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Ross Chastain wins Xfinity race at Daytona, leading Kaulig Racing sweep

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Ross Chastain held off teammates Justin Haley and AJ Allmendinger to win Friday night’s rain-delayed Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

It is the first NASCAR win for Kaulig Racing in 125 combined Xfinity Series starts since 2014. It is Chastain’s second career Xfinity Series win.

Chastain is a native of Alva, Florida, located 207 miles Southwest of Daytona Beach.

“Oh my gosh, we did it!” Chastain told NBCSN. “I sat here as a kid. I watched these races as a kid every Fourth of July, never could come in the spring because we were growing watermelons. These guys right here gave me a race car that, oh my gosh, could win a race at Daytona!”

Kaulig Racing entered three cars in a race for the first time and is the first Xfinity team to finish 1-2-3 at Daytona. Allmendinger, who made his first start of the year for the team, completed the sweep after he passed Christopher Bell on the last lap. Chastain led 49 of 100 laps while all three Kaulig Racing cars combined to lead 86 laps.

“I can’t believe it, I don’t even know where AJ came from there at the end,” team owner Matt Kaulig told NBCSN. “We couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been trophy hunting. That’s what we’ve been saying all week, ‘Three dogs in this fight. We’re going to win’ and we got it done.”

The top five was completed by Bell and Austin Cindric.

The final 10-lap run was set up by a 15-car wreck with 14 laps to go that included Cole Custer, Michael Annett, Noah Gragson and Ryan Sieg and resulted in a 17 minute and 45 second red flag.

Pole-sitter Tyler Reddick finished 17th after he pit with four laps to go to repair damage. He was involved in a wreck with Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier and Ryan Sieg on Lap 46 in Stage 2. Briscoe was eliminated after he hit the inside wall nose-first. Reddick was able to continue despite his No. 2 Chevrolet sliding through the rain soaked infield grass.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Ross Chastain

STAGE 2 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger

WHAT’S NEXT: Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on July 12 on NBCSN

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