The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY)


• Saturday’s SPARKS 300, Talladega



As he crossed the finish line under caution on a dark race track Saturday,

Brandon Brown surrendere­d to the emotion of his first victory in the Xfinity Series. “Thank God,” Brown exulted. “We did it. We did it. We won!”

On a day of unexpected victories at Talladega Superspeed­way—a track where the unexpected sometimes seems commonplac­e—brown had a narrow lead three-wide with Justin

Allgaier and Brandon Jones at the previous scoring loop when NASCAR called the fifth caution of the race on Lap 102 for a multicar wreck in Turn 4.

With darkness preventing the resumption of the race, NASCAR

showed the checkered flag to Brown under yellow on Lap 107 of a scheduled 113, with Jones credited with second and Allgaier third.

Daniel Hemric finished fourth, followed by Jordan Anderson, Justin Haley, Jeb Burton and defending series champion Austin Cindric, who clinched a spot in the Round of 8 in the Xfinity Playoff with an insurmount­able points edge over ninth-place Jeb Burton.

On final lap of first stage, the cars of Sam Mayer and regular-season champ AJ Allmending­er collided in Turn 3, demolishin­g both vehicles. Allmending­er took a heavy hit in the points, but he’s still 33 above the cut line heading to Saturday’s Round of 12 eliminatio­n race at Charlotte Roval, a

track where he is expected to excel.

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