At Saturday’s United Rentals 200, Sammy Smith, an 18-year-old taking online high school classes, secured the label of the youngest NASCAR Xfinity Series winner with the fastest car at the race. Expressing gratitude to the crew who supported him throughout, he mentioned Pilot, Flying J, Toyota, JGR, and his teammates in his post-race interview.
Course of the Race
In a race involving 69 laps, Joe Gibbs Racing Smith made a strong comeback after restarts on laps 157, 177, and 186, where, with only 15 of the 200 laps left, he left behind teammate Ryan Truex. Taking over from Kyle Busch on the lead on Lap 149, he went on for his first win in the series. Truex went on to secure the second position through a performance matching his career-best in a part-time role with JGR even through restarting on lap 186 at the seventh. At the interaction after the race, he was all praises for Sammy Smith, appreciating his car and the impressive restart. Sheldon Creed showed true resilience running third, even enduring the spinning and loss of track position on lap 148. He was helped by Kaulig Racing teammates Busch and Chandler Smith who had a tough competition for fourth.
Throughout the race, several incidents bumped the other racers’ positions down. Josh Berry, racing for JR Motorsports spun off following contact with Sam Mayer’s bumper on lap 84 and finished eighth. After winning the first stages of the race, Justin Allgaier was eliminated after he crashed hard on lap 178 after colliding with Brandon Jones and Kaz Grala, racing for Sam Hunt Racing. They were surpassed by Riley Herbst to emerge fourth. Coming out on sixth, John Hunter endured a restart penalty when he dipped below the yellow line on the apron just before the finish/ start line. On a series level, driver Austin Hill emerged first with a 30 points lead ahead of Nemechek.
Top 5 Cool Car Gadgets to Make Your Road Trip More Fun
Road trips can be draining with all the planning, preparations, and on the road problems. But, it easily can be turned into more fun and relaxed experience with help of useful car gadgets and accessories. Here are few cool car gadgets to take care of all your necessities on a long road trip, leaving you to enjoy the thrill fully.
BLUETTI EP500 Backup Power Station
This essential car gadget is very handy to power up all your devices while on the go. This is great for charging laptops, mobiles, cameras, and even electrical vehicles. No installation is needed to use this power bank and it is super easy to use and control due to its integrated app. Moreover, a total of 15 outlet sources with a variety of ports make it highly versatile. This car gadget is also great for managing power outages on road.
GentleTent USA GT Pickup Inflatable Truck Tent
This particular car accessory can completely transform your vehicle into a camp-on-wheel for more adventurous road trips. This inflatable truck tent is designed to integrate into any truck. With over 220 cm of height and a lightweight of 27 kg, this weather-resistant truck tent provides a 140×220 cm roomy living and sleeping area for more than two people, delivering a comfortable home-like experience on road.
Redtail Overland Redtail RTC Vehicle Top Camper
This wonder car gear can turn any location into a vacation spot with an overnight staying facility. After a long drive, you can rest easy in this chic camper instead of the usual cold and uncomfortable tents. This luxury car tent can be uniquely attached to your car’s roof and comes with cutting-edge style, windows, power-bank, dimmable LED lighting, and more wonderful interior features.
MessageCar In-Car Smartphone Audio Device
This particular car gadget is a must-have for long road trips. It connects to the car’s USB port. The main function of it is to read aloud text messages while you are driving, so that you never miss any important notification on the road, even without glancing at your smartphone screen. This is also a popular everyday use car accessory, due to this very handy feature ensuring a safe drive.
Dometic CFX3 55IM Smart Cooler
This magical car gadget keeps your foods and drinks fresher for a longer time during road trips. This innovative portable ice-cold storage keeps your treats colder and fresher without any ice via its effective compressor technology! This cooler fits up to 83 cans and comes with a color display clearly showing the storage temperature. Additionally, you can control and monitor this storage temperature via an in-built app through the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity features of this smart cooler.