Please clap for Jeb Burton because he is now a NASCAR Xfinity Series winner. In Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway, Burton was the leader when the race was called after 90 of 113 laps due to rain.
Austin Cindric started on the pole ahead of Daniel Hemric. Joey Gase, who was running a one-off in a #28 Davey Allison tribute scheme, lost fuel pressure prior to the green flag and had to re-fire the car in the garage before joining the race five laps down.
Cindric led the opening lap before Hemric took the position and pulled off. After Hemric led fifteen laps, the top spot was traded between him, Cindric, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Jason White with none of them leading more than three laps. By the end, Haley—who was seeking his third consecutive Talladega victory—took the stage win. Kaulig Racing team-mate Burton, Gragson, Cindric, Harrison Burton, A.J. Allmendinger, Hemric, Brandon Jones, Brandon Brown, and Justin Allgaier closed out the top ten.
Haley and Jeb Burton led the field to the start of Stage #2. The Kaulig drivers held the top of the leaderboard early in the segment before Cindric took the lead on lap 42. Gragson, who dropped back earlier in the stage and set the fastest lap, climbed back through the order and nabbed the stage win with JR Motorsports team-mate Allgaier in tow. Cindric, Jones, Ty Dillon, Myatt Snider, Hemric, Brett Moffitt, Michael Annett, and Brown also finished in the top ten. Bayley Currey exited the race on lap 34 with an overheating issue.
White retired from the race with a suspension failure between stages. The race resumed with Gragson leading before battling Snider and Cindric led laps. Green-flag pit stops commenced on lap 70 with Cindric giving up the lead to Harrison and Jeb Burton. The cousins pitted shortly after which allowed Brown, Colby Howard, and Ryan Vargas to spend time in front; Vargas led three laps, his first in his Xfinity career. Jeffrey Earnhardt nearly spun as he came onto pit road but avoided going fully around. Josh Berry was not as fortunate as he spun in turn three after a rear tyre went down, resulting in a caution.
The race resumed as a battle of the Burtons began. On lap 84, Joe Graf Jr.‘s tyre went down in turn two and he slid up into Annett and Jones, clipping the former who turned Dillon into Jones; Gase and Caesar Bacarella also went around. The wreck continues Dillon’s streak of poor luck in 2021; despite being in one of the top Xfinity cars, he has been caught in an incident in each of his four starts so far.
During the ensuing caution, rain began to fall on the track and resulted in a red flag. With no time to dry the track before sunset and Talladega not having lights, NASCAR officially ended the race. With Jeb Burton leading, he was declared the winner for his first Xfinity victory in his maiden full-time season.
It is Burton’s first NASCAR national series victory since 2013 in the Camping World Truck Series.
“It’s been a tough road to get to this point,” said Burton. “Just an unbelievable race team. Today, we had Mother Nature on our side, but we had a fast car anyway. We ran up front all day. We’ve been building and building and building, and I feel like I’ve kind of been the weak link the last couple of races, and I need to clean some things up.
“Just the momentum, that’s what I needed. I want to win races. I told them (Kaulig Racing) that I wanted to come there and hang banners.”
|1||9||10||Jeb Burton||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|2||1||22||Austin Cindric||Team Penske||Ford||90||Running|
|3||11||16||A.J. Allmendinger||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|4||19||98||Riley Herbst||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||90||Running|
|5||17||39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||Ford||90||Running|
|6||4||9||Noah Gragson||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|7||18||68||Brandon Brown||Brandonbilt Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|8||5||11||Justin Haley||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|9||10||2||Myatt Snider||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|10||3||20||Harrison Burton||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||90||Running|
|11||23||44||Tommy Joe Martins||Martins Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|12||2||18||Daniel Hemric||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||90||Running|
|13||27||66||Timmy Hill||MBM Motorsports||Ford||90||Running|
|14||14||51||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|15||22||26||Colin Garrett||Sam Hunt Racing||Toyota||90||Running|
|16||26||61||David Starr||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||90||Running|
|17||13||02||Brett Moffitt||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|18||20||48||Jade Buford||Big Machine Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|19||37||15||Colby Howard||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|20||32||4||Landon Cassill||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|21||30||36||Alex Labbé||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|22||33||0||Jeffrey Earnhardt||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|23||21||47||Kyle Weatherman||Mike Harmon Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|24||38||23||Natalie Decker||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|25||36||5||Matt Mills||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|26||34||78||Jesse Little||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|27||31||99||Mason Massey||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Toyota||90||Running|
|28||15||92||Josh Williams||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|29||8||7||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|30||39||6||Ryan Vargas||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|31||6||8||Josh Berry||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||90||Running|
|32||12||1||Michael Annett||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||88||Running|
|33||35||07||Joe Graf Jr.||SS-Green Light Racing||Chevrolet||88||Running|
|34||24||52||Gray Gaulding||Jimmy Means Racing||Chevrolet||87||Electrical|
|35||16||54||Ty Dillon||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||87||Accident|
|36||29||28||Joey Gase||SS-Green Light Racing||Chevrolet||85||Running|
|37||7||19||Brandon Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||84||Accident|
|38||28||90||Caesar Bacarella||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||84||DVP|
|39||40||13||Jason White||MBM Motorsports||Ford||51||Suspension|
|40||25||74||Bayley Currey||Mike Harmon Racing||Chevrolet||34||Overheating|
* – Ineligible for Xfinity points