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Dale Jr. set for lone Xfinity Series start at Richmond as playoffs loom for series regulars

ByHolly Cain NASCAR Wire Service September 9, 2021  at 3:53 PM

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Only two races remain to set the 12-driver NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff grid and the Regular Season Championship remains very much up for grabs with only a single point separating five-race winner Austin Cindric and three-race winner A.J. Allmendinger.

That means there’s certainly a lot on the line in Saturday’s Go Bowling 250 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at the 0.75-mile Richmond (Va.) Raceway – the Xfinity Series’ first trip to the track this season.

And to top it all off, one of the sport’s most popular drivers – ever – NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the track for his annual one-race competition. With four wins in eight NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Richmond, Earnhardt leaves the NBC television booth Saturday afternoon and climbs into his JR Motorsports team’s  No. 8 “United for America” Chevrolet an absolute favorite to win.

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His teammate, JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier, a two-time winner in 2021, swept both events at Richmond last year and is the only full-time series driver with a previous win at the track. He’s finished fourth or better in the last four Richmond races and his 494 laps led is second only to Earnhardt’s 829 laps led.

The competitive level for Saturday’s race will be extremely high with Team Penske’s Austin Cindric and Kaulig Racing’s AJ Allmendinger involved in a tight regular-season title fight. Cindric’s third-place effort at Darlington, S.C. last weekend along with Allmendinger’s 20th-place showing has certainly tightened the standings and increased the competitive drama for these final two regular-season races.

“It’s gonna be a fun two weeks,” Cindric promised with a smile.

Although he has yet to win at Richmond, Cindric has been very good at the track scoring five top-10 finishes in six starts. He was runner-up in both 2019 races and led 64 laps in the spring Richmond race last year, finishing fourth. Allmendinger, on the other hand, has only one Xfinity Series start – a 14th-place finish back in 2007. The veteran competed in 23 NASCAR Cup Series races at the track with only three top-10 finishes – his best showing a sixth place in 2014.

As productive as Allmendinger has been this year, it’s easy to forget he’s only had 51 total Xfinity Series starts in his career and that this is his first full season in Xfinity.

Conversely, the 12th and final Playoff position is also still very much up for grabs – via a new race winner who would automatically transfer in or simply the points battle between Riley Herbst and Michael Annett.

The JR Motorsports driver Annett held that Playoff position before a leg injury forced him to miss four of the previous six races. Meanwhile, Herbst, who drives the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, has earned four top-10 finishes in the last six races. Herbst has two top-10 finishes in three Richmond starts. Similarly, Annett has scored top-10 finishes in the last three Richmond races.

The latest driver to lock himself into the postseason is Noah Gragson. Gragson, 23, earned his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of 2021 this past weekend at Darlington, S.C. and has top-10 finishes in four of his five Richmond starts, including a runner-up showing in 2018.

Gragson, as with the rest of the field, can count on a legitimate threat from his boss Earnhardt, who has been a master at Richmond. In eight Xfinity Series starts, he has four wins and seven top-10 finishes. He won three consecutive starts in three decades – 1999, 2002 and 2016 – four of five starts including a 1998 win as well.

And Earnhardt’s No. 8 carries a special nod to the Sept. 11 race date. The Chevrolet’s paint scheme will include tributes to the people lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks – with the two World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 Memorial in the design with the phrase, “Never Forget” on the quarter panels.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since that terrible day,” Earnhardt said. “The spirit of unity and togetherness our country felt on Sept. 11 is just as relevant now as it was then. I’m honored to be driving this car and championing Unilever’s United for America program.”

JJ Yeley to Replace Max Papis in the No. 17 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

Mooresville, NC (August 12th, 2021) – JJ Yeley will take over in the Rick Ware Racing Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) No. 17 Chevrolet Camaro for the Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course this Saturday August 14th, 2021, for Max Papis after Max tested positive for COVID-19.

“It’s always an unfortunate event when another driver has to be taken out of the car. I have a great respect for Max and all that he has done for the motorsport’s world. I will try my best to get the Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) car in the show and compete on Saturday.”

“We were so excited to see the return of Max Papis after our conversation in Nashville last weekend. We knew he would be competitive at the legendary Brickyard with the extensive history he has at the track. I hope Max has a speedy recovery from COVID-19. We were lucky enough to have JJ on hand because he is driving the #51 Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) midget at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track event on Monday. We have all the confidence in the world that JJ will be competitive in the Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) Chevrolet this Saturday.”

Nurtec ODT (Rimegepant) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the acute treatment of migraine in February 2020 and is the first and only CGRP receptor antagonist available in an orally disintegrating tablet (ODT). A single dose of Nurtec ODT has been shown to get people with migraine back to normal functioning within 60 minutes and have lasting effects for up to 48 hours.
Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraine and the World Health Organization classifies migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses. Migraine is characterized by debilitating attacks lasting four to 72 hours with multiple symptoms, including pulsating headaches of moderate to severe pain intensity that can be associated with nausea or vomiting, and/or sensitivity to sound (phonophobia) and sensitivity to light (photophobia).

The Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Indianapolis Road Course is scheduled for this Saturday August 14th, 2021 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. For more information about Rick Ware Racing, please visit www.WareRacing.com.

Un-BELL-ievable

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Hot shoe Christopher Bell powers his Toyota to third straight NASCAR Xfinity Series win at “The Magic Mile.”

LOUDON, N.H. – Christopher Bell didn’t need any help finding victory lane after Saturday’s Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). For his third consecutive NXS start at NHMS, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver piloted his Toyota Supra to the checkered flag to cap off an action-packed Doubleheader Saturday at “The Magic Mile.”

“New Hampshire Motor Speedway sure has been good to me; I like coming up here,” Bell said following a dominant performance that saw the 26-year-old lead 151 of 200 laps. “That last restart was really tough. I was taking off really loose. Justin (Allgaier) was able to stay right on my corner.”

With clean air and a wicked fast ride, Bell pulled away to win by 6.42 seconds over Allgaier to earn Toyota its 11th win in the last 13 NXS races at the 1.058-mile track. Daniel Hemric, Austin Cendric and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.

Bell started 14th but powered his way to the front to grab the lead on lap 44 and never looked back.

The race was marked by five cautions, including a competition caution and stage breaks. Bell won all three stages en route to his 17th career victory in NASCAR’s penultimate series.

In addition to taking home the Ambetter Get Vaccinated 200 trophy, Bell admitted that the race gave him crucial experience looking ahead to Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) race.

“I think these weekends with no practice and no qual – you’re not sitting in the car until the race, I think that gives us a real advantage,” he said. “It’ll be an advantage for whatever time period – two laps, five laps. By the end of the race, obviously, everyone’s up to speed, but hopefully it will let me get into the Loudon rhythm a little faster and we’ll see what happens. The last three times that I’ve been here have been amazing. Hopefully I can do it again tomorrow.”

Following the win, Bell sought out a fan wearing one of his t-shirts and gave him the checkered flag.

“That’s really special,” Bell said. “Hopefully that’s a lifelong memory right there.”

New England’s biggest event weekend of the summer continues with Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 when the NCS takes to “The Magic Mile.” Green flag is scheduled for 3:18 p.m.

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