Justin Haley Earns First Xfinity Victory at Talladega

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Justin Haley scored his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, holding off teammate Ross Chastain by a .299-second margin.

Haley, who led 16 laps during the Unhinged 300, dedicated the victory to former crew chief Nick Harrison, who died last July from unknown causes.

“First of all I want to dedicate that win to Nick Harrison and the Harrison family,” Haley said, “He started this journey with me last year in my rookie year, losing him was pretty big. This is an incredible day.”

“I’m fighting for a ride. I’m fighting for the next time I get in a racecar next year. So, anytime you can win definitely helps.”

Chastain won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash prize money, beating qualified drivers AJ Allmendinger (seventh), Brandon Jones (16th), and Chase Briscoe (18th.)

Haley was pushed into the lead by his teammate at the beginning of the last restart, after a multi-car pile-up involving Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, Myatt Snider, among others.

Jeb Burton finished third in his second start for JR Motorsports this season and Austin Cindric finished fourth, while Brett Moffitt rounded out the top-five finishers.

Gragson leads Briscoe in the point standings by 15 markers, and sits 43 ahead of Cindric.

The Xfinity Series heads to Pocono Raceway next Sunday, June 28th, at 12:30 p.m./ET on Fox Sports 1.
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