Noah Gragson goes back-to-back, wins Xfinity race at Richmond

Noah Gragson followed his Darlington triumph recently by winning Saturday afternoon’s Xfinity Series race at Richmond Raceway.

The JR Motorsports chauffeur had actually not won this season up until that Darlington win.

Justin Haley, making the most of fresher tires than the majority of the field, credited 2nd. John Hunter Nemechek, driving for Sam Hunt Racing, positioned 3rd. Justin Allgaier completed 4th. Riley Herbst finished the leading 5.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., running his only Xfinity race of the season, completed 14th.

“They race hard in the middle of the pack, especially around me,” Earnhardt informed NBCSN’s Dillon Welch. “I was up for it. It was fun. We got to beating on some of them guys. They beat back on us. … We didn’t have the car, I think, that I was looking for, and maybe I just couldn’t figure how to get it around the track.

“We tried hard. We tried to make adjustments and couldn’t really figure out how to make the left front work. The car was really tight.

“It was fun. I love racing with these Xfinty Series (drivers). All these guys have got so much heart, and they race so hard. You can tell they’re trying to prove themselves, and it’s so fun to be out there with them and learn about those guys.”

PHASE 1 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger


WHO HAD A GREAT RACE: John Hunter Nemechek’s third-place surface was the very best outcome for Sam Hunt Racing. … Brandon Brown positioned 8th, ending an 11-race streak without a top-10 surface. It was his 8 leading 10 of the year, the most he’s had in a season.

NOTABLE: The 9 warns were one of the most in a race at Richmond given that there were 10 in a race there in Might 2009.

NEXT: The Xfinity routine season ends Sept. 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN)

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