Surprise! Cup Driver Wins Xfinity Race At Texas

Saturday’s Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 (wtf is that?) at Texas Motor Speedway was won by, wait for it, wait for it, did you guess a Cup driver? BECAUSE YOU’RE CORRECT AND WIN NOT A DAMN THING BECAUSE CUP GUYS ALWAYS WIN.

Winning Cup driver led 132 of 200 laps on Saturday giving his starched shirt, pressed black pants cup Xfinity team their third win in a row all with Cup drivers. A really impressive feat in the 2018 Xfinity Cup Series.

Xfinity regulars Christopher “Mr. Personality” Bell and RCR’s best driver Daniel Hemric came home second and third, both leading 10 and 39 laps respectively. Our respects, however, don’t give either of those drivers an automatic playoff spot from winning a race. Instead, both are still looking for a win to lock them into the playoffs while Cup drivers continue to ensure no Xfinity regulars win.

Out of the 6 Xfinity races this season, 5 have been won by Cup drivers. Tyler Reddick the lone Xfinity regular winner did it at Daytona in an ARCA style debacle. Other than it has been Cup driver, Cup driver, Cup driver, Cup driver, Cup driver.

Texas is generally never an exciting race contrary to what Eddie Gossage has to say. Saturday saw a number of cautions and a number of guys destroying race cars.

Take Chad Finchum for example, he managed to not hit anything on his first spin that brought out a caution on lap 3. Come lap 81 however he managed to hit the wall in very stout fashion.

Then you had non-Cup driver Brandon Jones wreck after strategizing his way to a Stage 2 win he wrecked on the front stretch and once again finished behind teammates Ryan Preece and Christopher Bell.

And then there was the great Spencer Gallagher v. Ryan Reed battle of 2018 that we all didn’t know we needed but now need more of. Reed pinched Gallagher down and like his father’s airline Gallagher had a malfunction. Spence ran out of talent and bumped the wall in the quad-oval.

Unfortunately, all the action happened in the first 100 laps of the race. The last 100 laps of the race were rather uneventful as the Cup guy made his way back through a strategy mixed up the field. Other than that time Tyler Reddick got called for speeding on pit road and then again when he attempted to serve his penalty. Once the Cup driver got back out in front it was clear sailing for him.

The Cup driver gave the checkered flag to a kid in the stands after the race and that was cool. But a Cup driver still won and that’s not cool.

Good news for Xfinity regulars is next week at Bristol is a Dash 4 Cash race meaning Cup drivers can’t be in it. An Xfinity regular will win at Bristol and for that, we’re all thankful. “Names are made here” is the series slogan, next Saturday at Bristol someone might be able to make that name.

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