Josh Williams earns best non-superspeedway finish at Auto Club

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

A little luck combined with late-race strategy earned Josh Williams his best finish in the NASCAR Xfinity Series outside of a superspeedway at Auto Club Speedway.

Numerous cautions at the end of the Production Alliance Group 300 helped the DGM Racing driver climb up the running order. Williams stayed on track in the No. 92 Silverton Hotel & Casino Chevrolet Camaro SS under one of those cautions.

Crew chief Adam Brenner then called his driver to pit road for fresh tires. On the worn surface at Auto Club Speedway, that put Josh Williams’ Chevrolet on better footing than others. On the final 19 lap green flag run, he fought his way into the top-10. Williams narrowly held off Myatt Snider to score the 10th-place finish.

“You kind of just have to flip a coin and hope things go your way,” explained Williams. “We did that, stayed out under caution hoping for another one, and then we got it. We got to come down pit road and put tires on. That was big for us. I’m excited for the top-10 and I hope to keep the top-10s coming.”

The worn surface forced the field’s hand in most cases. Just about every caution saw the bulk of the NASCAR Xfinity Series field hit pit road, if not the entire field. When both Williams and his DGM Racing teammate, Alex Labbe, stayed out, they quickly fell backward. On the next caution, Labbe took fuel only and fell back once again.

Williams prefers the racing surface as it is, believing it makes drivers better:

“Leave it, don’t touch it. The rougher it is, the better it is. I really think the racing’s better. You get to these tracks that are really smooth you hold the throttle down for a long time, I don’t think it’s as fun. It brings out a driver, tracks like Auto Club. It’s pretty cool and I wish there was more places that were rough like that.”

Even though Williams was involved in ‘the big one’ at Daytona International Speedway, the start of the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season has been the best in his career. Two back-to back top-15 finishes have moved him up to 15th in the championship points standings.

Williams’ top-10 at Auto Club Speedway is his first in 2020 and just the second in his career. Its’ also his first at a non-superspeedway track. The top-10 finish continues an increase in performance by the Mario Gosselin-owned team.

“It’s really good,” admitted Williams. “I can’t thank everyone at DGM enough for all of the hard work they put in throughout the year. It’s showed our first three races here. I look forward to the rest of the season. I plan to keep it up. Hopefully we can keep these cars just as fast as Xfinity internet.”

2020 marks the second full season for Williams. The next race, the LS Tractor 200, is March 7 at Phoenix Raceway.

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