William Byron took home the checkered flag at the NASCAR Xfinity Series American Ethanol E15 250 in Iowa on Saturday night.
The win represented the first of Byron's career as he shined on the chaotic short track at Iowa Speedway.
Here's an overview of the top 10 finishers, with complete standings available at NASCAR's official website:
- 1. William Byron
- 2. Ryan Sieg
- 3. Tyler Reddick
- 4. Ross Chastain
- 5. Dakoda Armstrong
- 6. Michael Annett
- 7. Jeremy Clements
- 8. Elliot Sadler
- 9. Justin Allgaier
- 10. Garrett Smithley
Christopher Bell made his second career Xfinity Series start Saturday night, and he was in prime position to make an early statement after he came out on top in the evening's qualifying action.
With a pole triumph in tow, Bell bolted out of the gates and maintained a stranglehold on first place for the first 64 laps—including a Stage 1 victory thanks to his first-place status through the race's first 60 laps.
Fox Sports NASCAR highlighted Bell's sterling opening run:
FOX: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX
Stage 1: @CBellRacing! Pit stops are coming up at @iowaspeedway. 📺: @FS1 https://t.co/LWAL9q31vQ2017-6-25 01:16:51
Bell relinquished his lead following a pit stop, and he encountered some trouble early in Stage 2 when he got loose and made contact with Sam Hornish Jr.—who slammed into the wall and was ruled out due to extensive damage to his car after 78 laps, as Fox NASCAR documented:
FOX: NASCAR @NASCARONFOX
Replay: @CBellRacing gets into the No. 22 machine and sends @SamHornish around at @IowaSpeedway. #NASCARonFS1 https://t.co/WK8ObdkN3h2017-6-25 01:33:27
However, Bell stood tall, and persistence paid off after he escaped the wreck unscathed.
The 22-year-old proceeded to jockey with Byron and Elliot Sadler for the Stage 2 win, but pit stops on a late caution opened the door for Brendan Gaughan to snag top billing through 120 laps.
Gaughan's success proved fleeting, though.
Bell regained the lead and was running in first for the majority of the final stage, but the rookie's hopes of capturing his first Xfinity crown took a major hit when he caught the edge of an accident that caused some serious damage to the right side of his No. 20 car, according to Motorsport.com's Nick DeGroot:
Nick DeGroot @ndegroot89
Christopher Bell was leading this race ... he has a flat right front tire and some right side damage. #NASCAR2017-6-25 02:54:53
At that point, it was a wide-open race.
Byron, though, would not be denied—especially after he came up just shy of a win at Michigan a week ago when he finished second to Denny Hamlin.
The No. 9 team will now aim for back-to-back wins when Xfinity Series racing resumes next weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the Firecracker 250.