Brown was leading the race when a wreckage of several cars erupted on lap 102 of the 113 scheduled to bring out the fifth warning.

With the sunset and rain rapidly approaching, NASCAR checked with drivers, observers and its officials in the starting pit and determined it was too dark to continue racing.

Brown was declared the winner, his first victory in 113 career playoff starts. He also completed a double winners program for the first time, with Tate Fogleman securing his first career truck victory earlier today.

“Oh my God, this is a dream come true,” Brown said. “Win in Talladega. Oh my God, daddy, we made it – let’s go!

“It’s everything we hoped and dreamed of. All I ever wanted to do is take the trophy home to mom and dad. Thanks to all of our partners. Oh my God, this is so amazing.

“Everything has changed so much from top to bottom and we were just hoping for the best. We saw our moment and we seized it. I am so proud of everyone at Brandonbilt Motorsports and everyone who has worked on our team.

“We did it. We did it. We did it.”

This is the third consecutive full-time season Brown, 28, has competed in the Xfinity series with his Virginia-based family team.

Brandon Jones was credited with second place, although his team claimed they were in the lead when the warning was posted for the last crash.

Justin Allagier was third, Daniel Hemric fourth and Jordan Anderson completed the top five.

En route to the games’ first round final race at the Charlotte Roval next weekend, Austin Cindric leads the playoff standings by 33 over Allgaier. Allmendinger, who missed Saturday’s race earlier, is now fourth, 55 behind Cindric.

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Step 3

After the break between stages 2 and 3, the cars in the lead lap are all in the pits with Riley Herbst the first out of the pits. Jones had to resume the race from behind after crushing equipment during his pit stop.

The race resumed on lap 55 with Herbst in the lead, followed by Justin Haley, Allgaier, John Hunter Nemechek and Cindric.

Allgaier took the lead shortly after the restart. Cindric returned to the lead on lap 56.

Allgaier returned to the lead on lap 58 as his teammate Noah Gragson moved up to second.

Jeb Burton took the lead for the first time in the race on lap 65 while Moffitt was second. Cindric returned to the lead on lap 66.

On lap 69, the first group of drivers took to the pit lane to make a green flag stop to refuel to get to the end of the race.

Bayley Currey stalled on the pit lane on lap 75 to bring out a warning. Four cars had not yet completed their green flag stops while Herbst was fifth, the first car among those to stop.

At the restart on lap 80, Herbst returned to the lead followed by Cindric, Gragson, Allgaier and Josh Berry.

Berry gave Gragson a big boost on the restart to put him in the lead for the first time in the race.

On lap 89, Brett Moffitt broke loose and sped down the track and into the oncoming path of Gragson, triggering a 13-car crash that also brought playoff driver Myatt Snider together.

NASCAR reported the race for nearly 16 minutes to clear the track of debris. Jeb Burton inherited the lead once at Moffitt’s booth to repair the damage.

On the restart on lap 94, Jeb Burton was followed by Jones, Allgaier and Haley. Jones was pushed into the lead after the restart.

With 15 laps to go, rain was reported near the race track, adding another element to the impending darkness.

On lap 100 Brown took the lead and on lap 102 contact between Harrison Burton and Moffitt sparked another crash involving multiple cars which also brought Nemechek and Herbst together.

NASCAR decided it was too dark to continue the race and he was called after 107 laps.

2nd step

Blaine Perkins took the lead and edged his teammate Moffitt for the Stage 2 victory.

Nemechek was third, Herbst fourth and Allgaier completed the top five.

After the break between stages 1 and 2, all the cars in the lead lap come to a stop with Herbst the first road out of the pits. The race was halted for about six minutes as the track teams had to repair part of the wall at Turn 3.

On the restart on lap 31, Herbst was followed by Nemechek, Snider and Cindric.

With 10 laps to go in the special, Herbst kept a small lead over Cindric while Hemric was third and Perkins fourth.

With five laps to go, Herbst remained in command of the field with Cindric in second and Perkins in third.

Step 1

Sam Mayer and Allmendinger were wrecked in the last lap, which saw Nemechek win the first stage on bail.

Brown and Moffitt went four-way with Mayer and Allmendinger with a contact from Moffitt sending Allmendinger into Moffitt.

Jeb Burton was second, Herbst third, Cindric fourth and Snider completed the top five.

Allgaier started on pole but Cindric climbed high and took the lead in the first lap.

Berry took the lead in lap 3 only to see Cindric regain first place in lap 4.

A push from Allmendinger sent Berry back in the lead on lap 7.

Allmendinger took the lead from Turn 2 on lap 10 as Berry was second and Jones third.

Jones took the lead on lap 13 with a push from teammate Harrison Burton as Nemechek finished third.

Harrison Burton took the lead on lap 17 as Haley made a lap on the field.

With five laps to go in the special, Nemechek took the lead as teammates Joe Gibbs Racing raced from first to fourth.

Haley had to start the race from the back of the field because of badly applied stickers on her No.11 Chevrolet. He also had to serve a pit lane penalty after the race went green.


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