Allgaier Makes Quick Pass Late for Mid Ohio Xfinity Win

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LEXINGTON, OH - Justin Allgaier passed Austin Cindric with four laps remaining in the Xfinity race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and held the advantage to win his third race of the season. This is the most wins in a season for Allgaier.

The JR Motorsports driver of the No. 7 Brandt Chevrolet rallied from late-race contact and a spin to pass Austin Cindric with three laps remaining, claiming his third win of the season and first at the famed 2.4-mile road course.

Cindric’s No. 22 Penske Racing Ford won the pole position and led a dominant 59 of the race’s 75 laps but his track position gamble out front on old tires couldn’t hold off a hard-charging Allgaier, who pitted for new rubber in the race’s final caution period with eight laps remaining.

Cindric held on for second place. Richard Childress Racing driver Daniel Hemric finished third, followed by teammate and Ohio native Matt Tifft. Ryan Truex rounded out the top five. Allgaier became the sixth different winner in as many Xfinity races at Mid-Ohio.

 “I thought we gave it away when I went off (course),” Allgaier said of his mid-race collision with Ford’s Cole Custer. “But that pit call (for tires) at the end is what did it. … We’ve been good this year, but to do it (win) at a road course is even better.”

And, he added with a smile, “it was a real barn-burner at the end.”

For his part, Cindric was understandably disappointed to come home runner-up because he had clearly been the class of the field all weekend. The 19-year old came just two seconds away from claiming his first Xfinity Series win, but did lead the most laps and earned a stage win as well.

“It was a big points day for me. But too bad we couldn’t capitalize with a dominant car,” Cindric said.

Four-time race winner and series points leader Christopher Bell ran as high as second place at one point, but heavy contact between him and veteran Elliott Sadler in the closing laps spun Bell’s No. 20 Toyota around and caused a final laps catch-up session. He ended up 11th and still holds a 17-point advantage over Hemric and Elliott in the standings with four races left to set the playoff field.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, OH - 2.258 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 75 Laps - 169.35 Miles
Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 7 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet 75 1 10 51 Running 2 8 6
2 1 22 Austin Cindric # PPG Ford 75 5 1 51 Running 4 59 1
3 9 21 Daniel Hemric South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet 75 5 40 Running
4 5 2 Matt Tifft Fanatics/Cleveland Indians Chevrolet 75 10 2 43 Running
5 6 11 Ryan Truex LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 75 3 40 Running
6 2 1 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet 75 2 8 43 Running
7 4 00 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 75 4 37 Running
8 20 23 Spencer Gallagher Allegiant Chevrolet 75 7 33 Running
9 13 36 Alex Labbe # Larue Chevrolet 75 28 Running
10 11 16 Ryan Reed Drive Down A1C Lilly Diabetes Ford 75 27 Running
11 10 20 Christopher Bell # Rheem Toyota 75 3 34 Running 1 1
12 16 3 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point/Beard Oil Distributing Chevrolet 75 9 0 Running
13 12 18 Kyle Benjamin Toyota Service Centers/Mobil 1 Toyota 75 24 Running
14 18 60 Chase Briscoe Ford Ford 75 9 25 Running
15 8 90 Andy Lally Amethyst Beverage/Aase Sales Chevrolet 75 22 Running 1 7
16 14 4 Ross Chastain teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 75 4 28 Running
17 17 51 Jeremy Clements BRT Extrusions/RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet 75 7 24 Running
18 24 5 Michael Annett Allstate Parts & Service Group Chevrolet 75 19 Running
19 30 78 Tommy Joe Martins Chevrolet 75 18 Running
20 28 45 Josh Bilicki # Prevagen Toyota 75 17 Running
21 32 52 David Starr Extreme Kleaners/Escape RV Chevrolet 75 16 Running
22 23 42 Justin Marks Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet 75 15 Running
23 3 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Atlas Toyota 75 14 Running
24 27 35 Joey Gase Sparks Chevrolet 75 13 Running
25 35 76 Spencer Boyd # Grunt Style Chevrolet 75 12 Running
26 33 66 Tim Cowen Cowen Logistics Ford 75 11 Running
27 19 61 Kaz Grala # DMB Financial Ford 75 6 15 Running
28 31 0 Garrett Smithley Wheeling Nailers Chevrolet 75 9 Running
29 36 40 Chad Finchum # MBM Motorsports LLC Toyota 75 8 Running
30 22 15 Katherine Legge Airtec Chevrolet 65 8 10 Engine
31 15 9 Tyler Reddick # Nationwide Children's Chevrolet 60 6 11 Accident
32 25 38 JJ Yeley RSS Racing Chevrolet 48 5 Rear Gear
33 26 8 Cody Ware(i) Chevrolet 37 0 Accident
34 21 39 Ryan Sieg Midstate Chevrolet 29 3 Transmission
35 39 13 John Jackson CrashClaimsR.Us Dodge 23 2 Transmission
36 38 01 Vinnie Miller # JAS Trucking Chevrolet 14 1 Brakes
37 37 74 Stephen Leicht Horizon Transport Dodge 11 1 Clutch
38 40 89 Morgan Shepherd Visone RV Chevrolet 9 1 Overheating
39 29 93 Jeff Green RSS Racing Chevrolet 6 1 Brakes
40 34 55 Dylan Murcott Prevagen Toyota 0 1 Accident
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 18 Mins, 36 Secs. Average Speed: 73.312 MPH Margin of Victory: 2.095 Seconds
7,1,11,4,22,61,23,15,60,2
22,2,20,00,21,9,51,1,3,7
Race Comments: Justin Allgaier won the 6th annual Rock N Roll Tequilla 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, his eighth NASCAR Xfinity Series victory. Prior to the green flag, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason indicated: No. 0, 01, 36, 45 (unapproved adjustments).
Failed to Qualify: N/A
Caution Flags: 6 for 18 laps: Laps: 2-4 (#55 Incident Turn 4 [None]); 22-24 (Stage 1 Conclusion [19]); 31-33 (Fluid on Track #39 Turn 2 [None]); 42-44 (Stage 2 Conclusion [60]); 61-64 (#9 Spin Turn 4 [40]); 68-69 (Fluid on Track #15 Turn 10 [90]).
Lead Changes: 7 among 4 drivers: A. Cindric # 1-17; J. Allgaier 18-21; A. Cindric # 22-42; A. Lally 43-49; A. Cindric # 50-63; C. Bell # 64; A. Cindric # 65-71; J. Allgaier 72-75.
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Roush-Yates Engines, #22 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race : Justin Allgaier, #7
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Alex Labbe, #36
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Aug. 17, 2018 - Bristol Motor Speedway

Ron Fleshman

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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