Stage One of Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio saw two cautions and an incident that marked the end of the day for three drivers.
On Lap 1, Noah Gragson’s car sustained severe nose damage after Gragson ran wide and hit the outer-lying dirt, which brought out the first caution of the race for fluids leaking from Gragson’s disabled car.
On Lap 9, Tommy Joe Martins’ engine expired, which brought out the second caution.
Almost mirroring Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton ran wide at the exit of turn one on Lap 18 and hit the dirt. Burton’s car sustained nose damage but Burton was able to get to the pits and no caution flew. However, the damage was too much for Burton’s crew to repair which took him out of the race.
Noah Gragson and Tommy Joe Martins each incurred their third consecutive DNF. It was Gragson’s sixth DNF and Martins’ fourth DNF.
Harrison Burton incurred his second DNF of the 2021 season and his first since the February race at Homestead where he blew an engine.
Harrison Burton, Tommy Joe Martins and Noah Gragson finished 38th, 39th and 40th, respectively.