Monday, June 24, 2024

Sam Mayer, Carson Hocevar win in dramatic late battles

In Wisconsin on Saturday, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America came down to an overtime scramble as Sam Mayer had to hold off Parker Kligerman and Austin Hill to win. Hours later in Virginia, Carson Hocevar got by Ty Majeski in the closing laps to end the Craftsman Truck Series regular season on a high note at Richmond Raceway.

Mayer, a Wisconsinite, tailed his JR Motorsports team-mate Justin Allgaier for much of the day before a massive wreck occurred with four laps remaining; Sammy Smith and A.J. Allmendinger made contact that shot both into the grass before the latter ricocheted off the wall, and Cole Custer was also collected to trigger the caution and set up overtime. Despite leading 42 of 49 laps and winning the first two stages, Allgaier spun and fell to eighteenth.

With Allgaier out of the picture, Mayer squared off with Sage Karam before Kligerman entered the picture. Neither he nor Austin Hill were able to catch Mayer as he pulled away for his maiden Xfinity win.

Like Mayer, Hocevar was not the most dominant driver in the Truck race. Majeski put on a clinic from the pole in Richmond as he led 168 of 250 laps. Even a speeding penalty on pit road for going 50.01 miles per hour (45 mph is the speed limit, but drivers are permitted to go over by five mph at most) was not enough to put him down. Meanwhile, Hocevar’s night started on a sour note when he had to pit with a flat tyre before the race even began.

However, pit strategy placed Hocevar at the front on fresher tyres than Majeski, who was unable to keep him at bay before Hocevar cleared him with four laps to go.

“Our truck was so much faster than everybody else,” said Majeski who settled for second. “Hindsight is always 20/20, obviously maybe should have pitted, but without that speeding penalty we win it staying out too. I’m disappointed. We’ve got to clean up the mistakes and be better, but the good news is we have fast trucks heading into the playoffs.

“You can’t do anything. You’re on 100-and-whatever-lap tyres and he’s on 40. You just don’t have a chance. I felt like our pace was going to be okay, but once guys are on new tyres, there were so many of them, they kept passing me and getting me off the bottom. I was just losing too much lap time to maintain the lead there, so it’s disappointing, but we should be good at IRP.”

Corey Heim finished third to win the regular season championship.

Xfinity race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 5 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
2 17 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 49 Running
3 14 21 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
4 6 24 Sage Karam Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 49 Running
5 4 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 49 Running
6 13 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
7 9 26 Kaz Grala Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 49 Running
8 11 91 Josh Bilicki DGM Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
9 1 10 A.J. Allmendinger* Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
10 33 9 Brandon Jones JR Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
11 32 11 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
12 19 27 Jeb Burton Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
13 34 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 49 Running
14 20 31 Parker Retzlaff Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
15 26 6 Brennan Poole JD Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
16 23 78 Anthony Alfredo B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
17 25 02 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
18 3 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
19 21 44 Brad Pérez Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
20 38 4 Kyle Weatherman JD Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
21 18 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
22 29 53 Patrick Emerling Emerling-Gase Motorsports Chevrolet 49 Running
23 35 38 Joe Graf Jr. RSS Racing Ford 49 Running
24 28 35 Stanton Barrett Emerling-Gase Motorsports Toyota 49 Running
25 30 66 Dexter Stacey MBM Motorsports Toyota 49 Running
26 12 2 Sheldon Creed RIchard Childress Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
27 31 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 49 Running
28 22 45 Leland Honeyman Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 45 Transmission
29 7 19 Connor Mosack Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 44 Rear Gear
30 2 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 41 Accident
31 10 18 Sammy Smith Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 41 Accident
32 27 28 Kyle Sieg RSS Racing Ford 39 Brakes
33 37 08 Alex Labbé SS-Green Light Racing Ford 38 Accident
34 8 20 John Hunter Nemechek Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 31 Accident
35 36 43 Ryan Ellis Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 25 Accident
36 15 25 Brett Moffitt AM Racing Ford 23 Hub
37 16 16 Chandler Smith Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 20 Accident
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points

Truck race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 17 42 Carson Hocevar Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 250 Running
2 1 98 Ty Majeski ThorSport Racing Ford 250 Running
3 15 38 Zane Smith Front Row Motorsports Ford 250 Running
4 12 35 Jake Garcia McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 250 Running
5 5 51 Matt Mills Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 250 Running
6 2 11 Corey Heim TRICON Garage Toyota 250 Running
7 8 88 Matt Crafton ThorSport Racing Ford 250 Running
8 14 2 Nick Sanchez Rev Racing Chevrolet 249 Running
9 13 23 Grant Enfinger GMS Racing Chevrolet 249 Running
10 3 1 William Sawalich TRICON Garage Toyota 249 Running
11 6 19 Christian Eckes McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet 249 Running
12 4 99 Ben Rhodes ThorSport Racing Ford 249 Running
13 21 16 Tyler Ankrum Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota 249 Running
14 19 17 Taylor Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 249 Running
15 25 13 Hailie Deegan ThorSport Racing Ford 249 Running
16 7 15 Tanner Gray TRICON Garage Toyota 249 Running
17 10 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley WAR Chevrolet 249 Running
18 11 41 Bayley Currey Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 248 Running
19 16 24 Rajah Caruth GMS Racing Chevrolet 248 Running
20 24 66 Conner Jones ThorSport Racing Ford 248 Running
21 18 43 Daniel Dye GMS Racing Chevrolet 248 Running
22 9 4 Chase Purdy Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet 248 Running
23 30 56 Timmy Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 248 Running
24 27 9 Colby Howard CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet 247 Running
25 20 5 Dean Thompson TRICON Garage Toyota 247 Running
26 29 02 Will Rodgers Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 247 Running
27 23 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota 247 Running
28 22 45 Lawless Alan Niece Motorsports Chevrolet 247 Running
29 26 32 Bret Holmes Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 247 Running
30 28 30 Ryan Vargas On Point Motorsports Toyota 246 Running
31 34 90 Justin Carroll TC Motorsports Toyota 245 Running
32 35 22 Christian Rose AM Racing Ford 244 Running
33 31 33 Derek Lemke Reaume Brothers Racing Ford 243 Running
34 33 20 Mason Massey* Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 242 Running
35 32 12 Spencer Boyd Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet 240 Running
36 36 34 Josh Reaume Reaume Brothers Racing Ford 239 Running
DNQ 14 Trey Hutchens Trey Hutchens Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 46 Memphis Villarreal G2G Racing Toyota
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