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Race Recap for the Allied Steel Buildings 300 
Sunday May 5th, Race Recap 
Date: May 4, 2019 
Event: Allied Steel Buildings 300 (Round 10 of 33) 
Location: Dover (DE) International Speedway (1.00 Mile Oval) 
Format: 200 laps in three stages (45 laps/45 laps 110 laps) 
Start/Finish: 17th/13th (completed 200/200 laps) 
Point Standing: 17th (164 points, 109 out of the playoffs) 
Race Winner: Christopher Bell of Joe Gibbs Racing 
Stage 1 Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing 
Stage 2 Winner: Cole Custer of Stewart-Haas Racing 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-45):
● Brandon Brown started 17th, finished 16th.
● Brandon Brown and the No. 86 crew started the weekend off strong, 15th and 10th in the two practice sessions Friday and qualifying 17th on Saturday. When Brown settled in after the green flag he was too tight center, and too loose off and he had to hold on before Brenner could adjust on the car.
● Brown found himself getting lapped with 4 laps remaining in Stage 1.  He had to drive as hard as he did all race to hold off the competitor trying to take the ‘free pass’ away from him. In the end, Brown got it and it would put him on the lead lap for Stage 2.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 46–90):
● Started 16th, finished 15th.
● This Stage was quite uneventful.  Brown was forced to start at the rear because of the ‘free pass’ (end of line) penalty.
●  Brown was riding in the 15th position when he had a moment.
Contact with the No. 39 sent Brown in a 4-wheel slide through turns 3-4. Brandon gathered it back up and stayed on the lead lap.

Stage 3 Recap (Lap 91-200):
● Started 15th, finished 13th.
● For the first time all race, Brown had track position with the leaders and he would use this to his advantage. Staying just outside the top-10 the whole run.
●Following a 58-lap run the yellow flag flew and then another and then another, at which point we got back on the lead lap again!
● Brown and the No. 86 crew took care of the car toward the end of the race. Realizing they would need an additional yellow flag to gain any more positions, they settled for 13th.

Next Up: The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule in two weeks is the Alsco 300, Saturday May 25th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The race starts at 1pm EST with live coverage provided by FS1.