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Allgaier Breaks Drought with Impressive NASCAR Xfinity Win at Darlington

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

The numbers tell the story of Justin Allgaier’s impressive victory in Saturday’s Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway.

First and foremost, in defending the NASCAR Xfinity Series victory he claimed last spring at the Lady in Black, Allgaier broke a 34-race drought dating to that 2021 win.

For the second straight race, JR Motorsports posted a 1-2 result, with Noah Gragson trailing Allgaier to the finish line by .259 seconds in a two-lap dash to the end of regulation.

JRM drivers now have won three straight races in the series and three straight at Darlington, with Gragson having triumphed at the 1.366-mile track last fall.

Beyond the numbers, though, the key element on Saturday was the flawless execution of Allgaier’s pit crew. After Allgaier finished third behind Gragson and Ty Gibbs in Stage 2, the crew got the No. 7 Chevrolet out first during a Lap 92 pit stop.

On the two stops that followed, Allgaier was first off pit road among the drivers who came in for service. When nine cars stayed out under caution for Joe Graf Jr.’s crash on Lap 136, Allgaier restarted 10th on Lap 141 and advanced to second before Tyler Reddick slammed the outside wall on Lap 142.

On the subsequent restart on Lap 146 of 147, Allgaier quickly grabbed the lead form AJ Allmendinger, who had 16-lap older tires, and held the top spot to the finish, as Gragson pursued.

“This team right here—the pit stops today were killing it,” said Allgaier, who had finished a close second to teammate Josh Berry a week ago at Dover. “They were awesome. This Hellman’s Camaro was so fast. Just a testament to the 7 guys, but everybody at JR Motorsports—they’ve been working so hard. It’s showing with our finishes, not just our 7 team, but all of us. 

“We’ve been doing this way too long, and you know how great it feels to get back to Victory Lane… And by the way, it was awesome racing my teammates. That was probably the coolest part, racing my teammates all day, so hats off to those guys.”

Gragson delivered his eighth top-five finish of the season, including victories at Phoenix and Talladega.

“A 1-2 finish for our company, that was great,” Gragson said. “We had great points today. Two stage wins and a second place. I wanted that win. I was ripping the top. I went on a bike ride this morning with Justin Allgaier, right at sunrise. He said, ‘Man, I’m going to run the bottom,’ and I knew he was going to run the bottom. 

“We ran at the fence all day. He got the win. Hopefully, we’re selling T-shirts out on the concourse for ripping the top. I don’t know if anyone was higher than us, and there’s barely scrape on the right side.”

Riley Herbst ran third, extending his string of top-10 finishes to five. Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner, John Hunter Nemechek, came home fourth, followed by JRM’s Sam Mayer.

Landon Cassill, Brandon Jones, Allmendinger, Austin Hill and Daniel Hemric completed the top 10. Allmendinger has finished in the top 10 in all 11 Xfinity Series races this season.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 3rd Annual Mahindra ROXOR 200

Darlington Raceway

Darlington, South Carolina

Saturday, May 7, 2022

               1. (3)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 147.

               2. (4)  Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 147.

               3. (8)  Riley Herbst, Ford, 147.

               4. (23)  John Hunter Nemechek(i), Toyota, 147.

               5. (7)  Sam Mayer, Chevrolet, 147.

               6. (13)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 147.

               7. (6)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 147.

               8. (5)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 147.

               9. (12)  Austin Hill #, Chevrolet, 147.

               10. (11)  Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 147.

               11. (9)  Ryan Sieg, Ford, 147.

               12. (31)  Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 147.

               13. (16)  Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 147.

               14. (15)  Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 147.

               15. (14)  Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, 147.

               16. (1)  Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 147.

               17. (36)  Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 147.

               18. (2)  Josh Berry, Chevrolet, 147.

               19. (18)  Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 147.

               20. (35)  Stefan Parsons, Chevrolet, 147.

               21. (24)  Ryan Vargas, Chevrolet, 147.

               22. (32)  Mason Massey, Chevrolet, 147.

               23. (30)  Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 147.

               24. (29)  Patrick Emerling, Chevrolet, 147.

               25. (20)  JJ Yeley, Ford, 147.

               26. (34)  Tyler Reddick(i), Chevrolet, 147.

               27. (27)  David Starr, Ford, 147.

               28. (37)  Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, 147.

               29. (22)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 147.

               30. (28)  Ryan Truex, Toyota, 147.

               31. (33)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 147.

               32. (26)  Kyle Sieg #, Ford, 147.

               33. (38)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 147.

               34. (25)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 144.

               35. (17)  Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 142.

               36. (21)  Joe Graf Jr., Ford, Accident, 135.

               37. (19)  Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, Accident, 73.

               38. (10)  Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, Engine, 16.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  107.589 mph.

Time of Race:  1 Hrs, 51 Mins, 59 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.259 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 33 laps.

Lead Changes:  13 among 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Gibbs 1-13;N. Gragson 14-17;T. Gibbs 18-22;N. Gragson 23-48;M. Mills 49;J. Allgaier 50-78;N. Gragson 79-91;J. Allgaier 92-121;N. Gragson 122;J. Allgaier 123-137;N. Gragson 138;T. Reddick(i) 139-140;A. Allmendinger 141-145;J. Allgaier 146-147.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Justin Allgaier 4 times for 76 laps; Noah Gragson 5 times for 45 laps; Ty Gibbs 2 times for 18 laps; AJ Allmendinger 1 time for 5 laps; Tyler Reddick(i) 1 time for 2 laps; Matt Mills 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 9,54,8,7,98,16,39,10,18,26

Stage #2 Top Ten: 9,54,7,26,48,8,1,16,18,98

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