1982 was the inaugural season for what would become the NASCAR XFINITY Series. NASCAR introduced this category to prepare drivers and teams to advance to the organization’s premier class - the NASCAR Cup Series - currently called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. This division has evolved over time with changes made to the rules governing the cars and race formats.

Cars currently eligible to compete in the series include the Ford Mustang GT, Dodge Challenger R/T, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Toyota Camry and Toyota Supra. The vehicles utilize a tube frame chassis with a wheelbase of 110-inches and must not weigh less than 3,400-pounds with the driver. Engines are limited to 358-cubic inch pushrod V8. The naturally aspirated motor is equipped with a four-barrel carburetor which will produce 650-700-horsepower.

The 2019 race season begins in February at Daytona International Speedway and ends at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. There are twenty-two races conducted during the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season. In 2016, the championship adopted the playoff format used by the NASCAR Cup Series. In the first twenty-two races, drivers who finish in the top twelve of the standings will compete in rounds twenty-three to twenty-nine. The eight highest finishing drivers will move on to the second round of the playoffs. Races thirty to thirty-two will determine the final four competitors advancing to the championship event for the NASCAR XFINITY title.

Round twenty-one of the thirty-three 2019 NASCAR XFINITY Series was held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. This was the championship’s seventh visit to the thirteen-turn 2.258-mile road course. The race would be conducted in stages – Stage 1: 20-laps, Stage 2: 20-laps and Stage 3: 35-laps. The B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio attracted thirty-six competitors.

The first lap into the ‘Esses’ and leading the field is the pole-sitter, Austin Cindric driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang. Behind Cindric is the Toyota Supra of the other front row starter, Jack Hawksworth. Trailing Hawksworth is another Toyota driven by Christopher Bell. Next in line is the No. 00 Ford Mustang of Cole Custer. Battling for the fifth position is the Mustang of Chase Briscoe and A.J. Allmendinger in a Chevrolet Camaro.
Austin Cindric has been labeled as ‘road course ringer’ based on his previous experience competing in the Continental Sportcar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge Series. And, Cindric lived up to that billing. During the last round, on the road course, at Watkins Glen International, he captured his first victory of the season. In a repeat performance at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Cindric earned his second win of the year.
Finishing second at the Mid-Ohio was Christopher Bell in the No. 20 Rheem sponsored Toyota Supra. The previous weekend at Watkins Glen International, he also recorded a runner-up result. Bell made it to the second round of qualifying at Mid-Ohio where he was third quickest. He chased Cindric for much of the contest. His performance allowed him to close the points gap on the championship leader, Tyler Riddick, to within 28-markers.
The visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course provided some redemption for A.J. Allmendinger and the Kaulig Racing team. At Watkins Glen International, Allmendinger was second at the checkered flag, but during the post-race technical inspection, NASCAR Officials discovered that the rear of the Chevrolet Camaro was too low – resulting in disqualification. He would start the B&L Transport 170 in sixth place and finish third.
Tyler Reddick, the championship points leader, entered round twenty-one at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with three victories – Talladega Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. The wins along with his consistency put him at the top of the title chase. At Mid-Ohio, Reddick advanced to the final round of qualifying where he was tenth quickest. Reddick was fourth at the end of 75-laps.
An incident at the ‘Keyhole’ on lap-38 resulted in damage to the Chevrolet Camaros of Justin Allgaier, Aaron Quine and Noah Gragson. This incident would contribute to Quine’s retirement, but Allgaier and Gragson in the No. 9 Cessna / Beachcraft Chevrolet were able to continue. Gragson who qualified seventh did not lose too many positions as the result of the accident and bounced back for a fifth-place finish.
Jeffrey Earnhardt backed out of his contract with iK9 after competing in five NASCAR XFINITY Series races. Filling the seat vacated by Earnhardt in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Supra was road racer, Jack Hawksworth. The former IndyCar driver won the GTD category in the IMSA race at Mid-Ohio in May. In qualifying, Hawksworth was second quickest and won the race’s second stage. He would finish fifteenth.
The winner of last year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series event at the Mid-Ohio was Justin Allgaier. This year, he has yet to visit victory circle. Allgaier returned to the 2019 season campaigning a Chevrolet Camaro out of the JR Motorsports stable. He was another of the contenders to secure a spot in the final knock-out qualifying session. Allgaier started eighth and despite an incident with his teammate, Noah Gragson, he finished sixth.
Chase Briscoe’s team decided to skip the first round of pit-stops. This strategy paid off as Briscoe won Stage 1 and collected a valuable Playoff point. Racing the No. 98 Ford Performance sponsored Ford Mustang, he started the 170-mile contest in the fifth position. Early in the event, Briscoe maintained pace with the leaders. In the final stage, he led three laps but would fall to a seventh place finish.
The driver of the No. 00 Stewart Haas Racing Ford Mustang, Cole Custer finished second in last season’s NASCAR XFINITY championship. Entering Mid-Ohio, Custer was third in the title chase and shared this season’s highest number of wins to date, at five, with Christopher Bell. Custer was gridded fourth for the start but suffered damage when he was rear-ended by Chris Dyson on the lap-33 restart. Despite the contact, Custer finished eighth.

11Austin CindricPPG / Ford Mustang75-
23Christopher BellRheem / Toyota Supra75-
36A.J. AllmendingerLeaf Filter Gutter Protection / Chevrolet Camaro75-
410Tyler ReddickNationwide Children's Hospital / Chevrolet Camaro75-
57Noah GragsonCessna / Chevrolet Camaro75-
68Justin AllgaierBrandt Professional Agriculture / Chevrolet Camaro75-
75Chase BriscoeFord Performance / Ford Mustang75-
84Cole CusterHaas Automation / Ford Mustang75-
913Justin HaleyLeaf Filter Gutter Protection / Chevrolet Camaro75-
109Brandon JonesMenards / Toyota Supra75-
1111Jeremy ClementsRepairableVehicles.com / Chevrolet Camaro75-
1222Will RodgersKelly Benefit Strategies / Chevrolet Camaro75-
1321Michael AnnettTMC Transportation / Chevrolet Camaro75-
1416Gray GauldingSS Green Light Racing / Chevrolet Camaro75-
152Jack HawksworthiK9 / Toyota Supra75-
1614Ryan SiegMidstate / Chevrolet Camaro75-
1720Josh BilickiRSS Racing / Chevrolet Camaro75-
1818Tommy Joe MartinsGusset.com / Toyota Supra75-
1926Ray Black, JrSuba Life / Chevrolet Camaro75-
2028Garrett SmithleyJD Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro75-
2112Regan SmithFire Alarm Services / Chevrolet Camaro75-
2223Josh WilliamsStar Brite/Sleep Well / Chevrolet Camaro75-
2337Patrick GallagherB.J. McLeod Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro74-
2432Brandon BrownVero True Social / Chevrolet Camaro74-
2535Vinnie MillerB.J. McLeod Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro74-
2633B.J. McLeodJD Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro73-
2725Timmy HillMotorsports Business Management / Toyota Camry65-
2819Lawson AschenbachGoPro Motorplex / Chevrolet Camaro63Accident
2917Scott HeckertPit Viper Sunglasses / Chevrolet Camaro57Accident
3031Aaron QuineMike Harmon Racing / Chevrolet Camaro42Accident
3115John Hunter NemechekChevy Accessories / Chevrolet Camaro41Accident
3224Stephen LeichtJD Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro36Accident
3329David StarrMeans Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro36Accident
3427Chris DysonThedford / Chevrolet Camaro31Accident
3534Chad FinchumMBM Motorsports / Toyota Camry13Brakes
3630Joey GaseMBM Motorsports / Toyota Camry8Oil Line
3736J.J. YeleyRSS Racing / Chevrolet Camaro2Brakes
3838Max TullmanMeans Motorsports / Chevrolet Camaro2Fuel Pressure

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