XFINITY Series Richmond Raceway

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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)
Chandler Smith celebrates in victory lane
Richmond, Virginia - March 30, 2024 : Chandler Smith, driver of the #81 Mobil 1 Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway.
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ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway results
FIN ST # DRIVER MAKE TOT PTS FIN PTS STG PTS PO PTS LAPS LED X LED S1 S2 STATUS
14 7 16 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 23 23 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
2 10 20 Aric Almirola Toyota 57 35 20 2 250 95 4 1 1 Running
11 5 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 38 26 12 0 249 28 3 4 6 Running
7 9 48 Parker Kligerman Chevrolet 30 30 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Running
34 38 35 Joey Gase Chevrolet 3 3 0 0 171 0 0 0 0 Accident
26 21 27 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 11 11 0 0 248 0 0 0 0 Running
18 31 38 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 19 19 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
27 22 43 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 10 10 0 0 248 0 0 0 0 Running
32 15 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 5 5 0 0 220 0 0 0 0 Running
17 23 91 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 20 20 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
28 19 44 Brennan Poole Chevrolet 18 9 9 0 248 0 0 2 0 Running
10 3 0 Cole Custer Ford 32 27 5 0 249 7 1 8 9 Running
21 36 6 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 16 16 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
19 29 92 Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 18 18 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
8 16 21 Austin Hill Chevrolet 33 29 4 0 250 0 0 0 7 Running
37 2 9 Brandon Jones Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 42 0 0 0 0 Engine
24 17 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 13 13 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
12 26 11 Josh Williams Chevrolet 25 25 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
13 14 98 Riley Herbst Ford 29 24 5 0 249 0 0 6 0 Running
29 18 5 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 8 8 0 0 248 0 0 0 0 Running
36 35 7 Patrick Emerling Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 95 0 0 0 0 Brakes
38 30 32 Ryan Vargas Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 Engine
35 20 18 Sheldon Creed Toyota 2 2 0 0 118 0 0 0 0 Brakes
33 28 29 Blaine Perkins Ford 4 4 0 0 181 0 0 0 0 Running
23 34 28 Kyle Sieg Ford 14 14 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
30 11 1 Sam Mayer Chevrolet 22 7 15 0 246 2 2 5 2 Running
25 33 4 Dawson Cram Chevrolet 12 12 0 0 248 0 0 0 0 Running
1 4 81 Chandler Smith Toyota 57 40 12 5 250 76 2 7 3 Running
31 24 15 Hailie Deegan Ford 6 6 0 0 241 0 0 0 0 Running
4 6 26 Corey Heim Toyota 0 0 0 0 250 15 2 3 5 Running
22 32 14 Logan Bearden Chevrolet 16 15 1 0 249 0 0 0 10 Running
3 27 19 Taylor Gray Toyota 0 0 0 0 250 0 0 9 4 Running
16 1 31 Parker Retzlaff Chevrolet 24 21 3 0 249 27 1 0 8 Running
9 13 8 Sammy Smith Chevrolet 29 28 1 0 250 0 0 10 0 Running
20 25 42 Leland Honeyman Jr Chevrolet 17 17 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
5 8 2 Jesse Love Chevrolet 32 32 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Running
15 12 97 Shane van Gisbergen Chevrolet 22 22 0 0 249 0 0 0 0 Running
6 37 88 Bubba Pollard Chevrolet 31 31 0 0 250 0 0 0 0 Running

Race Infractions

Penalties imposed prior to or during the race.

Driver Infraction Penalty Lap Lap Assessed Flag
Joey Gase Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Ryan Sieg Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 44 56 Yellow
Blaine Perkins Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 51 0 Yellow
Anthony Alfredo Tire violation Tail End 79 84 Yellow
Justin Allgaier Pitting before pit road is open Garage Tail End 95 0 Yellow
Anthony Alfredo Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 97 101 Yellow
Logan Bearden Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon Tail End 98 101 Yellow
Ryan Sieg Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 100 101 Yellow
Ryan Sieg Speeding on pit road Tail End 100 101 Yellow
Blaine Perkins Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 158 159 Yellow
Ryan Sieg Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 158 159 Yellow
Ryan Sieg Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 178 183 Yellow