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NASCAR XFINITY Darlington

Allgaier leads JR Motorsports 1-2 in Darlington Xfinity race

Justin Allgaier snagged his first win of the 2022 NASCAR Xfinity Series season at Darlington Raceway on Saturday.

Race winner Justin Allgaier, JR Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro

It was Allgaier's 17th career NXS victory and his second at the iconic South Carolina race track. But it was far from easy.

After battery issues before the green flag, the team scrambled to replace it before the race began. He then had to start at the rear of the field, but was able to quickly charge to the front.

The race ended in a two-lap sprint where Allgaier, on fresher tires, was able to overtake AJ Allmendinger for the race win.

 

There were nine cautions during the event, including two stage breaks. Six different drivers led at least a lap and there were 13 lead changes.

Noah Gragson, Riley Herbst, John Hunter Nemechek and Sam Mayer rounded out the top-five. Landon Cassill, Brandon Jones, Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric, and Austin Hill filled out the rest of the top-ten.

Cla # Driver Manufacturer Laps Time Gap Interval Laps Led
1 7 United States Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 147 1:51'58.823     76
2 9 United States Noah Gragson Chevrolet 147 1:51'59.082 0.259 0.259 45
3 98 United States Riley Herbst Ford 147 1:51'59.600 0.777 0.518  
4 26 United States John Hunter Nemechek Toyota 147 1:51'59.969 1.146 0.369  
5 1 Sam Mayer Chevrolet 147 1:52'01.798 2.975 1.829  
6 10 United States Landon Cassill Chevrolet 147 1:52'01.877 3.054 0.079  
7 19 United States Brandon Jones Toyota 147 1:52'01.981 3.158 0.104  
8 16 United States A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 147 1:52'02.345 3.522 0.364 5
9 11 United States Daniel Hemric Chevrolet 147 1:52'02.434 3.611 0.089  
10 21 United States Austin Hill Chevrolet 147 1:52'02.523 3.700 0.089  
11 39 United States Ryan Sieg Ford 147 1:52'02.915 4.092 0.392  
12 34 United States Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet 147 1:52'03.092 4.269 0.177  
13 02 United States Brett Moffitt Chevrolet 147 1:52'03.138 4.315 0.046  
14 27 United States Jeb Burton Chevrolet 147 1:52'03.765 4.942 0.627  
15 23 Anthony Alfredo Chevrolet 147 1:52'03.767 4.944 0.002  
16 54 Ty Gibbs Toyota 147 1:52'04.060 5.237 0.293 18
17 45 United States Tommy Joe Martins Chevrolet 147 1:52'04.241 5.418 0.181  
18 8 Josh Berry Chevrolet 147 1:52'04.278 5.455 0.037  
19 36 Canada Alex Labbé Chevrolet 147 1:52'04.551 5.728 0.273  
20 99 United States Stefan Parsons Chevrolet 147 1:52'04.757 5.934 0.206  
21 6 United States Ryan Vargas Chevrolet 147 1:52'04.998 6.175 0.241  
22 91 Mason Massey Chevrolet 147 1:52'05.099 6.276 0.101  
23 4 United States Bayley Currey Chevrolet 147 1:52'05.424 6.601 0.325  
24 35 United States Patrick Emerling Toyota 147 1:52'05.425 6.602 0.001  
25 66 United States J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 147 1:52'06.235 7.412 0.810  
26 48 United States Tyler Reddick Chevrolet 147 1:52'06.236 7.413 0.001 2
27 08 United States David Starr Ford 147 1:52'06.887 8.064 0.651  
28 44 United States Josh Bilicki Chevrolet 147 1:52'07.264 8.441 0.377  
29 51 United States Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 147 1:52'07.265 8.442 0.001  
30 18 United States Ryan Truex Toyota 147 1:52'08.711 9.888 1.446  
31 5 United States Matt Mills Chevrolet 147 1:52'08.828 10.005 0.117 1
32 38 Kyle Sieg Ford 147 1:52'11.003 12.180 2.175  
33 13 United States Timmy Hill Toyota 147 1:52'11.004 12.181 0.001  
34 78 United States Josh Williams Chevrolet 144 1:52'14.329 3 Laps 3 Laps  
35 68 United States Brandon Brown Chevrolet 142 1:52'18.587 5 Laps 2 Laps  
36 07 Joe Jr. Ford 135 1:38'14.344 12 Laps 7 Laps  
37 31 United States Myatt Snider Chevrolet 73 51'22.167 74 Laps 62 Laps  
38 2 United States Sheldon Creed Chevrolet 16 12'53.318 131 Laps 57 Laps  

Stage 1

Gibbs led much of the early laps ahead of Gragson. Eventual race winner Allgaier rapidly fought his way through the field.

Timmy Hill brought out the first caution of the race, spinning off the nose of Bayley Currey. Reddick nearly lost a lap as his team was forced to repair some fender damage, but he managed to stay on the lead lap.

Dragon was able to snatch the lead from Gibbs on the restart, prevailing via the inside line. His time out front did not last long, however, as Gibbs reasserted his position at the front of the field.

Jeb Burton then slowed with an issue and spun trying to enter pit road, forcing another yellow.

The restart that followed was a replay of its predecessor as Gragson again prevailed from the inside line. Gibbs actually fell back to third for a time with Allmendinger making a brief challenge for the lead.

Gragson would win the stage ahead of Gibbs, Berry, Allgaier, and Herbst. Allmendinger fell back to sixth, followed by Sieg, Cassill, R. Truex, and Nemechek.

Stage 2

Allgaier, who made big gains in the opening stage, won the race off pit road and grabbed the race lead.

He remained in control after the restart, an impressive rally for the JR Motorsports driver after starting dead last. 

The next caution flew for Myatt Snider spinning down the track. Gragson continued to impress with his restart prowess, taking P1 from his teammate. Gibbs also found a way around Allgaier. 

Brandon Brown stalled on track, which caused the stage to end behind the pace car.

It was another stage win for Gragson. He led Gibbs, Allgaier, Nemechek, Reddick, Berry, Mayer, Allmendinger, R. Truex, and Herbst.

Stage 3

Allgaier’s pit road once again delivered him the race lead as he won the race off pit road for the second time during the race. He held on through the restart with just over 50 laps remaining in the event.

Gibbs began to drop further back as Nemechek powered around the outside of the JGR star.

With 27 laps to go, a debris caution reset the field for a sprint to the finish. The restart that followed was a game-changer as Josh Berry surged into the race lead.

Unfortunately, it was too good to be true. He was penalized by NASCAR for jumping the restart and had to come down pit road for a drive-through.

With 12 to go, a caution for Joe Graf Jr. put the field in a difficult position. Most chose to pit for fresh tires, but about eight drivers stayed out.

Reddick led the way, but lost the lead to Allmendinger on the restart with just seven laps to go. He then found the wall, forcing yet another caution.

Allgaier and Gragson had already found their way back into the top-five, leaving Allmendinger incredibly vulnerable on those older tires.

The race ended in a two-lap dash and Allgaier quickly jumped back into the lead. Gragson tried to close in, but he could not make up the ground needed to challenge his teammate.

At the back-end of the top-ten, Truex and Clements collided, crashing just before the finish line. 

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