Snider wins the NASCAR Xfinity Race on the Homestead after crashing within the ultimate laps – NBC 6 South Florida
Myatt Snider won the Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday and took the checkered flag in extra time after Noah Gragson slammed into a lapped car two laps to go.
The 26-year-old Snider celebrated his first victory in 36 starts with a second round on the 1 1/2-mile route.
Snider spun his tires in overtime on the first of two restarts, but got a second chance thanks to another late caution. He didn’t make the same mistake twice, drove past Tyler Reddick and completed the last two laps without a major test.
The biggest challenge for the first-time winner was finding the winning streak. Snider missed the turn before pulling back and trying again.
Reddick finished second, followed by Brandon Jones, Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton and polesitter Austin Cindric.
Gragson was as much a story as Snider. He was on his way to his first win since the 2020 Daytona season opener when he slammed into another car. Gragson was just about to get past David Starr with two laps to go when Starr burned a right front tire and turned into the outer wall – right in front of Gragson.
Gragson had nowhere to go and no time to stop. He got out of his crumpled car, shook his head and fists in disgust. He took off his helmet and gloves and waved to the crowd before getting into a waiting ambulance for a mandatory trip to the Infield Care Center.
“What are you going to do?” Said Gragson. “You got (idiots) in the way every week.”
It was his third disappointing result in a row at Homestead. Gragson had the dominant car in both races at Homestead last year but couldn’t win either.
“Definitely a bummer,” said Gragson. “You know who won this race based on the speed of the last three times we’ve been here … There’s only one thing we can do and that’s a rebound.”
Reddick took advantage and brought Richard Childress Racing to the winning streak for the first time in 2021.
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