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AJ Allmendinger Wins Thrilling Race at Bristol; Takes Regular Season Championship: With cars bouncing off each other like pinballs through two laps of overtime, AJ Allmendinger took his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet three-wide to the bottom, passed Justin Allgaier and Austin Cindric on the final lap and won Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Read more)(9-17-2021)

In thrilling fashion, #16-AJ Allmendinger won Friday’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. On an overtime restart, Allmendinger chose the inside of the front row, underneath #22-Austin Cindric. Battling for the regular season championship, the two drivers tangled coming to the finish line, where Allmendinger edged ahead of Cindric for the win and regular season championship.
#98-Riley Herbst earned his best finish of the season in third. #7-Justin Allgaier led a race-high 92 laps but settled for third, while #19-Brandon Jones rounded out the top five.
#11-Justin Haley placed sixth, with #20-Harrison Burton, #2-Myatt Snider, #8-Sam Mayer and #18-Daniel Hemric rounding out the top 10.
Allgaier won the opening stage, while Hemric earned a playoff point for winning the second stage.
There were 11 leaders among seven drivers and 10 cautions for 72 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 75.026 mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Driver Points Before Reset, Owner Points Before Reset, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

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Race Fast Facts – Bristol:
AJ Allmendinger won the 40th Annual Food City 300, his ninth victory in 53 NASCAR Xfinity Series
This is his fourth victory and 17th top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in two races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Austin Cindric (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in seven races at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his 19th top-10 finish in 2021.
Riley Herbst (third) posted his second top-10 finish in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Sam Mayer (ninth) was the highest finishing rookie.
AJ Allmendinger has won the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season Championship

Xfinity Series Standings after Bristol (Race 26 of 33):
1)Austin Cindric 2,044 points
2)AJ Allmendinger 2,044, -0
3)Justin Allgaier 2,020, -24
4)Noah Gragson 2,017, -27
5)Justin Haley 2,015, -29
6)Daniel Hemric 2,014, -30
7)Jeb Burton 2,009, -35
8)Harrison Burton 2,008, -36
9)Myatt Snider 2,005, -39
10)Brandon Jones 2,003, -41
11)Riley Herbst 2,001, -43
12)Jeremy Clements 2,000, -44
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

Xfinity Series Playoff Standings After Bristol (Before points reset):
1)AJ Allmedinger (4 wins) 1,043 points
2)Austin Cindric (5 wins) 1,033, -10
3)Justin Allgaier (2 wins) 924, -119
4)Noah Gragson (2 wins) 863 -180
5)Justin Haley (1 win) 864, -179
6)Jeb Burton (1 win) 789, -254
7)Myatt Snider (1 win) 587, -456
8)Daniel Hemric 895, -148
9)Harrison Burton 871, -172
10)Brandon Jones 629, -414
11)Riley Herbst 624, -419
12)Jeremy Clements 622, -421
See the Driver Points Standings (before reset) and Owner Points Standings (before reset)

Cars to the rear: #1-Josh Berry (driver change)

Pit Stall Selections

For the first time this season, #9-Noah Gragson will start from the pole in Friday’s Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol. Gragson’s JR Motorsports teammate, #7-Justin Allgaier, will start alongside in second.
#54-Ty Gibbs will line up third, with #18-Daniel Hemric and #11-Justin Haley rounding out the top five. #20-Harrison Burton, #10-Jeb Burton, #98-Riley Herbst, #22-Austin Cindric and #16-AJ Allmendinger complete the top 10.
Based on points, #13-Timmy Hill won’t compete in the event.
The lineup was set by the qualifying metrics, based on race finish, points position, and fastest race lap.
See the complete Food City 300 Starting Lineup.

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The Entry List for the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway is posted, with 41 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] listed. Based on points, #13-Timmy Hill will miss the show.
Notables: #23-Ty Dillon, #26-Brandon Gdovic, #31-Sage Karam, #78-Jesse Little, #99-Stefan Parsons.
See the full entry list on the Bristol Entry List Page.


BRISTOL, Tenn. – AJ Allmendinger scored a dramatic win in Friday night’s Xfinity regular-season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Allmendinger and runner-up Austin Cindric crashed across the finish line. Riley Herbst was third. Justin Allgaier placed fourth. Brandon Jones completed the top five.

Results: Bristol Xfinity results


AJ Allmendinger‘s victory gave him the regular-season title for the Xfinity Series and 15 bonus playoff points. Allmendinger won the title by 10 points on Austin Cindric.

Here is how the playoff field is seeded headed into next week’s playoff opener at Las Vegas after the addition of the bonus playoff points:

2044 – Austin Cindric

2044 – AJ Allmendinger

2020 – Justin Allgaier

2017 – Noah Gragson

2015 – Justin Haley

2014 – Daniel Hemric

2009 – Jeb Burton

2008 – Harrison Burton

2005 – Myatt Snider

2003 – Brandon Jones

2001 – Riley Herbst

2000 – Jeremy Clements

Points: Reseeded Driver points after Bristol

Points: Final Xfinity regular-season points



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NASCAR Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series races return to BMS in 2022

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NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced today that the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Bristol Motor Speedway in 2022 to join NASCAR Cup Series race weekends in April and September. 

The Pinty’s Truck Race on Dirt will be held Saturday, April 16, as the primary companion race to Sunday night’s Food City Dirt Race in the NASCAR Cup Series on the dirt transformed Last Great Colosseum.

Both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will support the Bass Pro Shops America’s Night Race NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race in September. All three September races will be run on BMS’s traditional high-banked concrete oval.

The UNOH 200 presented by Ohio Logistics will be held Thursday night, Sept. 15, as the first race in the second round of the Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. The Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will be held Friday night, Sept. 16, as the regular season finale in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Season ticket packages for both 2022 NASCAR weekends at Bristol Motor Speedway are on sale now, and fans can also purchase single tickets for any of the NASCAR events scheduled on those weekends. To purchase tickets, please click here or call the BMS Ticket Sales Center at (866) 415-4158.

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Watch A.J. Allmendinger and Austin Cindric crash in incredible finish in NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol

Is this the greatest finish in NASCAR Xfinity Series history?

To set the scene: A.J. Allmendinger and Austin Cindric start the final restart at Friday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway in NASCAR's OT (aka, two laps to go) on the front row, with the two tied in the live point standings in the final regular series race of the series' season. The winner of the race would win the regular season title and the extra playoff points that come with it.

And this happened:

Allmendinger won the race but had to climb out of a wrecked race and had to do the postrace interview from outside the infield care center, while Cindric, Myatt Snider and others left the half-mile track with good finishes and wrecked race cars.

TOMORROW'S RACE:NASCAR Cup Series at Bristol: Starting lineup, TV schedule for Saturday's race

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There are three playoff spots still up for grabs as the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads for Friday night’s Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Three drivers are in unassailable positions above the current elimination line on points — Jeremy Clements, Riley Herbst and Brandon Jones. At least two of them — the two with the highest point totals among them after Bristol — are guaranteed to advance to the postseason.

RELATED: Bristol weekend schedule | Xfinity starting lineup

Their only vulnerability lies in the prospect of a driver outside the top 12 winning Friday’s race, a circumstance that would eliminate the lowest driver in points among those three.

The most intense battle on Friday involves the Regular Season Championship, with AJ Allmendinger leading reigning series champion Austin Cindric by five points. The regular-season winner gets a bonus of 15 playoff points. Second place gets 10.

“I’m pumped, but, as always, a bit nervous to go to Bristol,” Allmendinger says. “It’s the place where I made my first Cup Series start, so that race track will always be special. It’s one of those races that you know from start to finish you’re going to be in a grind, and you’re going to be in traffic.

“It’s a difficult race, but I think we’ll be really fast there. The Regular Season Championship is on the line this week, so it will be fun battling with Austin going for that title. Hopefully, we can execute all day and have a shot to win.”

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — If it weren’t for the final two laps of Friday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet and the No. 22 Team Penske Ford would have left the Tennessee short track rather unscathed.

Instead, both were severely damaged due to continuous beating and banging that continued even after the checkered flag waved.

AJ Allmendinger’s No. 16 Chevy ultimately crossed the start-finish line first, despite holding contact with Austin Cindric’s No. 22 as it did so.

“I would say it was a bit desperate, but monkey see, monkey do in that situation,” Cindric said. “Like I said in my TV interview, I don’t want to tear up race cars and can’t say I’m the one that instigated any of that. I had a shot to win. I mean, I’d love to see the margin there of two cars crashing across the finish line.”

The margin of victory was 0.082 seconds.

RELATED: Official results | Race recap | Playoff field set


There was a NASCAR Overtime restart in the Food City 300. Cindric fired off from the front spot, with Allmendinger next to him in second and Justin Allgaier behind him in third. Allmendinger tried to make a quick pass, staying inside. It didn’t work. The drivers ended up three-wide, with Allmendinger getting squeezed out in the middle. Allmendinger then went inside again, capitalizing on the Cindric-Allgaier battle, and ultimately pulled forward. Cindric attempted to retake the lead, also from the inside, but Allmendinger was too far ahead.

“It doesn’t surprise me,” Cindric said. “That’s how AJ races. That’s how he’s always raced. He’s usually walked that fine line no matter what position he’s running on the race track. I respect him for it – not for tonight, but I respect him for it in general.”

Said Allgaier: “I’ve been around AJ for a long time, and I knew when I saw him go the inside that he was going to send it there – there was no question. And I knew Austin was going to send it and try to be the best he could.”

RELATED: Watch the entire final lap at Bristol

It was the regular-season finale. Both Cindric and Allmendinger were locked in the playoffs by virtue of wins – Cindric has five; Allmendinger now four – but the regular-season title was still up for grabs between the two. With that honor came 15 playoff points, which can keep a driver’s championship hopes alive in the postseason.

Allmendinger held the advantage in that battle by a mere five points in the standings before Friday’s race. Cindric would have taken it had he won. That’s a big reason why Allmendinger didn’t let that happen.

“I’ve seen a lot worse out of a lot of people,” Allmendinger said. “That doesn’t make an excuse, like it’s right or wrong. I know he’s probably mad. I would be mad. I was mad after getting wreck coming across the start-finish line to get hit that hard after the checkered.”

RELATED: AJ Allmendinger discusses his mindset on the final lap 

Because now cars are destroyed.

Time will tell whether emotions will carry over to next Saturday’s race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the Round of 12 opener. Cindric the reigning champ, claims the No. 1 playoff seed. Allmendinger is second thanks to the tiebreaker of wins.

“I don’t mind him winning,” Cindric said, “as long as I’m ahead.”


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Preliminary entry lists are out for NASCAR’s tripleheader weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The .533-mile concrete short track will host playoff elimination races for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Thursday) and the Cup Series (Saturday).

Bristol also will host the regular season finale for the Xfinity Series (Friday).

Cup: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, NBCSN)

Thirty-eight cars are entered for Saturday’s Cup playoff elimination race.

Denny Hamlin (won at Darlington), Martin Truex Jr. (won at Richmond), and Kyle Larson (points) have advanced to the Cup playoff Round of 12.

Bristol Cup entry list

Xfinity: Food City 300 (7:30 p.m. ET Friday, NBCSN)

Forty-one cars are entered for Friday’s Xfinity regular season finale.

  • Brett Moffitt is listed to drive the No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet. He has missed the last two races due to illness.
  • Ty Dillon is listed to drive the No. 23 Our Motorsports Chevrolet. He drove the team’s No. 02 entry in Moffitt’s absence.
  • Brandon Gdovic is listed to drive the No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota.
  • Sage Karam is listed to drive the No. 31 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet.
  • Ty Gibbs is listed to drive the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
  • Jesse Little is listed to drive the No. 78 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet.
  • Stefan Parsons is listed to drive the No. 99 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet.

Jeremy Clements (+74 above playoff cutline), Brandon Jones (+67) and Riley Herbst (+66) hold the final three Xfinity playoff spots entering Bristol.

Bristol Xfinity entry list

Truck: UNOH 200 (9 p.m. ET Thursday, FS1)

Forty trucks are entered for Thursday’s Truck playoff elimination race. Norm Benning‘s No. 6 Chevrolet is excluded by points.

Sheldon Creed (won at World Wide Technology Raceway and Darlington) and John Hunter Nemechek (points) have advanced to the Truck playoff Round of 8.

Bristol Truck entry list


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