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Shane van Gisbergen Goes Back-to-Back at Sonoma

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen pre-race at Sonoma for the Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 200. (Photo: Aaron Brink | The Podium Finish)

SONOMA, Calif. — After winning at Portland a week ago, Shane van Gisbergen once again entered Sonoma as the favorite as he looked to win back-to-back races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

Van Gisbergen showed why he was the favorite during qualifying by winning the pole award by over three-tenths over the field.

That speed also transferred over to the race and after some tough battles, van Gisbergen was able to win the Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 250 for his second win of the season.

“Firstly, got to thank these guys so much, Kaulig Racing,” van Gisbergen said during his Fox Sports interview post-race. “Our WeatherTech Camaro got beat up again, but man what a race, an adventure up and down all day.”

On the way to the victory, van Gisbergen won Stage 1 and finished second in Stage 2, leading a race-high 32 laps. SVG also earned 59 points and six playoff points, which moved him up to 10th in the regular season points standings, and now ranks fourth in playoff points with 11.

On the final restart with 11 laps to go, Austin Hill led the race and van Gisbergen lined up in second. Going into Turn 2 SVG got to the inside of Hill and drove hard into the turn, even getting into the dirt before making contact with Hill’s No. 21 car.

The contact pushed Hill wide, dropping him back to fifth place and allowed van Gisbergen to run away with the win.

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen sitting by his car pre-race at Sonoma. (Photo: Aaron Brink | The Podium Finish)

“But that last restart I was just giving it all I had and two guys going for the same real estate came together,” said van Gisbergen. “It was pretty awesome though, a lot of fun. Hope everyone enjoyed the show. Pretty awesome back-to-back weeks for us.”

Hill, who led 21 laps and finished in fifth place saw the incident differently but claimed to take the “higher road” in his Fox Sports interview on pit road.

“I’m gonna leave it to the keyboard warriors on this one. I’ll let them figure out what happened,” said Hill. “No matter what comment I say, it’ll be wrong.”

“I plead the fifth, I’m not going to say anything about it. We’ll just go on to the next one, good hard racing. We were holding off SVG for a while, had that caution and I knew it was going to be tough on the restart and it didn’t work out. But we had a good points day and finished in the top five. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Today’s biggest threat to beat van Gisbergen was the former Xfinity Series champion, Ty Gibbs. After leading 26 laps and winning Stage 2 Gibbs had a slow pit stop that put him in the back for the restart to open the final stage.

On that ensuing restart a big pileup occurred mid-pack that collected 13 cars in total and ended Gibbs’ day.

Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen driving during qualifying at Sonoma Raceway where he would go on to win the Pole. (Photo: Aaron Brink | The Podium Finish)

Sheldon Creed, Sam Mayer, rookie Austin Green and Hill rounded out the top five. Justin Allgaier, Chandler Smith, John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer and Parker Kligerman concluded the top 10.

With the ninth-place finish, Custer was able to remain the points leader by 12 points over both Hill and Smith going into next weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway

Stage 1 Top 10 Results

  1. Shane van Gisbergen
  2. AJ Allmendinger
  3. Austin Hill
  4. Parker Kligerman
  5. John Hunter Nemechek
  6. Chandler Smith
  7. Sammy Smith
  8. Anthony Alfredo
  9. Parker Retzlaff
  10. Riley Herbst

Stage 2 Top 10 Results

  1. Ty Gibbs
  2. Shane van Gisbergen
  3. Jesse Love
  4. Sheldon Creed
  5. Cole Custer
  6. Chandler Smith
  7. John Hunter Nemechek
  8. Parker Kligerman
  9. Justin Allgaier
  10. Parker Retzlaff

Zip Buy Now, Pay Later 200 at Sonoma Raceway Results

Finish Start Car No. Driver Sponsor/Make Status
1 1 97 Shane van Gisbergen (R) WeatherTech Chevrolet Running
2 9 18 Sheldon Creed MRC Construction Chevrolet Running
3 8 1 Sam Mayer myRTIC Chevrolet Running
4 22 32 Austin Green Chevrolet Running
5 3 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet Running
6 5 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Partners Chevrolet Running
7 11 81 Chandler Smith QuickTie Products Toyota Running
8 7 20 John Hunter Nemechek (i) Safeway Toyota Running
9 12 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford Running
10 14 48 Parker Kligerman Spiked Lite Coolers Chevrolet Running
11 13 31 Parker Retzlaff FUNKAWAY Chevrolet Running
12 6 2 Jesse Love (R) Whelen Chevrolet Running
13 15 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford Running
14 33 44 Brennan Poole Front Line Fire Protection Chevrolet Running
15 17 26 Ed Jones Synergy Modular Career Toyota Running
16 31 92 Josh Bilicki SBC Contractors Inc. Chevrolet Running
17 4 16 AJ Allmendinger Celsius Chevrolet Running
18 21 29 Blaine Perkins Ford Running
19 19 07 Alex Labbe Sonoma Aviation Chevrolet Running
20 18 39 Ryan Sieg Sci Apps Ford Running
21 36 38 Matt DiBenedetto Viking Motorsports Ford Running
22 23 51 Jeremy Clements One Stop/All South Electric Chevrolet Running
23 32 28 Kyle Sieg RSS Racing Ford Running
24 30 14 Brad Perez Refology/Weiss Ford Running
25 24 50 Preston Pardus Chinchor Electric Inc. Chevrolet Running
26 34 43 Ryan Ellis Classic Collision Chevrolet Running
27 38 4 Garrett Smithley Dozer Winch Chevrolet Running
28 35 17 Boris Said Chevrolet Running
29 29 42 Leland Honeyman (R) RANDCO Industries Chevrolet Running
30 25 91 Kyle Weatherman DriveSmart Warranty/ML20 Chevrolet Running
31 16 5 Anthony Alfredo Chevy Accessories Chevrolet Running
32 37 15 Hailie Deegan (R) VIVA Tequila Seltzer Ford Running
33 10 8 Sammy Smith Pilot Flying J Chevrolet Running
34 26 6 Thomas Annunziata Chevrolet Transmission
35 2 19 Ty Gibbs (i) Starkey/Soundgear Toyota Accident
36 20 27 Jeb Burton FVP/Bommarito Auto Group Chevrolet Accident
37 28 11 Josh Williams Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet Accident
38 27 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Jeld-Wen Chevrolet Accident




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