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Jeremy Clements led the final two laps to win the Johnsonville 180 at Road America for his first Xfinity Series win in 256 starts.

Clements won after an accident with race leader Matt Tifft coming to the white flag.

Completing the top five were Michael Annett, Tifft, Justin Marks and Brendan Gaughan.

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Jeremy Clements scores first career Xfinity win at Road America

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Jeremy Clements won the first Xfinity Series race of his career after an accident with race leader Matt Tifft coming to the white flag of the Johnsonville 180 at Road America.

Clements, 32, earned the win in his 256th start in the series.

Clements took the lead after he made contact with Tifft in the final turn of the road course, causing both to spin. Both drivers recovered, but Clements was quicker, taking the white flag first in his No. 51 Chevrolet.

Michael Annett, who was running in third, was too far back to take the lead. He managed to finish second ahead of Tifft.

Clements is the fifth driver to qualify for the Xfinity playoffs.

“I don’t even know what to say, I’m just shocked,” Clements told NBC. “This is a car built in 2008. Everything we’ve got is old and used. I just can’t believe it. I’m just, is this real? … It’s a total team effort. I’m just so happy. It’s pretty neat to win at Road America. It’s one of my favorite road courses. I want to say sorry to Matt Tifft. I definitely didn’t mean to spin him out there. I got in hot there and he kind of came down and I was there. We collided.

“I’m just so shocked.”

Jeremy Clements Racing is an independent, family owned team that was started in 2010. His father, Tony Clements, is the owner.

“My gosh, it’s crazy,” Jeremy Clements said. “Our budget a year is a fraction of a big teams’. This is just a dream come true. I want to drive for a big team, but it hasn’t been the way it’s gone. I try to keep doing this, to keep my name out here getting as much experience as I can in case I do get the call. To any big team guys. Look at me. Let’s go.”

MORE: Xfinity Series Spotlight: Jeremy Clements

Tifft, 21, had led six laps before the accident. He was searching for his first Xfinity win and the first for Joe Gibbs Racing at Road America.

“Obviously, no matter what it’s tough,” Tifft told NBC. “I wish we could have raced it out till the last lap. We were struggling on old tires. I don’t know if he had fresher tires there. He had a lot of speed there at the end. … It’s tough to come that close. But we’ll keep knocking on the door, it’s all we can do.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: James Davison

STAGE 2 WINNER: Daniel Hemric

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MORE: Point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Michael Annett finished second for his career-best finish in the Xfinity Series in 186 starts. His previous best was third in July 2012 at Daytona and at Dover in Sept. 2012.  … Brendan Gaughan finished fifth for his second top five of the year … Casey Mears finished ninth in his first start at Road America … NBCSN analyst Parker Kligerman finished 10th.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Ryan Reed was involved in multiple accidents, going off course more than once and continuing on. He finished 35th … On the last lap of Stage 2, Ross Chastain turned Justin Marks, who collided with James Davison. Davison then made contact with and spun Austin Cindric when he came back on track in Turn 6. Davison’s day ended in the garage with a cracked radiator. He finished 37th … Daniel Hemric won Stage 2 but finished 15th after he was caught speeding during a Lap 28 pit stop.

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Xfinity qualifying at Road America canceled due to weather; Austin Cindric on pole

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NASCAR has canceled qualifying for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America due to the odd situation of there not being enough rain. The starting lineup for the Xfinity Series race will be set by owner points.

That gives Team Penske driver Austin Cindric the pole in his first start in the series. Joe Gibbs Racing’s James Davison will start second.

The field was going to be established by a single 25-minute session with teams using rain tires. The session was set to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET, but NASCAR went into a holding pattern waiting for rain to cover more of the track. It called off qualifying just before 12:30 p.m.

The starting top 10 for the race is Cindric, Davison, Elliott Sadler, Christopher Bell, Justin Marks, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Ben Kennedy, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Brennan Poole.

Coverage of the Johnsonville 180 begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBC.

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James Davison fastest in final Xfinity practice at Road America

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It would appear that Australian driver James Davison is getting the hang of NASCAR racing — at least on road courses, that is — pretty quick.

Davison was fastest in Saturday’s final Xfinity Series practice at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, recording a top speed of 108.691 mph in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry.

Davison, who turns 31 years old on Tuesday, will compete in only his third NASCAR Xfinity race in Sunday’s Johnsonville 180. In his two previous Xfinity career starts, he finished 19th at Road America last year and was fourth two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

MORE: NASCAR fits Indy 500 veteran James Davison ‘like a glove’

Sunday’s race is the second of two Davison was scheduled to compete in this year. He’s also a veteran of the Indianapolis 500 and sports car racing in other series.

Justin Marks, who was fastest in the first practice earlier Saturday, was second in the final practice (108.614 mph), followed by Austin Cindric (108.402), Cole Custer (108.235), Brennan Poole (107.887), Ryan Reed (107.771), Justin Allgaier (107.703), Daniel Hemric (107.519), Casey Mears (107.490) and Ben Kennedy (107.480).

The scheduled 55-minute practice session ended about five minutes early when the red flag came out for a full course stoppage when 24-year-old Elkhart Lake native Nicolas Hammann spun into and got mired in a sand trap coming off Turn 3.

Qualifying takes place Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. ET, with the race slated to take the green flag at approximately 3:14 p.m. ET. The race will be televised live on NBC.

Click here for the final Xfinity practice results.

Also, check out Davison’s neat tweet heading into this weekend:


Justin Marks is fastest in first of two Xfinity Series practices at Road America

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Justin Marks claimed the fastest speed in the first of two Xfinity Series practice sessions Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Marks covered the 4.048, 14-turn road course with a top speed of 107.923 mph.

Brennan Poole was second (107.846 mph), followed by Austin Cindric (107.479), Justin Allgaier (107.312) and Brendan Gaughan (107.266).

Sixth through 10th were Blake Koch (107.092), Matt Tifft (107.048), Cole Custer (106.899), Dylan Lupton (106.781) and Jeremy Clements (106.599).

Christopher Bell, driving the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, suffered transmission failure, prompting his team to replace it. He managed just one lap of practice before he took the car to the garage.

Bell is expected to be ready for today’s second practice at 4 to 4:55 p.m. ET.

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