XFINITY Series Talladega Superspeedway

NASCAR XFINITY Series

Loop Data Box Score

Ag-Pro 300

Saturday, April 20th, 2024

Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln, AL

  • 28 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 7 Ford

  • Saturday, April 20th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Love scores first career win in thrilling overtime finish 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.

In many ways, it was victorious redemption for the 19-year old Californian, who earlier this season was leading the race in overtime at Atlanta only to run out of fuel before the checkered flag. Love’s win in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet makes him only the seventh driver to score his maiden win at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.

“Just a great group of guys [on my team] and it’s been such a journey to get to this point,’’ a grinning Love said before thanking a litany of people that helped him in his young career to date.

“I had PTSD flashbacks from Atlanta,’’ Love acknowledged, adding “I love Talladega. I love the speedway and I love the fans.”

Love certainly earned this first win – starting on the outside of the front row next to his veteran RCR teammate Austin Hill, winning his fourth stage of the season (Stage 1) and leading 28 of the 124 laps. He ran top-five for most of the afternoon and when he needed to go on that final restart, he went. Jumping to the lead at the overtime green flag and holding off the field when it mattered most.

His RCR teammate Hill, the polesitter, led a race-best 42 laps and was out front with two laps remaining in regulation when he was hit from behind by Parker Kligerman. The incident sent Hill’s car into the wall and ultimately collected nine cars, including many that had been running toward the front much of the afternoon – putting the race in overtime.

On the ensuing overtime restart, Kligerman was eliminated in a four-car crash at the front as various cars started running out of gas in the field. Love lined up on the front row for the final restart among eight drivers racing for their career first wins.

Herbst’s runner-up finish in the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford was his best showing of the year. Our Motorsports’ Anthony Alfredo finished third, followed by Young’s Motorsports rookie Leland Honeyman and Alpha Prime Racing’s Brennan Poole. Alfredo tied his career best mark and Honeyman had a career best finish.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Sheldon Creed, Alpha Prime Racing’s Caesar Bacarella, Viking Motorsports’ Matt DiBenedetto, 2023 Talladega winner, Jordan Anderson Racing’s Jeb Burton and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer rounded out the top 10.

There were 34 lead changes among 16 drivers in a typically Talladega afternoon.

Ryan Sieg, who lost to Sam Mayer last week at Texas Motor Speedway in a photo finish – by .002-seconds – won the Dash 4 Cash $100,000 bonus.

An 11-car accident on Lap 65 proved critical to several race frontrunners as well as Dash 4 Cash eligible drivers.

Herbst hit Justin Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy with only two laps left in the opening stage – both vying for a top 10 and some early stage points. It eliminated Allgaier from contention. Mayer was eliminated in a later multi-car crash and that left an intriguing battle between Sieg, who had to make a green flag late race pit stop because of a flat tire and A.J. Allmendinger, whose car was damaged in a crash.

Sieg and Allmendinger lined up 19th and 20th – respectively – on the second overtime re-start and Sieg was able to pull away, finishing 17th with Allmendinger 19th.

“This is huge for our team,’’ Sieg said. “It was a rough one. I thought I threw it away, but were lucky enough to get the caution at the end and come back and beat the 16. So it all worked out and is pretty extraordinary for our small team.”

Not only does he win the Dash 4 Cash paycheck, but Sieg will compete against Love, Herbst and Alfredo next week at Dover, Del. for the final race of the incentive program.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Chandler Smith, who finished 25th, still holds a 14-point lead over Custer atop the championship standings.

  • Drivers Entered: 40 (2 drivers will not make the race)
  • Laps Scheduled: 113
  • Laps Actual: 124 - NASCAR OVERTIME!
  • Margin of Victory: 0.141 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 30 Minutes 42 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 131.323
  • Cautions: 6 for 28 laps
  • Lead Changes: 34
  • Green Flag Passes: 7,110 (74.1 passes per green flag lap)
Cole Custer celebrates in victory lane
Avondale, Arizona - November 4, 2023 : Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway.
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Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway 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
Jesse Love 2 10 2 1 1 17 4.2 1 211 215 -4 192 91.00 1 99.2 28 22.6 124 125.50 59
Riley Herbst 8 17 7 2 1 23 9.1 6 261 275 -14 201 77.01 0 78.2 13 10.5 124 106.90 40
Anthony Alfredo 11 12 8 3 1 35 12.2 8 347 329 18 233 67.15 2 75.0 6 4.8 124 91.90 34
Leland Honeyman Jr 33 29 20 4 2 38 25.9 29 62 70 -8 4 6.45 3 11.3 0 0.0 124 60.10 33
Brennan Poole 27 31 23 5 1 31 24.0 22 54 69 -15 10 18.52 3 11.3 0 0.0 124 63.10 32
Sheldon Creed 10 14 4 6 3 32 11.0 4 293 271 22 203 69.28 2 71.0 0 0.0 124 92.20 31
Caesar Bacarella 29 24 28 7 3 36 26.4 22 66 71 -5 11 16.67 1 11.3 0 0.0 124 54.50 30
Matt DiBenedetto 28 19 12 8 1 37 19.1 20 284 255 29 91 32.04 8 29.0 1 0.8 124 69.40 29
Jeb Burton 35 8 14 9 3 35 14.4 26 337 288 49 239 70.92 3 66.1 0 0.0 124 89.90 30
Cole Custer 4 15 9 10 1 24 9.9 -6 277 301 -24 217 78.34 2 75.0 4 3.2 124 91.20 29
Mason Massey 38 30 27 11 3 38 27.7 27 66 82 -16 11 16.67 3 8.9 0 0.0 124 52.10 0
Hailie Deegan 31 33 29 12 2 38 30.1 19 38 67 -29 9 23.68 2 9.7 0 0.0 124 45.10 25
Kyle Sieg 25 27 21 13 9 37 23.7 12 81 97 -16 8 9.88 1 11.3 0 0.0 124 60.70 24
Austin Hill 1 9 1 14 1 26 5.0 -13 160 160 0 142 88.75 2 93.6 41 33.1 124 119.50 41
Taylor Gray 13 6 19 15 1 28 14.7 -2 322 313 9 173 53.73 3 54.0 1 0.8 124 83.50 0
Josh Bilicki 36 35 31 16 6 36 27.8 20 47 78 -31 8 17.02 0 11.3 0 0.0 124 41.20 21
Ryan Sieg 24 2 32 17 1 32 14.1 7 210 216 -6 163 77.62 1 57.3 7 5.7 124 77.60 27
Joey Gase 17 34 24 18 2 35 25.1 -1 51 66 -15 9 17.65 0 10.5 0 0.0 124 50.20 19
AJ Allmendinger 14 23 30 19 2 32 17.4 -5 180 182 -2 100 55.56 1 41.9 0 0.0 124 64.70 32
Josh Williams 9 22 3 20 2 35 16.1 -11 291 273 18 123 42.27 3 39.5 0 0.0 124 73.90 17
Sammy Smith 5 1 17 21 1 32 15.6 -16 296 278 18 152 51.35 4 47.6 2 1.6 124 67.70 16
Shane van Gisbergen 18 3 6 22 1 27 10.7 -4 277 271 6 207 74.73 0 80.7 1 0.8 124 87.70 19
Blaine Perkins 26 25 11 23 4 34 18.1 3 256 246 10 64 25.00 3 32.3 0 0.0 123 72.80 14
David Starr 19 26 16 24 1 37 23.4 -5 166 174 -8 59 35.54 2 25.0 1 0.8 123 51.10 13
Chandler Smith 7 13 15 25 1 30 10.6 -18 260 285 -25 208 80.00 6 79.0 3 2.4 123 88.00 24
Ryan Ellis 37 32 26 26 7 38 29.7 11 37 61 -24 1 2.70 1 7.3 0 0.0 123 34.70 11
Kyle Weatherman 20 20 13 27 8 35 19.7 -7 201 159 42 81 40.30 3 29.0 0 0.0 120 61.40 10
Dawson Cram 30 36 25 28 6 38 30.5 2 26 51 -25 0 0.00 1 3.2 0 0.0 120 34.70 9
Parker Kligerman 3 7 5 29 1 28 8.1 -26 240 205 35 173 72.08 0 82.3 10 8.6 117 94.10 21
Parker Retzlaff 21 28 10 30 3 31 19.2 -9 220 223 -3 106 48.18 2 34.7 0 0.0 113 59.90 7
Jordan Anderson 32 5 18 31 1 37 22.4 1 261 247 14 81 31.03 9 24.2 1 0.9 111 50.30 6
Patrick Emerling 12 11 22 32 2 34 21.0 -20 300 292 8 97 32.33 5 21.0 0 0.0 111 58.20 5
Brandon Jones 23 4 33 33 1 23 20.5 -10 189 173 16 149 78.84 0 47.6 4 6.2 65 73.50 13
Ryan Truex 6 16 34 34 1 20 19.7 -28 158 171 -13 139 87.97 1 50.8 1 1.5 65 79.70 8
Jeremy Clements 22 18 35 35 9 35 25.1 -13 171 158 13 68 39.77 0 28.2 0 0.0 65 60.50 2
Sam Mayer 15 21 36 36 6 28 26.7 -21 227 239 -12 72 31.72 9 13.7 0 0.0 65 52.80 1
Jeffrey Earnhardt 34 37 37 37 6 34 30.2 -3 145 160 -15 56 38.62 2 8.9 0 0.0 46 42.00 1
Justin Allgaier 16 38 38 38 4 16 32.1 -22 42 47 -5 36 85.71 0 19.4 0 0.0 24 49.80 1