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Andy's Frozen Custard 300

Saturday, April 13th, 2024

Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

  • 25 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 8 Ford

  • Saturday, April 13th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Sam Mayer beats Ryan Sieg in Xfinity Series photo finish at Texas

In a race decided by less than the length of a Texas hot chili pepper, JR Motorsports driver Sam Mayer pulled off a last lap pass of veteran Ryan Sieg to claim his first victory of the season Saturday in the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Officially, the margin of victory was .002-second as Mayer’s No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet and Sieg’s No. 39 Ryan Sieg Racing Ford crossed the finish line door-to-door, bumper-to-bumper – the cars so close officials took a brief extra look to formally declare Mayer the winner. It was Mayer’s first win of the year and fifth of his career.

It would have been Sieg’s first win in 342 career starts in the series.

“That’s absolutely unreal,” the 20-year old Mayer said, shaking his head after climbing out of his car. “This team, the amount of adversity we’ve had to fight this entire year so far and to come to a mile-and-a-half that I want to say I’m good at, but it took a lot.

“It took every ounce of me for me to do that today.”

Sieg led 17 of the final 18 laps and raced off to the front on a pair of late race restarts in the closing 20 laps of the 200-lap race on the 1.5-mile Texas high banks. With nine laps remaining Sieg held a 1.2-second advantage over Mayer. But Mayer cut into that margin with each lap, trailing by only .25-second with two laps remaining and then catching Sieg’s car on the back stretch on the final lap. They exchanged the lead briefly, racing door-to-door and then Sieg pulled alongside as they took the checkered flag in a photo finish – the closest ever for an Xfinity Series race at Texas.

“Awe, it sucks,” said an obviously disappointed Sieg, who has two other career runner-up finishes. “We had a really good car. I just got tight, so tried to change my lines, do everything. I saw him coming and I did all I could do and at the end I was just trying to run him up into the wall to try to win the race. We were so close. This sucks.

“I’ve been second before. Too many times. But this is a good thing, means we’re running where we need to be in the top-five.

“Just got to keep fighting, we’re right there, just got to keep it up,” he added. “We’ll have it in Victory Lane here shortly.”

All the late race drama came at the expense of veteran Justin Allgaier, who led a race best 117 laps and swept both stage victories, but ultimately finished third in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. It was disappointing DeJa’Vu for Allgaier, who a year ago led a dominating 133 of the 200 laps only to finish fifth.

A.J. Allmendinger finished fourth in the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet – a huge rally for the perennial championship contender after he missed his pit stall during the Stage 1 caution, which put him back in the field and forced him to race through the field – again.

Reigning Xfinity Series champion Cole Custer, who started from outside the front row, was a top five car all day and finished fifth in the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Custer now trails championship leader Chandler Smith – who finished 15th – by 19 points in the standings.

Two-race winner, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Hill finished sixth, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ryan Truex, JR Motorsports Sammy Smith, polesitter, RCR’s Jesse Love and Anthony Alfredo, who earned his third top-10 of the season in the Our Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet.

With the win Mayer not only course-corrects a rough start to the 2024 season – he suffered DNFs in three of the first four races – but he earns the coveted $100,000 prize from Xfinity as the Dash 4 Cash winning driver.

He’ll compete against Sieg, Allgaier and Allmendinger for the big Dash 4 Cash check again next week at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

It was a rally not just for driver but for his JR Motorsports team. The perennial championship favorite has struggled early in the 2024 season – its four talented drivers not earning a top-five until last week at Martinsville. On Saturday, not only did the team – co-owned by Kelley Earnhardt Miller and her brother Dale Earnhardt Jr. – win the race but all four cars finished in the top-13 and three of the four drivers (also Brandon Jones) led laps.

  • Drivers Entered: 38
  • Laps Scheduled: 200
  • Margin of Victory: 0.002 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 2 Hours 22 Minutes 53 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 125.977
  • Cautions: 7 for 35 laps
  • Lead Changes: 16
  • Green Flag Passes: 2,211 (13.4 passes per green flag lap)
Jesse Love drives during the Andy
Fort Worth, Texas - April 13, 2024 : Jesse Love, driver of the #2 Whelen Chevrolet, drives during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Andy's Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Andy's Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway 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
Sam Mayer 10 7 2 1 1 20 8.5 9 64 55 9 44 68.75 15 97.5 5 2.5 200 114.10 41
Ryan Sieg 14 6 4 2 1 28 8.6 12 66 46 20 45 68.18 8 95.5 17 8.5 200 110.70 44
Justin Allgaier 6 1 8 3 1 20 2.6 3 45 40 5 30 66.67 44 98.5 117 58.5 200 141.10 54
AJ Allmendinger 8 8 5 4 3 26 9.6 4 66 41 25 35 53.03 7 86.5 0 0.0 200 102.80 37
Cole Custer 2 4 9 5 1 30 4.8 -3 58 64 -6 32 55.17 3 97.0 1 0.5 200 114.20 47
Austin Hill 13 11 6 6 1 29 8.0 7 66 58 8 41 62.12 5 89.5 25 12.5 200 101.80 39
Ryan Truex 7 29 14 7 2 34 11.5 0 76 69 7 39 51.32 9 62.5 0 0.0 200 96.80 35
Sammy Smith 9 3 11 8 3 33 11.5 1 63 65 -2 37 58.73 1 76.0 0 0.0 200 90.40 34
Jesse Love 1 9 7 9 1 30 11.6 -8 60 68 -8 41 68.33 0 86.0 1 0.5 200 87.70 31
Anthony Alfredo 12 12 15 10 6 29 15.7 2 68 64 4 31 45.59 0 51.0 0 0.0 200 79.00 27
Taylor Gray 3 27 12 11 3 31 15.9 -8 79 77 2 36 45.57 5 57.5 0 0.0 200 82.40 0
Josh Williams 22 15 13 12 5 27 16.5 10 74 75 -1 34 45.95 0 40.5 0 0.0 200 76.50 25
Brandon Jones 11 5 1 13 1 24 6.6 -2 65 62 3 45 69.23 16 98.0 2 1.0 200 107.60 38
Kyle Sieg 23 14 25 14 12 35 22.0 9 74 73 1 11 14.86 0 21.0 0 0.0 200 63.70 23
Chandler Smith 4 31 19 15 1 35 12.0 -11 66 60 6 19 28.79 13 58.0 26 13.0 200 88.50 31
Jeremy Clements 18 18 18 16 6 37 20.4 2 88 72 16 11 12.50 2 4.0 0 0.0 200 64.70 21
Corey Heim 17 24 16 17 10 34 20.4 0 80 68 12 8 10.00 1 15.0 0 0.0 200 66.90 0
Shane van Gisbergen 33 23 22 18 2 33 20.3 15 84 73 11 11 13.10 0 13.5 0 0.0 200 64.30 19
Sheldon Creed 15 10 24 19 1 32 13.5 -4 63 73 -10 24 38.10 8 73.5 2 1.0 200 80.50 18
Matt DiBenedetto 27 21 27 20 7 36 24.4 7 75 67 8 5 6.67 0 5.0 0 0.0 200 52.50 17
Brennan Poole 25 33 20 21 13 38 28.5 4 54 57 -3 2 3.70 0 0.0 0 0.0 200 50.00 16
Parker Retzlaff 29 13 17 22 9 35 19.5 7 86 84 2 19 22.09 1 36.0 0 0.0 200 62.80 15
Hailie Deegan 20 16 26 23 14 35 20.5 -3 56 64 -8 4 7.14 0 9.5 0 0.0 200 63.00 14
Daniel Dye 24 17 21 24 11 38 24.0 0 82 83 -1 5 6.10 0 1.5 0 0.0 200 51.50 0
Parker Kligerman 16 22 10 25 1 30 14.8 -9 79 99 -20 34 43.04 4 63.0 4 2.0 200 73.00 13
Ryan Ellis 36 28 28 26 8 36 29.4 10 52 52 0 5 9.62 0 5.0 0 0.0 199 41.30 11
Riley Herbst 5 2 3 27 2 27 5.5 -22 55 72 -17 38 69.09 14 93.5 0 0.0 199 99.70 26
David Starr 38 30 30 28 15 38 31.3 10 38 46 -8 1 2.63 0 1.5 0 0.0 198 35.80 9
Josh Bilicki 28 26 29 29 5 34 27.7 -1 36 50 -14 0 0.00 0 1.0 0 0.0 198 40.00 8
Joey Gase 37 35 31 30 26 37 33.6 7 30 39 -9 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 198 29.20 7
Leland Honeyman Jr 31 34 32 31 5 35 26.2 0 49 52 -3 13 26.53 0 12.0 0 0.0 198 45.80 6
Jeb Burton 21 19 36 32 5 36 23.7 -11 44 32 12 12 27.27 1 39.0 0 0.0 197 54.10 5
Patrick Emerling 30 25 33 33 15 36 29.7 -3 47 63 -16 2 4.26 0 0.0 0 0.0 197 37.70 4
Garrett Smithley 32 36 35 34 30 37 35.1 -2 11 20 -9 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 197 29.70 3
Blaine Perkins 26 32 34 35 22 36 31.2 -9 35 55 -20 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 197 32.80 2
Kyle Weatherman 19 20 23 36 4 36 22.6 -17 65 55 10 10 15.38 0 12.0 0 0.0 191 48.00 1
Dawson Cram 34 38 37 37 31 38 37.4 -3 3 8 -5 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 191 23.70 1
Chad Finchum 35 37 38 38 29 38 36.0 -3 9 12 -3 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 127 29.30 1