Watch: Justin Haley Wins Xfinity Race at Daytona After Final Lap Wreck Costs AJ Allmendinger the Lead

Published 08/29/2020, 12:48 AM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 27: Justin Haley, driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 27, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Justin Haley now has two wins at the Daytona International Speedway in two different series. He won his second race at the famed circuit. However, his latest win came in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Friday, while the first one was last summer in the Cup Series, where he competes part-time.

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In Friday’s race, Justin Haley raced to the chequered flag in the final stages for his second win this season in the Xfinity Series. He had help from two Kaulig Racing teammates, but not in the way they intended.

Final-lap wreck costs AJ Allmendinger’s chances

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In the final lap, AJ Allmendinger was in the lead and moments away from the win, before Ross Chastain decided to pass him for the lead. The two men went for a spin and wrecked, helping Haley pass by. Their crash collected a couple of other cars as well.

 

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“It’s terrible to run into your teammate like that,” Chastain said to NBC Sports after the race. “Must be my fault, though. It’s unfortunate, we did everything right all night. We just got to win,” he added.

Justin Haley gets his payback at Daytona

Justin Haley won by a mere .253 seconds. Gray Gaulding finished in second place. Chase Briscoe, who started in pole position and survived a crash, was third. Riley Herbst finished fourth, while Harrison Burton was fifth. Allmendinger finished a lowly 15th after the incident. He won a stage and led the race for 58 laps.

 

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An amazing effort by Kaulig Racing. Obviously, I hate that AJ and Ross got together there,” Haley said after his win. “Parked it right here on the double yellow line where I went down too low about two years (and was disqualified from a win) in a Xfinity race. A little humor there,” he added.

In the second stage, Chase Briscoe and Brandon Jones were at the forefront in what turned out to be a 13-car wreck. Noah Gragson, who signed a new deal with JR Motorsports before the race, was also involved. Gragson won the season-opening race at Daytona earlier.

The race saw as many as nine cautions called, and a red flag as well.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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