Justin Allgaier Holds Off Elliott Sadler to Win Xfinity Race at Dover

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DOVER, DE - RIS - Justin Allgaier held off Elliott Sadler to win at Dover International Speedway in Saturday's Xfinity race.  Sadler, running in second place, stalked Allgaier for the last 20 laps and was able to get alongside him on hte final lap, but it wasn't enough.

Allgaier won a $100,000 bonus by holding off teammate Sadler in a door-to-door race through the final turn. Sadler used lapped traffic to set up his attempt to get the lead from Allgaier and played it perfectly as he pulled alongside Allgaier. The two Chevrolets touched and Allgaier wiggled but held on for the victory.

"That race, you couldn't ask for anything better," Allgaier said. "You can never think about these finishes, about how they are going to come. When we were coming to the checkered and we were in the fence, I was thinking how disappointed I would be (if we didn't win)."

He's the 10th different Xfinity Series winner in 10 races this season. Dating to last year, a record 13 different drivers have won.

 Allgaier collected the $100,000 bonus from series sponsor Xfinity with the victory. His first win of the season was also his first at the Delaware mile and came during a year in which he'd finished second three times already this season.

Sadler led 33 laps and finished .306 seconds behind his JR Motorsports teammate.

"I have three great teammates and the amount of respect Elliott showed me out there was great," Allgaier said. "Obviously, we got together coming to the checkered, but I expected that. He had to do what he had to do and we did what we had to do.

"This whole team is incredible and to be part of this group is something special. I think we have a great shot at a championship."

Daniel Hemric finished third, Christopher Bell was fourth and Tyler Reddick completed the top five.

NASCAR started the race one hour earlier than scheduled to avoid rain and completed the event without interruption.

Dover International Speedway - Dover, DE - 1 Mile Concrete
Total Race Length - 200 Laps - 200 Miles

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 6 7 Justin Allgaier SiteOne Landscape Supply Chevrolet 200 2 1 59 Running 3 104 6
2 4 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevrolet 200 1 45 Running 3 33 1
3 5 21 Daniel Hemric South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 200 4 6 46 Running
4 34 20 Christopher Bell # Rheem/ Comcast Salute to Service Toyota 200 9 4 42 Running
5 33 9 Tyler Reddick # Hennessey Performance Chevrolet 200 5 2 47 Running 1 23
6 11 23 Johnny Sauter(i) Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet 200 0 Running
7 2 18 Noah Gragson(i) Switch Toyota 200 8 0 Running
8 3 2 Matt Tifft Nexteer Chevrolet 200 5 35 Running 1 1
9 7 22 Austin Cindric # Menards/Richmond Ford 200 6 3 41 Running
10 1 19 Brandon Jones XYO Networks Toyota 200 3 35 Running 2 33
11 8 11 Ryan Truex Bar Harbor/Sea Watch International Chevrolet 200 7 7 34 Running
12 10 3 Jeb Burton State Water Heaters Chevrolet 200 25 Running
13 36 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 200 24 Running
14 35 42 John H. Nemechek Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet 200 10 8 27 Running
15 37 5 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevrolet 200 10 23 Running
16 18 4 Ross Chastain Delaware Office of Highway Safety Protect Your Melon 200 9 23 Running
17 13 39 Ryan Sieg Lombard Bros. Gaming Chevrolet 200 20 Running
18 19 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 200 19 Running
19 12 16 Ryan Reed Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford 200 18 Running
20 21 35 Joey Gase Sparks Chevrolet 200 17 Running
21 15 36 Alex Labbe # Can-Am/Wholey/Cyclops Chevrolet 200 16 Running
22 25 01 Vinnie Miller # teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 200 15 Running
23 26 78 BJ McLeod JW Transport LLC Chevrolet 199 14 Running
24 14 28 Dylan Lupton thinQ Technology Partners Ford 199 13 Running
25 30 40 Chad Finchum # MBM Motorsports/Smithbilt Homes Toyota 198 12 Running
26 38 52 David Starr ATS/Whataburger Chevrolet 196 11 Running
27 29 8 Ray Black II Powered by Zomongo and Scubalife Chevrolet 196 10 Running
28 17 90 Brandon Brown Chevrolet 195 9 Running
29 31 45 Josh Bilicki # Prevagen Toyota 194 8 Running
30 27 76 Spencer Boyd # Grunt Style Chevrolet 190 7 Running
31 39 15 Joe Nemechek(i) Stockley Tavern/Meding's Seafood Chevrolet 188 0 Running
32 23 0 Garrett Smithley Chevrolet 169 5 Suspension 1 2
33 40 55 Stephen Leicht Jani-King Toyota 149 4 Vibration
34 9 60 Ty Majeski Ford Ford 129 3 Accident 1 4
35 22 13 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsports Toyota 113 2 Transmission
36 20 38 JJ Yeley RSS Racing Chevrolet 111 1 Vibration
37 16 24 Kaz Grala # NETTTS Ford 76 1 Accident
38 28 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 57 1 Transmission
39 32 66 Carl Long Chris Kyle Memorial Dodge 29 1 Brakes
40 24 93 Jeff Green C2 Freight Resources Chevrolet 11 1 Vibration
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 02 Mins, 23 Secs. Average Speed: 98.053 MPH Margin of Victory: 0.306 Seconds
1,7,19,21,9,22,11,18,20,42
7,9,22,20,2,21,11,42,4,5

Caution Flags: 8 for 45 laps: Laps: 3-8 (#2 Spin Turn 2 [None]); 31-35 (#45 Incident Turn 4 [40]); 47-52 (Stage 1 Conclusion [13]); 79-84 (#24 Incident Turn 4 [78]); 92-98 (Stage 2 Conclusion [01]); 130-134 (#42, 22 Incidient Turn 4 [78]); 145-150 (#36 Spin Turn 4 [01]); 170-173 (#60, 28 Incident Turn 4 [36]).
Lead Changes: 11 among 7 drivers: B. Jones 1-22; E. Sadler 23-48; T. Majeski 49-52; M. Tifft 53; T. Reddick # 54-76; J. Allgaier 77-93; B. Jones 94-104; E. Sadler 105-110; J. Allgaier 111-129; E. Sadler 130; G. Smithley 131-132; J. Allgaier 133-200.
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Hendrick Engines, #7 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race : Justin Allgaier, #7
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Christopher Bell, #20
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Ron Fleshman with Dean Patton

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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