FORT WORTH — None of the Xfinity Series playoff drivers were able to clinch a spot in the championship race thanks to a John Hunter Nemechek victory in the Andy’s Frozen Custard 335 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday.
Nemechek — in just his fourth race of 2021 and second for Joe Gibbs Racing — overcame a pit road penalty in the third stage of the race to lead the final 20 laps at the 1.5-mile track; his first Xfinity Series win of 2021 and second of his career.
“This thing was awesome, it was so fast all day,” Nemechek said of the win.
Daniel Hemric, his teammate, finished runner up as the first playoff driver. Hemric led 55 laps en route to his tenth second-place finish in his Xfinity Series career.
“Just got to keep working, I don’t know, that’s all you can do,” Hemric said. “Keep showing up, keep grinding it out. Thankful to be a part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“Thankful to know that I can leave it all on the line these next three races for Joe Gibbs Racing and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric rounded out the Top-5 finishers.
A.J. Allmendinger, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones, all playoff drivers, finished sixth, seventh, eighth and tenth respectively.
The next scheduled race for the Xfinity Series is Saturday, Oct. 23 at Kansas Speedway.