.Gragson defeated Jeffrey Earnhardt, who was operating a black No. 3 Chevrolet in a special appearance for Richard Childress Racing, which ran Dale Earnhardt Sircar .’s back in the day. Jeffrey Earnhardt is the grandson of seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt.
Jeffrey Earnhardt crossed the finish line on the enormous 2.66-mile track where Dale Sr. won a record 10 times and Dale Jr. added another six victories.
Gragson, who won for the first time at Talladega, the second time this season, and the seventh time overall, was 131 seconds behind him.
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As he led the field to the third overtime restart on Lap 123, Gragson took the lead when JR Motorsports teammate Justin Allgaier ran out of fuel. Earnhardt advanced from his eighth-place restarting position to take the lead for the remainder of the race in the No. 9 Chevrolet.
As soon as the race was over, Gragson began making plans for his celebration in the infamous Talladega infield.
Gragson remarked, “This team at Jr. Motorsports, they never quit.” We’ve had a somewhat difficult month because we simply didn’t get the finishes we wanted. At the beginning of the race, I wasn’t able to move much up the top, so I just kept running at the bottom, and we kept getting shuffled back and moving up.
I have to run in the Cup race on Sunday, but Talladega Boulevard right now seems much more charming and inviting, so I might go there instead and throw some beads.
Earnhardt passed AJ Allmendinger for second on the first of the two overtime laps, but he was unable to overtake Gragson in the tri-oval.
Earnhardt, whose crew chief was FOX Sports broadcaster Larry McReynolds, was spending his first time since 2000 on a pit box, said, “I’m living the dream here—I’m just so thankful to get this opportunity.” “I want to thank RCR for creating this incredible race car. We moved quickly all weekend.
We just came up short there, but kudos to Noah. He excels in plate races.
When Jeremy Clements’ Chevrolet stalled in Turn 2 and brought out the race’s 10th and final caution, Allmendinger was in the lead and appeared to be in control of the situation. Allmendinger, however, was able to win the $100,000 Xfinity Dash 4 Cash bonus awarded to the top finisher among the four eligible drivers with his third-place finish.
Allmendinger claimed, “I thought I crashed about seven times on the last lap. I’m grateful to Xfinity and Comcast for enabling us to compete for $100,000 at these four events. I was unaware that the 7 (Allgaier) had begun to lean back, making it impossible to take off before him. He ran out of fuel as I was keeping an eye on him.
“The 9 (Gragson) had such a run at that time. This Chevy had excellent handling. They could simply get to my bumper and kick me out of the way because we lacked some top-end speed. I was barely hanging on. A good move was made by Jeffrey to move into second place.
Austin Hill, the season-opening Daytona winner, had been in the lead for 67 laps when Sam Mayer lost control of his Chevrolet in the outside lane, sending Hill’s Chevrolet into the infield wall with less than four laps remaining. Too much damage had been done to both cars to continue.
Landon Cassill earned his second consecutive top-five finish, while Ryan Sieg finished fourth and Allmendinger fifth. The top 10 was completed by Anthony Alfredo, Riley Herbst, Joe Graf Jr., Myatt Snider, and Brett Moffitt.