XFINITY Series Circuit of The Americas

NASCAR XFINITY Series

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Focused Health 250

Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas

  • 27 Chevrolet
  • 6 Ford
  • 7 Toyota

  • Saturday, March 23rd, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Kyle Larson wins in an action-packed dash to the finish line

Kyle Larson was ultimately both patient and smart taking the lead on the final overtime lap to win an aggressive Featured Health 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Circuit of The Americas (COTA), the first road course test for the series this year that earned an “A” for high-drama and close competition.

New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen and Austin Hill were duking it out for the lead – and pushing each other high off the race line as the field approached the checkered flag. With those two fending each other off, Larson drove his No. 17 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet low around both and was able to pull away to a 1.215-second victory – the only lap the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champ led all day around the 20-turn 3.51-mile road course.

Van Gisbergen finished second in the No. 97 Kaulig Racing Chevy but was accessed a 30-second penalty for exceeding track limits in that last lap battle with Hill, which ultimately put him in 27th. So Hill, driver of the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet officially is scored runner-up.

Larson was all smiles climbing out of car, conceding he wasn’t surprised things got so aggressive in the end. He was one of the few cars – and only one among the leaders – to drop into pit lane on the final caution to get gas and had worked his way back up front.

“It feels really special because seems like every time we’ve run the 17-car – any of us four drivers – we’re always fast on track and somehow give it away,’’ Larson said. “Today I was definitely not the fastest, but we were patient. I knew the 21 [Hill] had shoved SVG [Van Gisbergen] through [turn] one and if he got to him it could get dicey.

“I was just trying to be patient. I was thinking when to make my move and when I saw him shoving him through [turns] 15 and 16, I thought this could get good and thankfully I cleared them off in that corner. Pretty crazy. Just wild there. … Really cool, just awesome to win here at COTA.’’

Neither Van Gisbergen nor Austin Hill were too happy with the final outcome – both their cars damaged from the aggressive beating and banging on the final lap. Asked if he would speak to Hill about the racing, Van Gisbergen said, “Yeah, I guess so.’’ But he was mostly positive about having a chance to win in only his fifth NASCAR Xfinity Series race of his career.

“It was a crazy race and the car got better and better,’’ Van Gisbergen said. “On that last restart he [Hill] just drove through me in [turn] one. I guess I stood up for myself. But it was pretty awesome racing with [teammate] A.J. [Allmendinger] and in the end just turned into a mess. That’s how it is.

“It was really fun. Wish I could have gotten through to the lead, but the car [Larson] just snuck through there. He was driving really well. A lot of fun.’’

While Van Gisbergen managed a smile for the post-race television interview, he definitely had to battle all afternoon – including with his Kaulig Racing teammate A.J. Allmendinger, a two-time winner of this COTA Xfinity Series race and the series’ best active road course driver.

They battled head-to-head for the final laps of the regularly scheduled race only for Allmendinger to get swept up and out in a three-wide attempt for the lead in Turn 1 during the first green-white-checkered flag period. He was running fifth at the time of the final caution that forced a second overtime start and ultimately finished 10th.

John Hunter Nemechek finished third, reigning series champion Cole Custer was fourth and Parker Kligerman rounded out the top five. Rookie Jesse Love, Austin Green, last week’s winner Chandler Smith, Sam Mayer and Allmendinger rounded out the top 10.

It was a particularly impressive day for Green, son of former Xfinity Series champion David Green, finishing eighth in his very first series start.

Big Machine Racing driver Kligerman earned his first stage win of the year claiming the Stage 1 victory. Brandon Jones seemingly won Stage 2 only to receive a penalty for cutting Turn 5 on the last lap of the stage. Second-place Stewart-Haas Racing’s Riley Herbst was instead awarded the Stage victory – his first of the season.

  • Drivers Entered: 40 (2 drivers will not make the race)
  • Laps Scheduled: 46
  • Laps Actual: 50 - NASCAR OVERTIME!
  • Margin of Victory: 01.354 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 21 Minutes 21 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 72.374
  • Cautions: 4 for 9 laps
  • Lead Changes: 13
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,991 (48.6 passes per green flag lap)
Kyle Larson and Shane Van Gisbergen race
Austin, Texas - March 23, 2024 : Kyle Larson, driver of the #17 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and Shane Van Gisbergen, driver of the #97 WeatherTech Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Focused Health 250 at Circuit of The Americas.
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Focused Health 250 at Circuit of The Americas Loop Data Box Score results
DRIVER ST MID CLO FIN HI LOW ARP PL DIF GFP GFxP PD QPS % QPS FST % T15 LED % LED LAPS DR TOT PTS
Kyle Larson 1 2 21 1 1 28 8.1 0 64 34 30 28 43.75 4 84.0 1 2.0 50 119.10 0
Austin Hill 11 7 5 2 1 21 7.1 9 39 34 5 34 87.18 3 98.0 1 2.0 50 112.70 40
John Hunter Nemechek 20 20 11 3 3 35 22.8 17 74 57 17 9 12.16 0 16.0 0 0.0 50 73.30 0
Cole Custer 8 16 7 4 2 20 9.6 4 52 52 0 27 51.92 0 84.0 0 0.0 50 92.50 42
Parker Kligerman 12 8 4 5 1 19 7.2 7 47 33 14 32 68.09 1 94.0 4 8.0 50 112.30 42
Jesse Love 14 9 9 6 3 30 13.6 8 87 92 -5 27 31.03 0 70.0 0 0.0 50 89.00 31
Austin Green 25 25 12 7 8 37 21.4 18 51 60 -9 21 41.18 0 34.0 0 0.0 50 71.30 30
Chandler Smith 4 5 27 8 4 33 14.8 -4 53 82 -29 25 47.17 1 60.0 0 0.0 50 85.20 30
Sam Mayer 10 24 6 9 2 37 13.7 1 66 94 -28 24 36.36 1 68.0 0 0.0 50 86.70 28
AJ Allmendinger 5 1 3 10 1 26 3.7 -5 30 27 3 14 46.67 8 94.0 20 40.0 50 125.80 38
Parker Retzlaff 17 14 28 11 4 29 14.4 6 56 42 14 26 46.43 0 70.0 0 0.0 50 84.80 33
Anthony Alfredo 30 19 26 12 13 35 22.9 18 62 72 -10 12 19.35 0 20.0 0 0.0 50 62.00 25
Justin Allgaier 15 13 8 13 5 35 13.8 2 73 56 17 23 31.51 0 68.0 0 0.0 50 84.80 24
Ryan Sieg 27 18 29 14 5 34 21.8 13 60 64 -4 8 13.33 0 28.0 0 0.0 50 66.70 27
Brennan Poole 29 27 15 15 11 34 23.1 14 53 71 -18 9 16.98 0 12.0 0 0.0 50 55.70 22
Brandon Jones 18 11 18 16 1 32 17.6 2 57 53 4 8 14.04 0 38.0 1 2.0 50 72.20 21
Sage Karam 6 10 10 17 2 24 9.6 -11 46 59 -13 26 56.52 1 84.0 0 0.0 50 88.00 28
Brad Perez 31 29 19 18 12 32 23.5 13 70 65 5 5 7.14 0 6.0 0 0.0 50 51.80 19
Jeremy Clements 24 36 20 19 15 37 26.4 5 67 65 2 0 0.00 0 2.0 0 0.0 50 49.30 18
Leland Honeyman Jr 34 32 16 20 16 38 29.2 14 56 40 16 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 39.80 17
Daniil Kvyat 22 31 17 21 17 37 27.8 1 76 59 17 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 44.20 16
Blaine Perkins 36 30 24 22 13 36 25.2 14 52 55 -3 3 5.77 0 2.0 0 0.0 50 46.30 15
Hailie Deegan 35 35 30 23 18 37 30.9 12 38 57 -19 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 34.30 14
Ty Gibbs 3 4 1 24 1 27 9.4 -21 65 70 -5 26 40.00 1 80.0 1 2.0 50 92.80 0
Patrick Gallagher 33 34 31 25 20 37 30.2 8 57 52 5 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 33.80 12
Alex Labbe 26 17 14 26 4 29 16.6 0 65 55 10 12 18.46 0 28.0 0 0.0 50 67.00 20
Shane van Gisbergen 2 3 2 27 1 10 2.6 -25 21 34 -13 17 80.95 11 100.0 20 40.0 50 119.60 17
RC Enerson 37 33 25 28 16 37 28.2 9 76 42 34 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 39.00 9
Kyle Weatherman 32 23 13 29 10 35 20.8 3 36 85 -49 7 19.44 0 32.0 0 0.0 50 54.20 8
Jeb Burton 21 15 33 30 10 36 24.3 -9 19 50 -31 9 47.37 0 34.0 0 0.0 49 59.20 7
Josh Bilicki 23 22 32 31 6 32 20.1 -8 54 26 28 9 16.67 0 22.0 0 0.0 48 58.20 11
Sheldon Creed 7 38 35 32 7 38 36.0 -25 16 20 -4 0 0.00 3 0.0 0 0.0 47 48.20 5
Ryan Ellis 38 28 22 33 13 38 26.9 5 59 50 9 4 6.78 0 0.0 0 0.0 45 41.00 4
Riley Herbst 19 12 23 34 2 28 13.6 -15 48 19 29 20 41.67 0 76.0 2 4.4 45 71.70 19
Ed Jones 16 21 34 35 10 36 24.0 -19 59 59 0 10 16.95 0 18.0 0 0.0 42 55.00 2
Sammy Smith 13 6 36 36 2 34 15.6 -23 27 53 -26 22 81.48 1 68.0 0 0.0 36 81.60 10
Ty Dillon 28 26 37 37 11 37 31.6 -9 44 30 14 4 9.09 0 10.0 0 0.0 33 34.20 0
Josh Williams 9 37 38 38 9 37 33.1 -29 16 40 -24 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 24 32.50 1