XFINITY Series Richmond Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series

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ToyotaCare 250

Saturday, March 30th, 2024

Richmond Raceway, Richmond, VA

  • 26 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 7 Ford

  • Saturday, March 30th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Chandler Smith wins second Xfinity race of the season at Richmond

Chandler Smith led a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep at Richmond (Va.) Raceway Saturday afternoon cruising to a 4.495-seconds victory over teammates Aric Almirola and Tanner Gray in the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race.

It marks back-to-back wins in this race for Smith – answering his first career Xfinity Series victory last Spring – and he led the final 60 laps in the No. 81 JGR Toyota, 76 laps on the day for his third career win, second of the season. It was his teammate Almirola, who won both Stages and led a race best 95 of the 250 laps in his No. 20 JGR Toyota, but the former fulltime NASCAR Cup Series driver ultimately could not catch Smith, who pulled away in the closing laps.

“Never give up, never give up,” said Smith, who has top-10 finishes in all six races this year. “This car was not good. Stage 1 wasn’t good, but we were able to do some strategy there with this No. 81 Supra in Stage 2.

“Back here winning races on a consistent basis and took over the points lead too, I’m just blessed,” he added.

For his part Almirola acknowledged he just didn’t have what he needed to catch the 21-year old Georgia-native in the closing laps. He’ll have another chance at victory next week as he’s in the car again at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

“We just got a little bit too loose,” Almirola said. “The run before that in Stage 2, when I took off my car was really, really good. At the end, it just felt a little tight and that last run for whatever reason, different set of tires or what, I let Chandler go and when I started to just creep back to him, I didn’t have anything to go with.

“I was too loose in and couldn’t get throttle down on exit. Hate that to win both stages and feel like we had the dominant car and then to let it slip away there at the end, is disappointing.”

The JGR team can also take pride in its third-place finish – considering it was the 19-year old Gray’s series debut. NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series full-timer Corey Heim was fourth followed by series rookie Jesse Love.

It was also a big outing for renowned late model racer Bubba Pollard, punctuating his series debut with a sixth-place finish in the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet – particularly impressive considering Pollard started 37th.

“I just got behind in qualifying there and it made for a long day,” Pollard said. “But these guys gave me a great race car, JR Motorsports.

“I needed that long green flag run just to get in a rhythm. This place is tough, it’s technical and probably one of the toughest places I’ve been to, and I’ve been to a lot of places.

“I’m happy with it. I enjoyed it and had fun and hopefully the fans enjoyed it too.”

Big Machine Racing’s Parker Kligerman, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill, JR Motorsports Sammy Smith and reigning series champion Cole Custer rounded out the top-10. The 20-year old Parker Retzlaff, who won his first career pole position Saturday, finished 16th in the No. 31 Jordan Anderson Chevrolet and led a career high 27 laps.

With their work, Smith, Almirola, Love and Kligerman have qualified for next week’s Dash 4 Cash event at Martinsville Speedway, and the highest finisher of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers in the race will collect an extra $100,000 bonus.

With the win, Smith takes a 10-point driver standings lead over Hill to next Saturday’s DUDE Wipes 250 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). John Hunter Nemechek is the defending race winner.

  • Drivers Entered: 38
  • Laps Scheduled: 250
  • Margin of Victory: 04.495 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 18 Minutes 35 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 81.179
  • Cautions: 6 for 51 laps
  • Lead Changes: 14
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,668 (8.4 passes per green flag lap)
Taylor Gray and Jesse Love drive during practice
Richmond, Virginia - March 30, 2024 : Taylor Gray, driver of the #19 Place of Hope Toyota, and Jesse Love, driver of the #2 Whelen Chevrolet, drive during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.
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ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway 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
Chandler Smith 4 2 1 1 1 23 3.5 3 33 18 15 31 93.94 27 98.0 76 30.4 250 133.40 52
Aric Almirola 10 1 2 2 1 23 3.0 8 28 5 23 28 100.00 33 97.6 95 38.0 250 136.20 55
Taylor Gray 27 7 5 3 2 31 12.1 24 67 44 23 32 47.76 12 70.0 0 0.0 250 98.20 0
Corey Heim 6 11 3 4 1 25 7.1 2 55 19 36 42 76.36 13 95.2 15 6.0 250 111.30 0
Jesse Love 8 10 4 5 3 20 9.7 3 61 54 7 55 90.16 2 96.8 0 0.0 250 96.20 32
Bubba Pollard 37 18 8 6 6 38 17.8 31 87 46 41 20 22.99 1 31.6 0 0.0 250 81.40 31
Parker Kligerman 9 15 7 7 6 25 12.1 2 67 56 11 49 73.13 0 83.6 0 0.0 250 89.80 30
Austin Hill 16 5 6 8 1 20 8.5 8 43 35 8 37 86.05 2 87.6 0 0.0 250 95.80 33
Sammy Smith 13 8 10 9 5 29 10.6 4 57 39 18 42 73.68 2 90.8 0 0.0 250 88.50 29
Cole Custer 3 12 29 10 1 29 8.8 -7 40 50 -10 24 60.00 20 89.2 7 2.8 249 106.80 32
Justin Allgaier 5 3 9 11 1 22 4.1 -6 18 29 -11 16 88.89 22 99.2 28 11.2 249 108.80 38
Josh Williams 26 14 12 12 6 28 15.5 14 62 54 8 26 41.94 6 55.2 0 0.0 249 77.40 25
Riley Herbst 14 4 11 13 2 16 7.8 1 39 49 -10 38 97.44 4 99.6 0 0.0 249 92.20 29
AJ Allmendinger 7 16 15 14 5 34 15.3 -7 44 46 -2 18 40.91 0 61.6 0 0.0 249 78.00 23
Shane van Gisbergen 12 17 16 15 5 30 16.2 -3 48 59 -11 20 41.67 0 42.8 0 0.0 249 72.80 22
Parker Retzlaff 1 9 13 16 1 27 9.1 -15 37 59 -22 34 91.89 6 91.6 27 10.8 249 86.70 24
Kyle Weatherman 23 13 17 17 5 24 15.7 6 35 51 -16 19 54.29 0 43.6 0 0.0 249 70.70 20
Matt DiBenedetto 31 19 14 18 14 31 20.2 13 65 54 11 3 4.62 1 7.6 0 0.0 249 63.30 19
Josh Bilicki 29 23 18 19 9 30 21.4 10 60 57 3 3 5.00 0 4.8 0 0.0 249 59.00 18
Leland Honeyman Jr 25 24 19 20 11 30 22.6 5 59 72 -13 0 0.00 0 2.8 0 0.0 249 53.70 17
Garrett Smithley 36 30 23 21 14 38 28.3 15 34 49 -15 0 0.00 0 1.2 0 0.0 249 43.00 16
Logan Bearden 32 20 24 22 5 38 24.6 10 71 44 27 6 8.45 16 8.4 0 0.0 249 55.10 16
Kyle Sieg 34 25 27 23 21 36 27.5 11 57 51 6 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 249 46.20 14
Jeremy Clements 17 22 20 24 11 35 22.2 -7 65 46 19 9 13.85 0 15.6 0 0.0 249 54.80 13
Dawson Cram 33 28 26 25 13 35 29.0 8 37 36 1 0 0.00 0 0.8 0 0.0 248 39.50 12
Jeb Burton 21 21 22 26 9 27 19.9 -5 40 69 -29 4 10.00 0 8.4 0 0.0 248 54.80 11
Ryan Ellis 22 26 25 27 12 33 24.5 -5 54 76 -22 0 0.00 0 1.6 0 0.0 248 45.80 10
Brennan Poole 19 29 28 28 2 32 23.9 -9 51 54 -3 16 31.37 11 15.2 0 0.0 248 50.70 18
Anthony Alfredo 18 32 30 29 13 35 29.2 -11 30 37 -7 0 0.00 0 0.4 0 0.0 248 43.00 8
Sam Mayer 11 6 31 30 1 32 15.8 -19 38 62 -24 37 97.37 13 64.8 2 0.8 246 87.40 22
Hailie Deegan 24 27 21 31 13 32 25.4 -7 54 75 -21 0 0.00 0 1.6 0 0.0 241 44.70 6
Ryan Sieg 15 33 32 32 8 36 29.4 -17 18 10 8 11 61.11 0 16.0 0 0.0 220 50.00 5
Blaine Perkins 28 36 34 33 28 37 34.7 -5 11 12 -1 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 181 30.80 4
Joey Gase 38 31 33 34 16 38 30.8 4 40 38 2 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 171 36.30 3
Sheldon Creed 20 34 35 35 19 35 30.2 -15 31 57 -26 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 118 36.50 2
Patrick Emerling 35 35 36 36 20 37 34.9 -1 17 31 -14 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 95 25.30 1
Brandon Jones 2 37 37 37 2 7 31.7 -35 11 13 -2 11 100.00 1 16.8 0 0.0 42 52.90 1
Ryan Vargas 30 38 38 38 30 38 37.7 -8 4 11 -7 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 18 24.20 1