Austin Hill won Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (HHP/Jacy Norgaard photo)

Hill Saves Fuel At Atlanta, Remains Undefeated In 2024

Austin Hill saved enough fuel and was poised to capitalize when his competitors ran out in order to score his second consecutive win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Hill’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, rookie Jesse Love, dominated the RAPTOR King of Tough 250 by sweeping the stages and leading 157 laps but ran out of fuel leading the field to green in NASCAR overtime.

Hill restarted third on the outside lane in his No. 21 Chevrolet and pounced when his teammate stumbled to score the victory, remaining undefeated in two Xfinity Series races in 2024.

A handful of Fords ran out of fuel almost simultaneously with three laps to go in regulation.

Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Riley Herbst and Cole Custer were running second and seventh, respectively, when their gas tanks ran dry. Ryan Sieg in another Ford came to a stop on the apron of Turns 3 and 4 out of fuel, necessitating the caution period that sent the race into extras.

Chandler Smith finished second ahead of rookie Shane van Gisbergen, who scored a career-best result in third. 

Sheldon Creed and Parker Retzlaff completed the top five.

Jeremy Clements, Anthony Alfredo, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ryan Truex and Sammy Smith made up the rest of the top 10.

After running out of fuel late, Love finished 12th.