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Fuel Mileage Stalls NASCAR Xfinity Ford Teams At Atlanta: Video

Fuel mileage was the name of the game in the Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 24th, 2024, and unfortunately, the fastest NASCAR Ford Mustangs just didn’t save enough to make it to the end, opening the door for a Chevy to win for the second week in a row.

Riley Herbst was able to keep pace with the leaders for most of the race, putting the No. 98 Mustang in good position to win as the laps ticked down. While he couldn’t snag the lead from the No. 2 Chevy Camaro SS of Jesse Love, the dominant car during the race, Herbst stayed in his tire tracks. Unfortunately, as Herbst was running second, he ran out of fuel on Lap 160, nine laps short of the checkered flag.

Almost immediately after Herbst’s No. 98 Mustang plummeted through the field, Cole Custer’s No. 00 Mustang started running on fumes, scrubbing off speed as his race car, too, ran dry. Ryan Sieg’s No. 39 NASCAR Ford also ran out, ultimately drawing the night’s final caution flag as he struggled to clear the racing surface.

Herbst wound up 15th with Custer behind him in 16th, and Sieg was credited with 22nd. Up front, Austin Hill saved enough fuel to win the race in the No. 21 Camaro.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Results, Atlanta Motor Speedway, February 24, 2024
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 2 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 169 2 Chevrolet Camaro
2 12 81 Chandler Smith QuickTie Toyota 169 0 Toyota TRD Supra
3 13 97 Shane Van Gisbergen # WeatherTech Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
4 10 18 Sheldon Creed Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Toyota 169 0 Toyota TRD Supra
5 24 31 Parker Retzlaff FVP/Bommarito.com Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
6 23 51 Jeremy Clements One Stop/All South Electric Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
7 15 5 Anthony Alfredo Chapman Fence Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
8 22 26 Jeffrey Earnhardt ForeverLawn Toyota 169 0 Toyota TRD Supra
9 8 19 Ryan Truex Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota 169 0 Toyota TRD Supra
10 14 8 Sammy Smith Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
11 6 1 Sam Mayer Raptor High Heat Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
12 1 2 Jesse Love # Whelen Chevrolet 169 157 Chevrolet Camaro
13 7 16 AJ Allmendinger Campers Inn RV Chevrolet 169 8 Chevrolet Camaro
14 18 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Atlas Roofing Chevrolet 169 0 Chevrolet Camaro
15 4 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 168 0 Ford Mustang
16 11 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 168 0 Ford Mustang
17 17 91 Kyle Weatherman DriveSmartWarranty.com Chevrolet 168 0 Chevrolet Camaro
18 21 78 BJ McLeod BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 168 0 Chevrolet Camaro
19 5 48 Parker Kligerman Spiked Lite Coolers Chevrolet 168 1 Chevrolet Camaro
20 30 44 Brennan Poole Finance Pros Plus Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
21 35 42 Leland Honeyman # LH Waterfront Construction Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
22 20 39 Ryan Sieg Sci Aps Ford 167 0 Ford Mustang
23 25 27 Jeb Burton State Water Heaters Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
24 36 14 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
25 34 43 Ryan Ellis Classic Collision Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
26 31 92 Nick Leitz(i) Precision Measurements Inc. Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
27 19 15 Hailie Deegan # AirBox Ford 167 0 Ford Mustang
28 9 7 Justin Allgaier Jarrett 25 Years Chevrolet 167 0 Chevrolet Camaro
29 33 35 Joey Gase NCPC Race Against Crime Chevrolet 166 0 Chevrolet Camaro
30 28 29 Blaine Perkins Pritchard Injury Firm Ford 166 0 Ford Mustang
31 29 4 Dawson Cram # KSDT CPA Chevrolet 166 0 Chevrolet Camaro
32 3 20 John Hunter Nemechek(i) Pye Barker Fire & Safety Toyota 165 0 Toyota TRD Supra
33 37 07 Patrick Emerling SIMFORGE Chevrolet 165 0 Chevrolet Camaro
34 32 6 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 165 0 Chevrolet Camaro
35 27 38 CJ McLaughlin Viking Motorsports Ford 164 0 Ford Mustang
36 26 28 Kyle Sieg Night Owl Ford 164 1 Ford Mustang
37 16 11 Josh Williams Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 159 0 Chevrolet Camaro
38 38 32 Jordan Anderson EasyCare Chevrolet 98 0 Chevrolet Camaro

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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