Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity Series thriller at Indianapolis

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Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity Series thriller at Indianapolis
By: Tim Southers
Sep 10, 2018, 5:03 PM

Justin Allgaier held back JR Motorsports teammate Tyler Reddick at the finish to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Allgaier held off Reddick at the line by 0.092 seconds with the top five finishers all within a second of the leader. It was Allgaier's fifth NXS win of the 2018 season and his first the famed circuit.

Allgaier passed Chase Elliott on the final restart of the race on Lap 84 and never looked back, winning after leading a race-high 41 laps in the event.

Ryan Blaney followed Reddick in third with Elliott fourth and Hemric fifth.

Allgaier was strong throughout the entire race, leading a majority of the first stage and remaining in the lead pack for most of the 100-lapper.

The top six cars snaked around in a single pack for final 15 laps after the race was stopped for nearly 10 minutes to repair a tire barrier struck by Ryan Preece in the final caution of the race. 

“I used to come here and stand in the grandstands and watch the Brickyard 400 and this one is for my dad,” said Allgaier. “He used to drive me up here to Brickyard Crossing every Wednesday night to help me become the best driver I could be ... this is awesome.”

Matt Tifft was sixth with Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe and Brand Jones completing the top ten.

Stage 1

Allgaier led the way early in an action-packed first stage. Allgaier was fast from the start, taking the lead from pole-sitter Blaney on the opening lap and leading the majority of the stage. Blaney fell back to ninth, struggling on the bottom of the track.

Since the teams got no practice or qualifying for the cars and rain drenched the track throughout the weekend, a competition caution was given to the field on Lap 10.

Custer and Ty Dillon opted to pit for tires prior to the caution, giving the duo track position on the following restart on Lap 14. Allgaier and Dillon swapped the lead twice with Allgaier retaking control on Lap 18.

The stage was slowed three times due to cautions with Dillon and Elliott Sadler bringing out the final caution. On Lap 22, Dillon spun sideways while in the middle of a three-wide situation entering Turn 3, collecting Sadler while they were running fifth and seventh, respectively. Spencer Boyd and Austin Cindric both suffered significant front-end damage in the incident when they were forced to drive through the wet grass.

Brandon Hightower also spun and brought out the second caution of the race on Lap 19.

The stage ended with a one-lap shootout and in a sign of things to come, John Hunter Nemechek edged Preece to win Stage 1 in a four-wide photo finish with Allgaier and Cole Custer. The top four cars were separated by just 0.036 seconds at the line.

Tifft was fifth with Elliott, Jones, Reddick, Hemric and Austin Dillon rounding out the top-ten.

Stage 2

Tifft led the field to green to start Stage 2, but his lead didn’t last long as Reddick took the lead on Lap 36 in a wild restart that shuffled Tifft back to sixth-place after making contact with Christopher Bell in Turn 4.

The top four broke away as Tifft led the second pack for the majority of the stage.

Hemric charged to the front and passed Reddick for the lead on Lap 38 and led a four-car breakaway with Hemric ahead of Austin Dillon, Reddick and Bell.

Hemric and teammate Dillon stayed in line and were able to build a 1.5-second lead over third-place Bell by Lap 52.

Most of the lead pack decided to pit under green on Lap 57 ahead of the end of Stage 2 in an effort to gain track position for the final stage. However, Hemric stayed out to claim the stage win and score a playoff point.

Bell finished ahead of Allgaier in a photo finish for second-place with Custer and Ryan Preece completing the top five.

Jones, Ryan Truex, Nemechek, Ross Chastain and Ryan Sieg rounded out the top ten.

Cla # Driver 4506 Laps Time Laps Led
1 7 United States Justin Allgaier  Chevrolet 100   41
2 9 United States Tyler Reddick  Chevrolet 100 0.092 3
3 22 United States Ryan Blaney  Ford 100 0.308 1
4 23 United States Chase Elliott  Chevrolet 100 0.637 13
5 21 United States Daniel Hemric  Chevrolet 100 0.971 25
6 2 United States Matt Tifft  Chevrolet 100 1.302 8
7 20 United States Christopher Bell  Toyota 100 3.573  
8 10 United States Austin Dillon  Chevrolet 100 11.152 3
9 60 United States Chase Briscoe  Ford 100 12.157  
10 19 United States Brandon Jones  Toyota 100 13.165  
11 16 United States Ryan Reed  Ford 100 13.269  
12 4 United States Ross Chastain  Chevrolet 100 14.538  
13 39 United States Ryan Sieg  Chevrolet 100 17.180  
14 51 United States Jeremy Clements  Chevrolet 100 17.397  
15 35 United States Joey Gase  Chevrolet 100 30.843  
16 15 United States B.J. McLeod  Chevrolet 100 31.828  
17 01 United States Vinnie Miller  Chevrolet 99 1 lap  
18 52 United States David Starr  Chevrolet 99 1 lap  
19 36 Canada Alex Labbé  Chevrolet 98 2 laps  
20   United States Garrett Smithley  Chevrolet 98 2 laps  
21 40 United States Chad Finchum  Toyota 98 2 laps  
22 11 United States Ryan Truex  Chevrolet 97 3 laps  
23 8 United States Caesar Bacarella  Chevrolet 93 7 laps  
24 90 United States Josh Williams  Chevrolet 92 8 laps  
25 42 United States John Hunter Nemechek  Chevrolet 90 10 laps 2
26 74 United States Mike Harmon  Chevrolet 85 15 laps  
27 78 United States Tommy Joe Martins  Chevrolet 83 17 laps  
28 18 United States Ryan Preece  Toyota 78 22 laps  
29 00 United States Cole Custer  Ford 71 29 laps  
30 38 United States J.J. Yeley  Chevrolet 67 33 laps 1
31 5 United States Michael Annett  Chevrolet 51 49 laps  
32 89 United States Morgan Shepherd  Chevrolet 34 66 laps  
33 3 United States Ty Dillon  Chevrolet 34 66 laps 4
34 12 United States Austin Cindric  Ford 24 76 laps  
35 1 United States Elliott Sadler  Chevrolet 22 78 laps  
36 76 United States Spencer Boyd  Chevrolet 22 78 laps  
37 66 United States Brandon Hightower  Dodge 20 80 laps  
38 45 United States Josh Bilicki  Toyota 19 81 laps  
39 55 Bayley Currey  Toyota 14 86 laps  
40 93 United States Jeff Green  Chevrolet 8 92 laps  
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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Event Indianapolis
Drivers Justin Allgaier
Teams JR Motorsports
Author Tim Southers
Article type Race report