First lap Kansas crash has NASCAR Xfinity Series championship implications

Ruben Hill
October 23, 2018

The younger Nemechek overcame a couple late mistakes then drove away from title contender Daniel Hemric late in the race to earn his first Xfinity Series win.

"I have to win one of the next two races but we have a pretty good notebook since the 22 vehicle won both Texas and Phoenix in the spring", Cindric said. "Luckily Daniel and I raced each other hard and clean all day".

The win came 14 years after Nemecheck's father Joe was victorious at Kansas Speedway. "(In) 2004, I forget how old I was.

With NASCAR's silly season already fired up, Christopher Bell's name is a popular one among media covering the Monster Energy Cup Series. Those two playoff drivers collected six more cars, including fellow contenders Austin Cindric and Cole Custer.

"I was unbelievably loose on that whole last run", Hemric said about the pass by Nemechek that kept him from winning his first race.

"Next year, I'm still gonna be in the Xfinity vehicle for Joe Gibbs Racing", Bell said earlier this week, during a visit back to his home state.

Matt Tifft, Ryan Reed, Ty Majeski, Ryan Sieg and Jeremy Clements completed the first 10 finishers.

Because Nemechek is not playoff eligible, much less in the playoffs and much less in the second of three rounds of the three-round, seven-race playoffs, the round of 8, his victory means that all four spots in the Championship 4 are still up for grabs following the first of three races in the round of 8. Justin Allgaier's auto lost control racing off Turn 2 and it set off a chain reaction crash that swept up fellow Playoff drivers Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric and Cole Custer among others.

Michael Annett, Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, Specner Gallagher and Ryan Truex were the other non-contenders caught up in the incident.

"Got super loose on the bottom", Allgaier said. I feel like we've been contending for wins all year.

"I'm thankful to still be in the Playoffs and still have a shot", said Cindric.

"These playoffs are so insane as it is". "I don't know. Normally whenever you're up front, you're in the safest spot you can be, but just didn't get a very good launch and the side by side with (Allgaier) and it just didn't work out". "Not only did we hurt my day, but we hurt our competitors as well and that's frustrating on my end".

Cindric, who came to Kansas in eighth place and leaves in the same position, didn't have the luxury of a points cushion.

Sadler, 43, is one of 31 drivers who have at least one win in each of NASCAR's top three series, but the veteran of 849 combined starts is still looking for his first championship in what he has said his final season as a full-time driver.

"That's the beauty of this format", Bell said. NASCAR's done such a great job at giving us something to race for during the regular season. "Hopefully we can go to Texas and make up for it". "If not, hopefully the bonus points will get us there".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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