David Schildhouse won the Interstate Batteries Monday Night Racing’s Operation Christmas Child 300k at Legacy Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 28, edging out Joey Padgett at the line.
Schildhouse, who was on a different strategy than much of the field, ended up behind Padgett after a late-race restart. Carson Hocevar had pushed Padgett ahead of Schildhouse on the restart when Schildhouse was the leader. Race control reviewed what happened and black-flagged Hocevar, who was then parked after he stopped in the frontstretch and was hit from behind by Brett Baldeck.
Schildhouse, however, was able to hold off Collin Fern and bump Padgett’s damaged rear bumper just enough to take his sixth career win.
“It’s Monday Night Racing, baby, I don’t know what else to say,” Schildhouse exclaimed after the race. “That’s an all-time classic right there. … Shoutout to Joey Padgett, this dude’s gonna win a lot of races in this league, he’s so fast and I’m glad that we had a good clean battle. Shoutout to Collin Fern for the good battle there at the end as well. Unbelievable circumstances, crazy pit strategies. I wanted to be in a position to win it and now we’re going to the playoffs four races in, feels good to get that done.”
Schildhouse, who raced with an injured hand, joins Corey Heim, Garrett Smithley and Chase Cabre in the playoffs.
Padgett was second, Fern was third, DJ Cummings was fourth and Smithley rounded out the top five.
This version of Texas has an older, abrasive surface, which resulted in quite a bit of passing early on for these NASCAR Xfinity Series cars. Rajah Caruth started on the pole but quickly fell back, surrendering the lead to Nick Olsen. Reid Wilson grabbed first place on lap 3, while Bailey Turner got in front sometime later.
Then the Big One happened. So many cars, including Wilson, Robby Lyons, Collin Fern, David Schildhouse and Will Rodgers, got caught up in a big crash on the backstretch. Two cars even flipped as the track became a parking lot.
Just like Christmas in July, the Big One comes early in the #OperationChristmasChild300K at Texas!
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Practically everyone involved used their fast repair after this melee.
Olsen restarted in front, but Turner went to the point and led…