Rain impacted the NASCAR XFINITY Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday leading up to practice and qualifying, and remained a factor at the 1.058-mile oval on Saturday for the race. With rain canceling qualifying, Cole Custer started on the pole as the field was set per the rulebook.

Jade Buford, scheduled to drive the No. 74 entry, did not make the race with 39 cars entered.

NASCAR dried the track from earlier rain while they continued pre-race ceremonies with light rain falling. Moments later the light rain moved away, and NASCAR fired the engines to run a pace lap before bringing the cars back to pit road. And not long after that, NASCAR told the teams to bolt on rain tires for the start of the race.

Pace laps began and the field went green for Saturday’s SciAps 200.

With 12 complete, NASCAR declared conditions dry enough to throw a competition caution. Being a competitive pit stop, the yellow allowed teams to switch from wet weather tires to slicks.

The green flag waived again at lap 16 with Custer leading.

Austin Hill passed Custer to lead a pair of laps before regaining the top spot. The No. 00 Ford led through the next pair of cautions before handing it to Sammy Smith at lap 37.

Custer did not see the front of the field again until two laps into the final stage of the event – leading the next 56 circuits before Chandler Smith and Carson Kvapil cycled as the leader.

The California driver eventually worked his way back to the lead after caution after caution flew inside of 25 laps to go. That is until the No. 14 of Mason Massey spun in turn two — sending the event into NASCAR Overtime.

The top five for the overtime restart included Custer, Sheldon Creed, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, and Carson Kvapil.

The green flag dropped at lap 201 for the first attempt at NASCAR Overtime.

Sheldon Creed quickly gained the lead from Custer on the white flag lap with Bell threatening the top two. Bell gained momentum and cleared his teammate on the final lap to win the SciAps 200.

With Saturday’s victory in the No. 20 Toyota, Bell captured his 10th XFINITY Series victory in career start No. 78.

Creed finishes second followed by Custer, Allgaier, Kvapil, Ryan Sieg, Parker Kligerman, Riley Herbst, Alex Bowman, and Corey Heim.

The series heads next to Nashville Superspeedway for the Tennessee Lottery 250 on Saturday, June 29th, with live coverage on USA.

Brett Winningham
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