Harrowing Day at Kansas Speedway Shakes up XFINITY Series Points

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Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It was a wild day at Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase drivers. No fewer than five Chase drivers were involved in incidents that may or may not ultimately impact their championship hopes. Kansas was one of three races in the Round of 8.

Six-Car Accident Collects Wallace, Allgaier, Reed

Contact from Brandon Jones into the left rear of Justin Allgaier’s car sent Allgaier spinning up the track. Ryan Sieg and Cole Custer both were caught up in the ensuing wreck. Darrell Wallace, Jr. had nowhere to go and made hard contact with the side of Allgaier’s car. Behind them, Ryan Reed got into the wall as the wrecked happened in front of him. As he slowed, Dakoda Armstrong ran into the back of Reed’s car, adding further damage to the No. 16 car.

Reed had already been struggling most of the day with electrical issues.

“I am alright,” sad Wallace. “It was just a hard hit. It was a really hard hit for us, the whole team really. This 6 Leitos Ford team was working hard to get a good finish. I think we could have picked off a couple spots for a top-10 to set us up for a really good day. It is just unfortunate. I hate it for our guys. We worked really hard overnight to get this thing where it needed to be. We were still off in some areas but it was good to start figuring out a rhythm and knowing some key points going into Texas in a couple weeks. We will move on. It is alright. We aren’t knocked out. It is just motivation to go to Texas.”

Wallace finished 33rd and is 18 points behind the fourth-place cutoff line that will eliminate four drivers after the race at Phoenix November 12th.

“That plug wire really put us behind from the start,” said Reed, who finished 13th. “I think we had about a 13th place car before everyone had troubles. With everyone having problems if we could have just been running where we needed to it would have been an easy top-10 day. It is frustrating to have a mechanical issue in the Chase. We definitely can’t have that happen but we battled back and to finish 16th after being three laps down at one point isn’t the end of the world. I think we have an opportunity being a few points back to make something happen. Overall, we just didn’t unload that well this weekend. Aside from all the troubles we just have to get better to have an opportunity to move on.”

Reed is just two points behind Allgaier and Jones, who are tied for fourth place.

Allgaier finished 14th.

Gaughan Spins Late, Returns for 31st-Place Run

Gaughan spun through the infield grace on lap 178 of the 200 lap race after contact with Ross Chastain. He slid through the infield grass on the frontstretch before NASCAR asked him to stop on the track as his car was leaking fluids. Gaughan initially thought he wouldn’t be able to return to the race, but the crew was able to make the necessary repairs to the car. He was able to return for a 31st-place finish, 18 laps down.

He is 17 points behind the fourth-place cutoff point.

Late-Race Contact Relegates Erik Jones to 15th

Erik Jones looked to potentially benefit from the misfortune of his competitors, as he was on the front row alongside Ty Dillon with just a handful of laps remaining. Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Larson was in the row behind him.

Larson tried to split the middle between Jones and Dillon, but instead caught Jones’ left rear and Dillon’s right rear and the two collided. Jones then sustained a left rear tire rub and heavy damage around that part of the car and had to head to pit road to make sure the tire didn’t blow and do further damage to the No. 20 car.

“He (Kyle Larson) said it was his fault,” said Jones. “He owned up to it, got me ran over. It is what it is. It’s the same situation to the 3 (Austin Dillon) and 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) last week in the Cup race. He just said he got a good start and there was no hole there, nowhere to go with the run he had just got into my left rear and turned us. It’s a shame, we both had fast cars. I had a fast Reser’s Camry and he was fast too and I’m sure we could have gotten up front and raced for it. We just needed laps to get a charge. Just unnecessary aggression, I’ve got a lot to lose and he’s got nothing to lose and that’s what’s tough in these races. It’s tough for him to be in that spot – I’ve been there. You still just have to use your head a little bit and can’t make those kind of mistakes.”

Jones finished 15th, one lap down, and is tied for the fourth-place points position with Allgaier. Allgaier as of now has the tiebreaker.

Up Next

The next race is Sunday, November 5th, at Texas Motor Speedway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge begins at 3:30PM ET.

 

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