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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)
Sam Mayer crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Sieg
Fort Worth, Texas - April 13, 2024 : Sam Mayer, driver of the #1 Carolina Carports Chevrolet, crosses the finish line ahead of Ryan Sieg, driver of the #39 Sci Aps Ford, to win 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 results
FIN ST # DRIVER MAKE TOT PTS FIN PTS STG PTS PO PTS LAPS LED X LED S1 S2 STATUS
4 8 16 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 37 33 4 0 200 0 0 9 9 Running
28 38 14 David Starr Ford 9 9 0 0 198 0 0 0 0 Running
7 7 20 Ryan Truex Toyota 35 30 5 0 200 0 0 6 0 Running
3 6 7 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 56 34 20 2 200 117 4 1 1 Running
25 16 48 Parker Kligerman Chevrolet 13 12 1 0 200 4 1 10 0 Running
30 37 35 Joey Gase Chevrolet 7 7 0 0 198 0 0 0 0 Running
32 21 27 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 5 5 0 0 197 0 0 0 0 Running
20 27 38 Matt DiBenedetto Ford 17 17 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
26 36 43 Ryan Ellis Chevrolet 11 11 0 0 199 0 0 0 0 Running
2 14 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 44 35 9 0 200 17 1 8 5 Running
36 19 91 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 191 0 0 0 0 Accident
21 25 44 Brennan Poole Chevrolet 16 16 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
5 2 00 Cole Custer Ford 47 32 15 0 200 1 1 5 2 Running
38 35 66 Chad Finchum Ford 1 1 0 0 127 0 0 0 0 Suspension
34 32 6 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 3 3 0 0 197 0 0 0 0 Running
29 28 92 Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 8 8 0 0 198 0 0 0 0 Running
6 13 21 Austin Hill Chevrolet 39 31 8 0 200 25 1 7 7 Running
13 11 9 Brandon Jones Chevrolet 38 24 14 0 200 2 2 4 4 Running
16 18 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 21 21 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
12 22 11 Josh Williams Chevrolet 25 25 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
27 5 98 Riley Herbst Ford 26 10 16 0 199 0 0 3 3 Running
10 12 5 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 27 27 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
33 30 07 Patrick Emerling Chevrolet 4 4 0 0 197 0 0 0 0 Running
19 15 18 Sheldon Creed Toyota 18 18 0 0 200 2 1 0 0 Running
35 26 29 Blaine Perkins Ford 2 2 0 0 197 0 0 0 0 Running
14 23 28 Kyle Sieg Ford 23 23 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
1 10 1 Sam Mayer Chevrolet 46 40 1 5 200 5 4 0 10 Running
37 34 4 Dawson Cram Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 191 0 0 0 0 Running
15 4 81 Chandler Smith Toyota 31 22 9 0 200 26 1 2 0 Running
23 20 15 Hailie Deegan Ford 14 14 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
17 17 26 Corey Heim Toyota 0 0 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
11 3 19 Taylor Gray Toyota 0 0 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
22 29 31 Parker Retzlaff Chevrolet 15 15 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
8 9 8 Sammy Smith Chevrolet 34 29 5 0 200 0 0 0 6 Running
31 31 42 Leland Honeyman Jr Chevrolet 6 6 0 0 198 0 0 0 0 Running
24 24 10 Daniel Dye Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running
9 1 2 Jesse Love Chevrolet 31 28 3 0 200 1 1 0 8 Running
18 33 97 Shane van Gisbergen Chevrolet 19 19 0 0 200 0 0 0 0 Running

Race Infractions

Penalties imposed prior to or during the race.

Driver Infraction Penalty Lap Lap Assessed Flag
Kyle Sieg Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Parker Retzlaff Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Matt DiBenedetto Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Jeremy Clements Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Daniel Dye Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 12 16 Yellow
Corey Heim Speeding on pit road Tail End 49 52 Yellow
Chad Finchum Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon Tail End 50 52 Yellow
Kyle Weatherman Tire violation Tail End 81 84 Yellow
Brennan Poole Equipment Interference Tail End 94 97 Yellow
Ryan Truex Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 96 97 Yellow
Jeb Burton Commitment Line Violation Tail End 101 106 Yellow
Jeb Burton Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 101 106 Yellow
Blaine Perkins Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 103 106 Yellow
Chad Finchum Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 103 106 Yellow
Kyle Weatherman Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 105 106 Yellow
Sheldon Creed Safety violation Pass Thru 146 152 Green
Justin Allgaier Tire violation Pass Thru 147 152 Green
Leland Honeyman Jr Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 178 179 Yellow
Sheldon Creed Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 184 189 Yellow
Blaine Perkins Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 185 189 Yellow
Kyle Weatherman Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 185 189 Yellow
Leland Honeyman Jr Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Tail End 187 189 Yellow