HAMPTON, GA. — After infamously parking his car on the frontstretch, Josh Williams returned to Atlanta Motor Speedway and parked it in the top-10 Saturday.
Williams pitted during a caution on lap 102 and entered overtime in 16th with plenty of fuel.
Several drivers didn’t, including frontrunners Chandler Smith and Parker Kligerman.
While they stumbled, Josh Williams pounced and grabbed eight spots with one lap to go. At the checkered flag, Williams finished ninth.
The ninth-place finish is the Florida native’s 10th Xfinity Series top-10 finish and second top-10 of 2023.
It’s also Williams’ best finish since finishing ninth at Texas in October 2020.
In March, Williams brought out a debris caution after his crew tried to repair crash damage. NASCAR asked him to park and retire from the race.
Williams did – on the frontstretch as other cars paced around Atlanta Motor Speedway. He walked into the infield and back to pit road.
The incident netted him a one-race suspension.
Williams won’t be suspended when the Xfinity Series runs the July 15 Ambetter Health 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The race kicks off just after 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT on USA Network, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.