Myatt Snider took the win of the Xfinity Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, in what was a dramatic running with lots of action and drama.
Cindric would jump to an early lead over the rest of the field and would begin what he would hope to be a dominant race. The first caution of the event would happen near the end of stage one with approximately fifteen laps remaining. Stefan Parsons, driver of the ninety-nine would spin. With the highly abrasive surface of the Homestead-Miami Speedway, it wasn’t a shock that tires would be a premium and that much of the field would pit in the early laps. With ten to go in stage one, on the restart, Noah Gragson would fly to the front and pass Austin Cindric after a hard charge. This would be short-lived as Gragson, who stayed out on the track under caution, would be passed by Kaulig Racing teammates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger. After side by side battling for the last few laps of stage one, Allmendinger would take stage one.
The start of stage two would begin with the Kaulig Racing cars being the top three led by AJ Allmendinger. Several drivers would be racing hard in stage two with lots of contacts and bumping including a small incident with Daniel Hemric and Josh Berry. Stefan Parsons would bring out the second caution of the race for leaking fluid. While under caution, Harrison Burton would suddenly blow an engine. Burton would, unfortunately, finish in the fortieth position. The field would be doubled up once again following the chosen rule. Austin Cindric, on fresh tires, would blow through the field in the final nine laps in an impressive charge and win stage two.
The final Stage would get underway with nineteen-year-old Colby Howard restarting in first next to Austin Cindric. Howard did not pit under caution. Drivers fanned out wildly on the restart fighting for every spot including a three-wide battle for the lead between Cindric, Gragson, and Myatt Snyder. Noah Gragson would hit the wall and lose many spots off of the restart; no caution. The caution would return to the track. Justin Allgaier was involved in trying to clear Riley Herbst. The field would restart again led by Jeremy Clements and Jeffrey Earnhardt who stayed out of pit road under caution and the lead would eventually be resumed by Austin Cindric on the same restart. For the sixth time, caution would return with Colby Howard scraping the wall and eventually leaking fluid. Green flag again. Allmendinger from second would beat Cindric on the restart. Allmendinger would lead more laps and with thirty-six to go, and Noah Gragson would eventually with his battered race car, take the lead. Gragson was closing in on a long-awaited victory when all of a sudden, driver David Starr would blow a tire and collect Gragson. When asked about the incident he has this to say, “What are you going to do? You’ve got [idiots] in the way every single week.” Gragson would finish in thirty-fourth.
With overtime approaching, Myatt Snyder would take the lead off of a fast late-race pitstop, followed by Tyler Reddick who had been slowly moving toward the front throughout the race. The green flag was out for overtime attempt one. Cars fanned out everywhere into turn one which resulted in AJ Allmendinger spinning bringing out a caution. Reddick would edge ahead barely in the short sprint. Thus, making overtime attempt number two Reddick’s to control. The green flag would fly one final time. Snyder would beat Reddick this time and wouldn’t look back as he would hold him off to win. The next race on tap for the Xfinity series will at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 6th, at 4:30 p.m. eastern on Fox Sports 1.
UPD: Tyler Reddick has been disqualified after failing post-race technical inspection.