WATCH: Timmy Hill Gets a Bad Restart at the Darlington Raceway

Published 09/05/2021, 9:06 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


On Saturday night, the NASCAR Xfinity Series kicked off with Noah Gragson winning the race. However, there was a huge moment during one of the restarts, that was quite bizarre. When the green flag waved, Denny Hamlin got a great start and rocketed into the lead. However, things went in the opposite direction for poor old Timmy Hill, driving alongside him.

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Hill unexpectedly slowed down and got swallowed up by the pack. At the same time, Daniel Hemric got bogged down because he was right on Hill’s tail. As a result, several cars overtook both of them, before Hemric finally got past the struggling car. As it turns out, his transmission got stuck between gears.

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In the end, a disappointed Hemric could only muster 24th place, as he ran into more trouble in the race. Meanwhile, Hill wound up crashing out of the race later on. The #66 driver was lucky that he managed to get the car going again, but he suffered the consequences and later crashed out. It is also worth noting that he was in the Top 2 because he did not pit, which would come back to bite him.

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Aside from Timmy Hill, how did the rest of the pack fare during the race?

As mentioned before, Noah Gragson seized victory in Darlington, making it his third career win. With this, he has finally secured his berth in the Xfinity Series playoffs, with two races until the regular season ends. Meanwhile, championship leaders, AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric had contrasting fortunes this weekend.

Oct 17, 2020; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) and Ross Chastain (10) and Noah Gragson (9) and Brandon Jones (19) lead the restart during the Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The former could only muster 20th at the Track Too Tough to Tame. On the other end of the spectrum, Cindric managed to finish third, behind Gragson and Harrison Burton. Now, Burton and Hemric will be a bit desperate, as they are the only ones in the Top 5 without a win this season. Additionally, Jeremy Clements and Brandon Jones are also winless this season at the tail of the Top 10.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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