Monday, May 27, 2024

Lightning forces The Loop 121 postponement

The NASCAR Xfinity Series‘ inaugural race on a street circuit didn’t even make it halfway before lightning ruined everyone’s Saturday. After completing twenty-five of fifty-five laps, lightning strikes within the radius of the Chicago area forced the remainder of The Loop 121 to be pushed to Sunday at 10 AM Central Time.

While NASCAR can race street and road courses in the rain, a lightning strike automatically causes a thirty-minute delay. The strikes occurred within eight miles of the Chicago Lakefront on which the track is located, hampering track drying efforts.

Pole sitter Cole Custer led all twenty-five laps prior to the delay, with points leader John Hunter Nemechek in tow. At the back, Sheldon Creed worked his way up from last to eleventh; he was forced to start at the rear in a backup car after crashing while over-driving his car in qualifying despite already being the second fastest driver.

Andre Castro and Justin Marks are the lone retirements so far. Marks, running his first Xfinity race since 2018, suffered an engine failure after just three laps. Castro’s NASCAR début came to an end when he spun into the tyre barrier on lap 18.

Running order at delay

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 1 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 25 Running
2 3 20 John Hunter Nemechek Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25 Running
3 6 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
4 7 25 Brett Moffitt AM Racing Ford 25 Running
5 5 21 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
6 8 18 Sammy Smith Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25 Running
7 9 11 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
8 16 16 Chandler Smith Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
9 10 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 25 Running
10 25 26 Kaz Grala Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 25 Running
11 2 2 Sheldon Creed Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
12 13 50 Preston Pardus Pardus Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
13 17 88 Miguel Paludo JR Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
14 32 4 Kyle Weatherman JD Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
15 18 36 Alex Guenette DGM Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
16 26 24 Parker Chase Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 25 Running
17 29 02 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
18 4 19 Connor Mosack Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 25 Running
19 14 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
20 31 27 Jeb Burton Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
21 37 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
22 19 35 Alex Labbé Emerling-Gase Motorsports Toyota 25 Running
23 11 44 Sage Karam Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
24 23 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
25 15 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 25 Running
26 24 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 25 Running
27 33 6 Brennan Poole JD Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
28 34 78 Anthony Alfredo B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
29 22 07 Spencer Pumpelly SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
30 21 31 Parker Retzlaff Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
31 30 9 Brandon Jones JR Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
32 20 43 Ryan Ellis Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 25 Running
33 27 53 Brad Pérez Emerling-Gase Motorsports Chevrolet 25 Running
34 35 38 Joe Graf Jr. RSS Racing Ford 25 Running
35 38 28 Brent Sherman RSS Racing Ford 25 Running
36 36 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 22 Running
37 28 34 Andre Castro Jesse Iwuji Motorsports Chevrolet 16 Accident
38 12 10 Justin Marks Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 3 Engine
DNQ 91 Dexter Bean DGM Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 45 Jeffrey Earnhardt Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 08 Joey Gase SS-Green Light Racing Ford
DNQ 74 Dawson Cram CHK Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 66 Dexter Stacey MBM Motorsports Toyota
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
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