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Ross Chastain Utilizes Fresh Tires to Snag Stage 2 Win at Richmond, Second Stage Win of 2020

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Ross Chastain, driver of the #10 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, Riley Herbst, driver of the #18 Monster Energy Toyota, and Brett Moffitt, driver of the #02 Robert B Our Inc Co Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

It looked like Ross Chastain had been out-dueled for the Stage 2 win by Justin Allgaier in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond Raceway, but a caution with 11 laps left in the Stage changed everything.

Chastain led a group of 11 lead-lap cars that would pit for fresh tires, while Allgaier stayed on track with seven other lead-lap cars.

When the green flag came back out, Chastain gobbled up the older tire cars and passed Allgaier for the lead with four laps left in the Stage.

It wouldn’t be smooth sailing for the Stage 2 win though as Chastain had to hold off Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley and Jeb Burton for the Stage win.

This marks Chastain’s second Stage Win of 2020.

Closely behind the trio of Chastain, Haley and Jeb Burton was Chase Briscoe in fourth and Harrison Burton finished fifth.

Austin Cindric, Riley Herbst, Allgaier, Noah Gragson and Kaz Grala rounded out the top-10 finishers in Stage 2.

It’s been a clean race so far, as the only caution for an incident came in this Stage when Colby Howard smacked the wall to bring out the caution that changed the outcome of Stage 2.

Stage and Playoff Points Awarded in Stage 1:

Finish Driver Stage Points Playoff Points
1 Ross Chastain 10 1
2 Justin Haley 9 0
3 Jeb Burton 8 0
4 Chase Briscoe 7 0
5 Harrison Burton 6 0
6 Austin Cindric 5 0
7 Riley Herbst 4 0
8 Justin Allgaier 3 0
9 Noah Gragson 2 0
10 Kaz Grala 1 0
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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