victory of the season. #48-Kligerman, #21-Hill, #81-Smith, #16-Allmendinger, #20-Truex, #97-van Gisbergen, #9-Jones, #98-Herbst and #00-Custer all earn stage points.
Lap 24: #7-Allgaier spins off Turn 2 after contact with #98-Herbst and pounds the inside wall.
Lap 24: #2-Love makes a move on #21-Hill and squeezes in front to take the lead.
Lap 14: The field is beginning to get single-file around the top. #00-Custer, #98-Herbst, #39-Sieg and #19-Gray are dropping back on the bottom.
Lap 10: #81-Smith is leading the low line around the track, with help from #00-Custer, #98-Herbst and others. #21-Hill has still led every lap.
Lap 4: The first 10 cars are clear on the outside lane, led by #21-Hill.
Lap 1: #21-Hill leads the opening lap, ahead of #48-Kligerman. The field is three-by-three throughout the lead pack.

Cars to the rear: #18-Sheldon Creed, #19-Taylor Gray, #27-Jeb Burton (unapproved adjustments)

Pit Stall Selections

For the third straight Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, #21-Austin Hill will lead the field to the green flag of Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300. Hill’s lap of 181.629 mph was more than a tenth of a second quicker than his Richard Childress Racing teammate #2-Jesse Love (181.120 mph) for the top spot.
#48-Parker Kligerman earned his best starting spot of the season in third (180.693 mph). #00-Cole Custer will start fourth (180.169 mph) with #8-Sammy Smith rounding out the top five (180.054 mph).
#20-Ryan Truex, #81-Chandler Smith, #98-Riley Herbst, #11-Josh Williams and #18-Sheldon Creed complete the top 10 starting spots. Just outside the top 10, #07-Patrick Emerling earned the best starting position of his career in 12th. #6-Garrett Smithley had his time disallowed for his roof hatch not being sealed.
Did Not Qualify: #6-Garrett Smithley
See the complete Talladega Starting Lineup.

Qualifying Fast Facts — Talladega:
Austin Hill won the Pole Award for the Ag-Pro 300 with a lap of 52.723 seconds, 181.629 mph.
This is his fifth pole in 90 NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
This is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2024.
This is his third pole in five races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Jesse Love # (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2024 and his first in one race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Parker Kligerman (third) posted his third top-10 start at Talladega Superspeedway. It is his fifth in nine races this season.
Jesse Love (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.

Qualifying Order

There is no practice at Talladega Superspeedway.

Crew Rosters

Goodyear Tire Notes

There are 39 cars on the entry list for Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300 Xfinity Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Two cars will miss the show.
Notables: #6-Garrett Smithley, #07-Patrick Emerling, #14-Mason Massey, #19-Taylor Gray, #20-Ryan Truex, #26-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #32-Jordan Anderson, #35-Joey Gase, #38-Matt DiBenedetto, #45-Caesar Bacarella, #66-David Starr, #92-Josh Bilicki.
See the full Talladega Entry List.

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