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Josh Berry wins the Cook Out 250

MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA – APRIL 09: Harrison Burton, driver of the #20 DEX Imaging Toyota, and Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 Walmart Fight Hunger Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Cook Out 250 at Martinsville Speedway on April 09, 2021 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Josh Berry has taken the victory of the Xfinity series Cook Out 250; Noah Gragson finished second winning the Dash 4 Cash.

The race start was slightly delayed due to rain, with the track undergoing drying efforts by the planned start time of 8 PM Easter Time.

The engines were fired at 8:28 PM; it was Harrison Burton starting the race on pole position, with Justin Allgaier completing the first row. AJ Allmendinger and Daniel Hemric completed the second row behind them.

The green flag went out at 8:43 PM. Harrison Burton led on the inside lane with Justin Allgaier on the outside. Later, AJ Allmendinger in the number 16 was able to take second place and almost took the lead from Burton before the first caution came out, as the number 48 of Jade Buford spun in turn 1 from the 28th position, dropping back to 39th.

Green flag racing resumed 10 laps into the race. Harrison Burton led off the restart on the inside with Justin Allgaier second on the outside. Allmendinger dropped back due to a flat tire, going into the pits by lap 14.

Due to some technical issues on-site, the NASCAR broadcast as well as all systems in the media center cut out for a few minutes, with everything coming back in time for the competition caution on lap 25.

The restart came 33 laps in and it was the number 20 of Harrison Burton leading on the inside, with Austin Cindric in the 22 on the outside. By lap 28 it was Noah Gragson coming up to second spot and Cindric dropping to third.

Lap 42 and the third caution came out as the car 99 of Stefan Parson spun.

Lap 47 and green flag racing returned; Jeb Burton was sent to the reat for not choosing his lane fast enough.

The number 1 of Michael Annet spun by himself on lap 49 and the fourth caution of the night came out.

Some of the cars went into the pits including race leader Harrison Burton, so it was the number 9 of Noah Gragson who took the lead of the race as he stayed out.

The green flag was out once again on lap 56. Gragson led off the restart with the 22 of Austin Cindric on the outside. The 20 of Harrison Burton was now sitting 24th after pitting.

The final caution of the stage came out as the number 98 of Riley Herbst spun in turn 2 from 7th place, with multiple cars stacking.

This concluded the stage, with the number 9 of Gragson taking the victory.

The second stage was a back-and-forth battle between Josh Berry and Brandon Jones exchanging the lead a few times before more rain brought out the caution and put another pause on the race.

The stage resumed Sunday afternoon on lap 92; Brandon Jones was kicking things off at the lead with Josh Berry and Daniel Hemric completing the top three.

The green flag went out by lap 97, with 24 laps left on the stage. Hemric led off the restart with Jones on the outside. Vargas had an incident and suffered big front-end damage, having to retire from the race. However, it did not bring out a caution.

We’ve had a caution on lap 106 as Josh Williams spun out of turn four, possibly due to a flat tire. He was then held for a lap for intentionally bringing out a caution. Allmendinger got the free pass up to 37th.

The race restarted on lap 112 with Daniel Hemric and Jeb Burton leading the field into turn 1. Gragson made a move for second place from the inside, Jeb keeping it around the outside and then falling behind the number 9.

Daniel Hemric went on to take the stage 2 victory; Noah Gragson and Jeb Burton completed the top 3.

The race went green for stage 1 on lap 131. The 44 of Martins chose the inside with the 8 of Berry on the outside.

Berry was quick to take the lead of the race with Martins falling behind him, then dropping back to 4th. Haley jumped to second place with Herbst pressuring behind.

Caution number 9 was deployed on lap 140 as the car of Kyle Weatherman made contact with Colby Howard, who spun and crashed into the wall in turn 3.

The race restarted on lap 145; Josh Berry and Justin Haley led the field into turn 1. Austin Cindric placed third with Ty Gibbs moving to the fourth position. Michael Annett made a big move on lap 149 as he took several spots from the inside, going 3-wide.

Caution was once again back with 98 laps to go, as Brandon Gdovic spun in turn two. By this time Colby Howard also had issues, as he had to go into the pits with his rear bumper cover lose.

Green flag conditions resumed at lap 159; Josh Berry led with Austin Cindric pressuring behind and Justin Haley in third. Riley Herbst had a flat tire with 85 laps to go, forcing him into the pits. The field stayed green.

With 78 laps to go, Tommy Joe Martins had issues with his car; he went to the pits while being off the pace.

The 11th caution came out with 75 laps to go as Joe Graf Jr. got sent by Gray Gaulding into Blaine Perkins, with the two making contact on turn 3, crashing into the wall. Most of the cars went into the pits but some stayed out, with Currey taking the lead, Parsons, and Buford completing the top three.

Green flag action resumed with 69 laps to go. Berry, who had dropped back from the pit stops, took the lead just 3 laps in, with Ty Gibbs going into second place behind him.

With 57 laps to go, it was Ty Gibbs who made a move inside for the lead, with Berry dropping behind him. Gragson moved to the third spot with 47 laps to go.

Caution was once again out with 46 laps to go as Alex Labbe spun on the front stretch.

Green flag conditions resumed with 40 laps to go; Ty Gibbs on the inside, Josh Berry outside, both leading off turn 1.

With 28 laps to go, Berry took the lead from Gibbs, who then got passed by Gragson on the inside for second place.

With 13 to go, Daniel Hemric managed to take third place from Ty Gibbs who then dropped behind him.

The race concluded with Josh Berry taking the victory of the Cook Out 250, with Noah Gragson finishing in second place and Daniel Hemric third.

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