Thursday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway was amazing. Drivers struggled to pass so the slide job was on full display.
Noah Gragson started from the pole, or more commonly known as first-place. He led 85 laps, the most of the race, but he struggled to pass late in the race. He couldn’t advance passed third. Lane choice was a major contributor to this. The traction compound was laid down on the outside line or the lane closest to the outside retaining SAFER Barrier. The drivers posted in the inside line, or the closest to the bottom of the track, lost so much track position on the restart.
Austin Cindric has been close to winning a race on an oval track since he debuted in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He is a renown driver on road courses. His previous two wins were on road courses. He took the lead with less than 50 laps remaining and couldn’t be caught. He withstood late-race restarts and contention from Justin Allgaier, Nosh Gragson, Harrison Burton and Chase Briscoe. He has been driving for Team Penske since he’s competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He should have won an oval track race before last night because his team is one of twelve teams that have Five-Star-rated performance. He’s started 51 races. Nevertheless he won.
The race was excellent overall. I’d rate it 75 percent. The series’ next race is tonight from Kentucky Speedway, the second of two races in two days. Tonight’s race should be slightly better. Stay tuned for a article reviewing tonight’s race.