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How AJ Allmendinger and Grant Finallyger made it big in Indianapolis

AJ Allmendinger continues to make road courses his personal playground on the Xfinity Series. His easy victory Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway indoor circuit was his third NASCAR road victory in three races this year; In total, eight of his 13 career Xfinity victories have been on road courses.

This one was something of a rout.

Drive a Chevy for Kaulig Racing, the former minivan star led three times for 42 of 62 laps (including the last 18) in the Pennzoil 151. He won by more than two seconds over Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain and Chase Briscoe. The back 5 in the 62-lap, 151-mile race on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn track were Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill and Noah Gragson.

Allmendinger’s dominance left only 20 laps for the rest of the field. Gragson led six laps, Josh Berry five, Bowman and Allgaier four each and Gibbs one. These six riders exchanged the lead eight times, but there was no doubt that Allmendinger was class in the field. Bowman was quicker on the long runs, but Allmendinger had built up a significant cushion that Bowman couldn’t overcome.

The victory extends Allmendinger’s impressive performance this year. He opened the season with 12 consecutive top-10 finishes and added five more in the last eight races. Among them were road victories at COTA and Portland International. He takes a 17-point lead over Allgaier and a 30-point lead over Gibbs in next weekend’s New Holland 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan Speedway.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

19th Annual Pennzoil 150 at The Brickyard

Results

1. (1) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 62 years old.

2. (4) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 62 years old.

3. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevy, 62.

4. (18) Ross Chastain(i), Chevy, 62.

5. (6) Chase Briscoe(i), Ford, 62.

6. (3) Riley Herbst, Ford, 62.

7. (5) Sam Mayer, Chevy, 62.

8. (2) Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 62.

9. (9) Austin Hill #, Chevy, 62.

10. (7) Noah Gragson, Chevy, 62.

11. (11) Landon Cassill, Chevy, 62.

12. (14) Alex Labbé, Chevrolet, 62 years old.

13. (12) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 62 years old.

14. (8) Josh Berry, Chevy, 62.

15. (36) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 62.

16. (17) Brett Moffitt, Chevy, 62.

17. (30) Santino Ferrucci, Toyota, 62 years old.

18. (26) Anthony Alfredo, Chevy, 62.

19. (29) Jeremy Clements, Chevy, 62.

20. (27) Ty Dillon(i), Chevy, 62.

21. (34) Bayley Currey, Chevy, 62.

22. (16) Daniel Hemric, Chevy, 62.

23. (15) Sheldon Creed #, Chevy, 62.

24. (19) Miguel Paludo, Chevy, 62.

25. (22) Andy Lally, Ford, 62 years old.

26. (20) Austin Dillon(i), Chevy, 62.

27. (31) Ryan Sieg, Ford, 62.

28. (35) Patrick Gallagher, Ford, 62.

29. (23) Preston Pardus, Chevy, 62.

30. (28) Kyle Weatherman, Chevy, 62.

31. (32) Scott Heckert, Chevy, 62.

32. (24) Kaz Grala(i), Chevy, 61.

33. (25) Myatt Snider, Chevy, 61.

34. (38) Brandon Brown, Chevy, Suspension, 58.

35. (13) Bubba Wallace(i), Toyota, Motor, 28.

36. (33) Ryan Ellis, Chevy, Crash, 17.

37. (37) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, Crash, 11.

38. (21) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, track bar, 0.

Average speed of the winner of the race: 77.825 mph.

Race time: 1 hr, 56 min, 35 sec. Margin of victory: 2.084 seconds.

Warning flags: 4 for 11 rounds.

Lead Changes: 8 pilots out of 6.

Round leaders: A. Allmendinger 1-15;T. Gibbs 16;N. Gragson 17-22;A. Bowman(i) 23-24;J. Allgaier 25-28;A. Allmendinger 29-37;J. Bay 38-42;A. Bowman(i) 43-44;A. Allmendinger 45-62.

Summary of the leaders (driver, lap times in the lead, laps in the lead): AJ Allmendinger 3 times for 42 laps; Noah Gragson 1 time for 6 rounds; Josh Berry 1 time for 5 rounds; Justin Allgaier 1 time for 4 rounds; Alex Bowman(i) 2 times for 4 laps; Ty Gibbs 1 time for 1 round.

Top 10 of stage #1: 9,31,17,7,98,54,8,2,16,1

Top 10 of stage #2: 8,36,48,45,91,6,4,23,34,38

nascar camping world truck series tsport 200

Grant Finallyger greets some fans after his win on Friday.

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Finger advances in truck playoffs

The Camping World Truck Series opened its Playoff series Friday night with a 207-lap race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The TSport 200 was scheduled for 200 laps, but was extended to 207 by overtime.

Grant Finallyger survived the wild overtime to beat defending series champion Ben Rhodes, Zack Smith, Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, Tyler Ankrum, Layne Riggs, Ty Majeski, Matt Crafton and poleman John Hunter Nemechek.

Nemechek (75 laps), Majeski (71) and Carson Hocevar (34) led most of the night, three of six leaders who traded leads 12 times. But even though Finallyger only led four times for 13 laps, he came in late to lead the final two to win by half a second. The race was exceptionally sloppy, with 10 cautions for 78 of the 207 laps.

The trucks will depart next weekend before heading to Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Saturday night, August 13. Zane Smith is 14 points ahead of Rhodes in the standings, with Dernierger and Friesen by 22 points.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing

Inaugural TSport 200

Results

1. (5) Grant Finallyger (P), Chevrolet, 207.

2. (9) Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, 207.

3. (21) Zane Smith (P), Ford, 207.

4. (8) Stewart Friesen (P), Toyota, 207.

5. (4) Corey Heim # (P), Toyota, 207.

6. (11) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 207.

7. (23) Layne Riggs, Toyota, 207.

8. (6) Ty Majeski (P), Toyota, 207.

9. (16) Matt Crafton (P), Toyota, 207.

10. (1) John Hunter Nemechek (P), Toyota, 207.

11. (18) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevy, 207.

12. (15) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 207.

13. (17) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 207.

14. (10) Derek Kraus, Chevy, 207.

15. (36) Jesse Little, Chevy, 207.

16. (3) Christian Eckes (P), Toyota, 207.

17. (31) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 207.

18. (2) Chandler Smith (P), Toyota, 207.

19. (20) Austin Wayne Self, Chevy, 207.

20. (27) Kaz Grala, Chevy, 207.

21. (7) Carson Hocevar (P), Chevy, 207.

22. (13) Taylor Gray (P), Ford, 207.

23. (14) Tanner Gray, Ford, 207.

24. (34) Chris Hacker, Toyota, 207.

25. (19) Jack Wood#, Chevy, 207.

26. (26) Blaine Perkins#, Chevy, 207.

27. (33) Chase Purdy, Toyota, 206.

28. (24) Jake Garcia, Chevy, 206.

29. (25) Dean Thompson #, Chevy, 204.

30. (30) Chad Chastain, Chevrolet, 204.

31. (28) Kris Wright, Chevy, 204.

32. (12) Colby Howard, Chevy, Crash, 190.

33. (35) Josh Reaume, Toyota, too slow, 153.

34. (22) Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, Accident, 147.

35. (32) Blake Lothian, Chevrolet, driveshaft, 72.

36. (29) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, Crash, 9.

Average speed of the winner of the race: 69.961 mph.

Race time: 2 hours, 1 minute, 47 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.477 seconds.

Warning flags: 10 for 78 rpm.

Lead Changes: 12 pilots out of 6.

Round leaders: J. Nemechek (P) 1-64;C. Smith (P) 65-70;C. Hocevar (P) 71-104;G. Finallyger (P) 105-109;C. Smith (P) 110-116;T. Majeski (P) 117-157;G. Finallyger (P) 158;T. Majeski (P) 159-188;G. Finallyger (P) 189-193;J. Nemechek (P) 194-197;T. Gray (P) 198;J. Nemechek (P) 199-205;G. Finallyger (P) 206-207.

Summary of the leaders (driver, lap times in the lead, laps in the lead): John Hunter Nemechek (P) 3 times for 75 laps; Ty Majeski (P) 2 times for 71 laps; Carson Hocevar (P) 1 time for 34 laps; Chandler Smith (P) 2 times for 13 laps; Grant Finallyger (P) 4 times for 13 laps; Taylor Gray (P) 1 time for 1 round.

Top 10 of stage #1: 4,18,42,52,23,99,51,66,38,98

Top 10 of stage #2: 66,23,99,42,38,51,52,18,16,91

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