HAMPTON, Ga. – Georgia native Austin Hill held the field to win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
This is his second win of the season. His other success came in the season-opening race in Daytona.
“It will be very special. I can’t wait to party. ” Hill told Dave Burns of NBC Sports after the race.
Josh Berry came in second and was followed by Ryan Truex, Tyler Reddick and Daniel Hemric.
Not everyone had a good day.
Riley Herbst and Ty Gibbs were side by side for the lead when Herbst pushed from Ryan Truex with just 68 laps. The push carried Herbst on the track to Gibbs’ car. That forced Gibbs to the wall. The contact ended the race for Gibbs, who won this race in March. He finished 35th.
Points leader AJ Allmendinger lost two laps early in the second period after he thought he had a tire going down and was pitted under the green. Allmendinger recovered to finish 10th.
Stage 1 winner: Josh Berry
Stage 2 winner: Austin Hill
Who has a good race: Runner-up Josh Berry has finished in the top four of four in the last five races. … Ryan Truex finished third for his fifth top-five finish in 84 Xfinity starts. … Noah Gragson’s sixth place was his 12th top 10 of the season.
Who had a bad race: Ty Gibbs finished 35th after contact from Riley Herbst to send Gibbs ’car to the wall. … Brandon Brown finished 33rd after hitting the wall. The incident came a week after his car was destroyed in a multi-car crash on Road America.
Noticeable: Austin Hill won despite him not talking to his team on the radio. He hears them. He is not heard by his racing team.
Next: The series is racing on July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (2:30 pm ET on USA Network)