HAMPTON, GEORGIA - JULY 09: Austin Hill, driver of the #21 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 09, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Austin Hill fends off final-lap challenges for home-state win in Atlanta

Home-state favorite Austin Hill held off the pack and emerged from a final-lap fray to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Hill set the pace in the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet for 73 of the 163 laps in the Alsco Uniforms 250. His second victory of the year was his first at the 1.54-mile Georgia track and the second of his Xfinity Series career.

Stage 1 winner Josh Berry led 13 laps and placed second in the No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevy. Ryan Truex drove home third with Tyler Reddick fourth and Daniel Hemric in fifth.

Ty Gibbs, a winner at Atlanta earlier this season, started from the pole but was saddled with his second DNF of the season after a wall scrape with his No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Gibbs completed just 93 laps and finished 35th in the 38-car field.

The Xfinity Series’ next race is scheduled for next Saturday (5 p.m. ET, USA, NBC Sports App, PRN, SiriusXM) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.