While Noah Gragson had checked out with the lead, and Denny Hamlin had second-place basically locked up for Stage 2 in Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Sport Clips Haircuts 200 at Darlington, the battle for third was fierce on the final lap of the Stage.
Heading into turns 1 and 2, Harrison Burton put Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger three wide for the spot.
Somehow, they didn’t crash and the battle for third actually turned into a four-wide battle as Justin Allgaier popped into the battle down the backstretch.
That was a finish, wasn't it?
Stage 2 goes to Noah Gragson, but the real battle is behind him! #NASCAR #XfinitySeries pic.twitter.com/8Y92fyZaQ2
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 4, 2021
In the end, Cindric prevailed for third. Justin Allgaier finished the Stage in fourth and Daniel Hemric got around few cars in the final half lap of the Stage to finish fifth.