The Latest: Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America (all times local):
Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America, pulling away over the final five laps to pick up his second victory in three weeks.
Allgaier held a 5.4-second advantage over second-place Matt Tifft to take a tense, caution-filled race filled with lots of bumps, scrapes and spin-outs around the 14-turn course. Daniel Hemric was third.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott finished 20th after coming out of retirement to take his first ride Xfinity ride around Road America. The 62-year-old Elliott started 23rd, then climbed up to 17th before spinning out and falling back.
The old-school driver would have loved the racing at the front of the field.
With three laps to go, second-place James Davison and third-place Justin Marks were jockeying for position trying desperately to catch Allgaier when their cars spun out around a tight left turn.
Tifft blew past Davison and Marks. But no one could catch Allgaier, who started 11th and was second to points leader Christopher Bell coming into the weekend.
Allgaier picked up another win on a road course following a victory two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. Allgier picked up his fourth victory overall this season.
It was an entertaining race for NASCAR during an off week for the top-level Cup circuit.
Most of the attention coming into the race fell on Road America rookies like Elliott. British racer Katherine Legge, who was driving in her second NASCAR race, finished 14th.
IndyCar driver Conor Daly, who was making his NASCAR debut, finished 31st.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott is driving around with a banged-up car at Road America.
The nose and hood were apparently damaged after a restart early in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the 14-turn road course.
The 62-year-old Elliott came out of retirement to run his first race at Road America. He is in 12th place going into the race’s third stage after starting 23rd.
Pole-sitter Matt Tifft has the lead with 15 laps to go in the 45-lap race. Tifft won Stage 1, while Daniel Hemric took the second stage.
Conor Daly’s No. 6 Ford got a new color scheme at the last minute at Road America.
The Roush Fenway Racing driver is behind the wheel of a relatively simple black and green car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race in rural Wisconsin. He was initially supposed to drive a car painted bright red and white that was sponsored by Lilly Diabetes.
The change was made after Lilly dropped its sponsorship on Friday.
It was an unexpected distraction for Daly’s debut weekend in NASCAR. The IndyCar driver is in 15th place after the first stage, 10 laps into the 45-lap race, after starting in 17th.
Pole-sitter Matt Tifft is the Stage 1 winner. The race has already been slowed by two caution flags for a spin-outs on the 14-turn course.
The green flag is out for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America.
Pole-sitter Matt Tifft has the lead after the first lap. Cole Custer started second while James Davison started third.
Hall of Famer Bill Elliott started in 23rd place after coming out of retirement. The 62-year-old Elliott will have his son, Cup driver Chase Elliott, spotting for him on the Wisconsin road course.
The Xfinity race takes top billing this weekend in NASCAR with an off week on the Cup circuit.
Matt Tifft will start from the pole for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America after posting a top qualifying speed of 109.307 mph.
Tifft picked up his first pole of the season driving the No. 2 Ford Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing around the 4-mile-long, 14-turn road course. Tifft led on the next-to-last lap in last year’s race before spinning out and falling to third. Cole Custer will start second while James Davison will start third.
NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will start in 23rd place after coming out of retirement. The 62-year-old Elliott will have his son, Cup driver Chase Elliott, spotting for him Saturday.
Defending race winner Jeremy Clements will start 14th while IndyCar driver Conor Daly will start in 15th in his NASCAR debut.
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