Austin Hill Claims Victory: Complete NASCAR Results from Daytona Xfinity Race

Tue Feb,2024
Austin Hill Claims Victory: Complete NASCAR Results from Daytona Xfinity Race Racing

Austin Hill kicked off the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series season with a remarkable victory, clinching the United Rentals 300 at Daytona International Speedway on Monday night. This win marked his third consecutive triumph in the season opener and his seventh career victory in the Xfinity Series.

Austin Hill Overcomes Adversity to Win

Hill had to get through a lot of problems to get to the winning lane. He was in an early accident that hurt the front bumper of his right car. He also got in trouble for going too fast on pit road during the last stage. Even with these failures, he and his Richard Childress Racing team were able to get back to the front of the pack.

Austin-HillAustin Hill is a NASCAR Xfinity driver for Richard Childress Racing.

In addition, he won the second stage and was in first place for nine laps of the race. With two laps to go, he passed his old friend Sheldon Creed to take the lead for the last time. He then held off Creed's charge on the last lap, when a crash behind them put an end to the race early.

Creed Settles for Second, Retzlaff impresses in third

This season, Creed moved from the Truck Series to the Xfinity Series. He did well in his first race in the No. 18 car. He was in first place for 12 laps and came in second, just 0.591 seconds behind Hill. He also got points in both stages and came in fourth and third, respectively.

A 19-year-old youngster named Parker Retzlaff surprised a lot of people by coming in third. He ran for Jordan Anderson Racing in the No. 31 car. This was the first season for the team at Xfinity. Retzlaff stayed out of the wrecks and in the lead draft, which was his first top-10 finish ever.

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How Did Jordan Anderson & Chandler Smith Steal the Show in the Daytona Xfinity Race?

Jordan Anderson, who owned and drove the No. 32 car, came in fourth, which was the best score of his career. Plus, he led three laps of the race. That was the first time in the Xfinity Series that he had done that.

Chandler Smith, another rookie, drove the No. 81 car for Kyle Busch Motorsports and came in fifth. He was also in first place in the first stage and led four laps.

Riley Herbst came in sixth. This season, he went to the No. 98 car for Stewart-Haas Racing. He led 35 laps of the race and was in the running for the win until the last few laps when he was moved out of the draft.

John Hunter Nemechek placed seventh in the No. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing. He had been in the Cup Series for a year and then moved back to the Xfinity Series. He was also in first place for 10 laps and fifth place in the second stage.

The 2023 Xfinity Series winner, Justin Allgaier, came in eighth in the No. 7 car for JR Motorsports. Six laps of the first stage were led by him, and he came in sixth.

Last year, Brandon Jones won four races. In the No. 9 car for Joe Gibbs Racing, he came in ninth. He also led two laps and came in seventh place in the second stage.

In the No. 16 car for Kaulig Racing, AJ Allmendinger came in 10th. He won three races last year. He also led one lap and came in eighth place in the first stage.

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Austin Hill Wins the Daytona Xfinity Race After a Two-Day Delay & Nine Cautions

The race was supposed to happen on Saturday night, but it had to be moved to Monday because of rain. NASCAR had two races that day. The first was the Daytona 500, which William Byron won.

Austin-HillAustin Hill secures victory in the Daytona Xfinity Race after a two-day delay. 

During the 44-lap race, there were nine delays because of multiple accidents that slowed down the field. The worst crash happened on lap 37 when Nemechek turned Jesse Love, who had been in the lead and had led 34 laps. This caused 11 cars to crash into each other. In his first Xfinity race, actress and racer Frankie Muniz was one of the people who had to drop out because of damage.

There were also 14 different leaders and 23 lead changes during the race, as cars often switched places in the draft. At times, the race went as fast as 136.426 mph, and the winner was only 0.591 seconds ahead.

The Xfinity Series' next race will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24. The race will begin at 5 p.m. ET and be shown on FS1.

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