Allmendinger Dominant at COTA Xfinity

(AUSTIN TX – MARCH 26, 2022 – RIS) AJ Allmendinger led 27 of the 46 laps in the NASCAR Xfinity Pit Boss 250 at Circuit of the Americas, beating out Austin Hill by just over two seconds to score his eleventh career win and his seventh on a road course.

Allmendinger led the field at the end of the first stage, setting the scene for the final leg of the race where he led the final 13 laps on the 20-turn road course. Following the race, the winner reported that he "was not happy with where I put the car," adding that "It was hard to drive…." He later said that "they (his crew) deserve to win."

Runner-up Austin Hill, winner of the season-opening race at Daytona, commented that "It was a solid effort. I've always felt like I could get around a road course," adding that "I guess AJ was just a little bit better. We can run with AJ, he was just doing some things a little bit better than I was."

Third place finisher Cole Custer said that "It was good to get out there and get those laps. I think I overdrove the car a lot of the day, so it was good to get in a rhythm. The track gets really hot and slick in the afternoon, so it is good to know that for the Cup car. I am pretty frustrated. I think we would have had a really good shot to win that race and I just made a stupid mistake and sped on pit road. Hopefully, we can have another good run tomorrow in our Cup Mustang."

Unofficial Results: 2nd Annual Pit Boss 250, March 26, 2022, Circuit of The Americas

Fin, St, Driver, Car, Laps, St1, St2, Tms led, Laps led, Playoff Pts, Pts, Status
1) 4, AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet, 46, 1, 8, 2, 27, 6, 53, Running
2) 8, Austin Hill #, No. 21 Global Industrial Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 35, Running
3) 3, Cole Custer(i), No. 07 Bucked Up Energy Drink Ford, 46, , , , , , 0, Running
4) 12, Noah Gragson, No. 9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, 46, , 9, , , , 35, Running
5) 10, Sam Mayer, No. 1 Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet, 46, , 1, 1, 3, 1, 42, Running
6) 21, Myatt Snider, No. 31 TaxSlayer Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 31, Running
7) 13, Brett Moffitt, No. 02 Hometown Lenders Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 30, Running
8) 16, Jade Buford, No. 48 Big Machine Spiked Coolers Chevrolet, 46, 7, 2, , , , 42, Running
9) 17, Miguel Paludo, No. 88 BRANDT Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 28, Running
10) 6, Sheldon Creed #, No. 2 Whelen Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 27, Running
11) 35, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 CMRroofing.com/A-game Ford, 46, , , , , , 26, Running
12) 11, Parker Kligerman(i), No. 35 Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway Toyota, 46, 4, , , , , 0, Running
13) 18, Anthony Alfredo, No. 23 Pit Boss Grills Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 24, Running
14) 7, Preston Pardus, No. 91 Chinchor Electric/Danus Chevrolet, 46, 6, , , , , 28, Running
15) 1, Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Interstate Batteries Toyota, 46, 10, , 1, 1, , 23, Running
16) 24, Sage Karam, No. 44 Market Rebellion Chevrolet, 46, , 6, , , , 26, Running
17) 2, Ross Chastain(i), No. 92 TicketSmarter Chevrolet, 46, , 7, 3, 14, , 0, Running
18) 38, Brandon Jones, No. 19 Menards/Oklahoma Joe's Toyota, 46, , , , , , 19, Running
19) 23, Parker Chase, No. 26 Bahnbrecker Toyota, 46, 8, , , , , 21, Running
20) 28, Brandon Brown, No. 68 TradeTheChain.com Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 17, Running
21) 33, Stefan Parsons, No. 99 SOKAL Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 16, Running
22) 30, Patrick Gallagher, No. 28 Belle Haven Ford, 46, , , , , , 15, Running
23) 20, Jeb Burton, No. 27 Jon Wayne Service Company Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 14, Running
24) 26, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Straitline Nitro Chevrolet, 46, 9, , , , , 15, Running
25) 19, Daniel Hemric, No. 11 AG1 - Athletic Greens Chevrolet, 46, 3, , , , , 20, Running
26) 22, Riley Herbst, No. 98 Monster Energy Ford, 46, , 5, , , , 17, Running
27) 25, Josh Berry, No. 8 PUBG Mobile Chevrolet, 46, , 4, , , , 17, Running
28) 15, Bubba Wallace(i), No. 18 Dr. Pepper Toyota, 46, , , , , , 0, Running
29) 36, JJ Yeley, No. 66 Remote Health Solutions Toyota, 46, , , , , , 8, Running
30) 34, Ryan Vargas, No. 6 Twin Liquors Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 7, Running
31) 14, Landon Cassill, No. 10 USIO Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 6, Running
32) 32, Scott Heckert, No. 5 Malco Chevrolet, 46, , 10, , , , 6, Running
33) 9, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, 46, 5, 3, 1, 1, , 18, Running
34) 31, Joe Graf Jr, No. 08 G Coin Ford, 46, , , , , , 3, Running
35) 27, Josh Bilicki, No. 45 The Boss/Lemons of Love Chevrolet, 46, , , , , , 2, Running
36) 5, Alex Labbe, No. 36 Can-Am Chevrolet, 41, 2, , , , , 10, Rear Gear
37) 37, Will Rodgers, No. 38 Kelly Benefits Toyota, 34, , , , , , 1, Running
38) 29, Bayley Currey, No. 4 Chasco Constructors Chevrolet, 13, , , , , , 1, Engine
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (No. ) Rookie

Length: 46 Laps, 156.86 Miles
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 13 Mins, 14 Secs.
Average Speed: 70.64 MPH
Margin of Victory: 2.039 Seconds

Stage 1 Top 10: 16, 36, 11, 35, 7, 91, 48, 26, 51, 54
Stage 2 Top 10: 1, 48, 7, 8, 98, 44, 92, 16, 9, 5

Comments: AJ Allmendinger has won the Pit Boss 250 at the Circuit of The Americas, his 11th career victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Prior to the start, the following vehicle(s) dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reason(s) indicated: Nos: 02, 10, 19, 38, 39, 45, 66, 68 (unapproved adjustments). The 38 also missed driver introductions.

Failed to Qualify: (4) 47 Brennan Poole, 52 Gar Robinson, 78 Josh Williams, 34 Jesse Iwuji #.

Caution Flags: 4 for 8 laps;
Laps: 16-17 (Possible fluid on the track at Turn 12 [None]);
32-32 (Conclusion of Stage 2 [None]);
34-35 (Debris in Turn 9 [38]);
38-40 (Debris on the backstretch [38]).

Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers;
R. Chastain(i) 1-3;
A. Allmendinger 4-16;
T. Gibbs 17;
R. Chastain(i) 18-27;
S. Mayer 28-30;
J. Allgaier 31;
R. Chastain(i) 32;
A. Allmendinger 33-46.

Mobil 1 Driver of the Race:  AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race:  Austin Hill, No. 21 

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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