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Austin Cindric wins at Road America

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Austin Cindric outran AJ Allmendinger in a two-lap dash to claim the win Saturday in the Xfinity Series race at Road America.

The Team Penske driver captured his fourth Xfinity Series win in the last five races, leading 19 of 45 laps around the road course.

Cindric is the 11th different winner in 11 Xfinity races at Road America. He’s won three of the last six road course races.

The top five was completed by Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala and Andy Lally, who made his first Xfinity start since 2018.

More: Click here for race results and points

The final shootout was set up by a wreck on a restart with four laps left in the race. The wreck occurred between Turns 1 and 2 and included Justin Allgaier, Myatt Snider, Jeremy Clements and Jeffrey Earnhardt.

The race was stopped for 1 hour and 33 minutes for a weather delay near the end of the first stage.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Haley won the stage in a one-lap shootout.

STAGE 2 WINNER: AJ Allmendinger won under caution.

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Kaz Grala earned his fourth top five in 29 Xfinity start … Preston Pardus finished eighth. He has two top 10s in four career starts.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE:  Daniel Hemric finished 35th after his engine expired on Lap 7 … Jesse Little finished 33rd after he got stuck in a Turn 2 sand trap with four laps left in the second stage. Safety officials were unable to remove his car in time to finish the stage under green.

WHAT’S NEXT: Race on the Daytona road course, 3 p.m. ET Aug. 15 on NBCSN.

Brandon Jones gets Xfinity win in overtime with last-lap pass

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Brandon Jones won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway in an overtime finish with a last-lap pass of Austin Cindric.

There were two attempts at an overtime finish. On the last attempt, Jones restarted seventh.

Jones snapped Cindric’s three race win streak and claimed his second victory of year. Cindric had dominated the race, leading 131 of 175 laps and sweeping the first two stages.

The top five was completed by Cindric, Harrison Burton, Ryan Sieg and Ross Chastain.

More: Race results, point standings

“We’re never out of this thing, that’s what I love about these guys,” Jones told NBCSN. “We keep our head in the game, we don’t get excited during these races. We continue to make changes. My feedback I think was pretty good. It’s been a long two days, I feel exhausted and obviously the heat is big here. Looking forward to celebrating with these guys and it feels great to be back in victory lane.”

Jones competed in three of the weekend’s NASCAR races at Kansas, including the Truck Series doubleheader.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s victory followed a seventh-place finish at Texas. Before that he had failed to finish four consecutive races.

“This just shows that we’ve still been running good,” Jones said. “Every time we haven’t finished a race or something has happened, we’ve been taken out or we’ve had mechanical failure. Just goes to show the speed.”

Burton had taken the lead with 10 laps to go in the scheduled distance after Cindric slapped the wall exiting Turn 2.

But the caution came out four laps later when Joe Graf Jr. got into the wall exiting Turn 4.

The leaders pit and Sieg stayed out. Cindric was first off pit road, beating Burton and Chastain.

Sieg kept the lead until the caution came out for a Jesse Little spin in Turn 2, forcing the second restart attempt.

STAGE 1: Austin Cindric

STAGE 2: Austin Cindric

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Ryan Sieg’s move to stay out of the pits in overtime led to his third top-five finish of the season, a career-best … Kaz Grala finished 13th in his first NASCAR start since last year.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Myatt Snider finished 22nd. He started the race in the garage due to a fuel pressure problem. … Noah Gragson was never in contention and finished 15th, one lap down. His last pit stop was marred by him nearly leaving pit road with equipment still attached to his car … Chase Briscoe 14th after he got into the wall on the final overtime restart.

WHAT’S NEXT: Xfinity race at Road America Noon ET Aug. 8 on NBCSN.

Xfinity Series playoff grid after Texas

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For the third straight race the Xfinity Series saw Austin Cindric claim a victory, this time after Kyle Busch’s car failed post-race inspection Saturday in Texas.

Cindric’s win meant no other driver locked themselves into the 12-driver playoff grid with eight races left in the regular season.

Going into Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN), the last driver among the top 12 on the playoff grid is Brandon Brown.

The independent driver is 31 points above the cutline after his 10th-place finish in Texas. That’s an increase of 17 points from last week after the Kentucky doubleheader.

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Jeremy Clements (-31 points from cutline), Myatt Snider (-38), Jesse Little (-51) and Alex Labbe (-63 points).

Xfinity playoff grid after Kentucky doubleheader

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The Xfinity Series went to Kentucky Speedway for a doubleheader and Austin Cindric left the track with two wins and a spot in the playoffs.

Cindric, who claimed the first oval track NASCAR wins of his career, is now third on the playoff grid among the six drivers locked into the postseason. He has 15 playoff points.

Noah Gragson, who is second on the grid, won three of four stages in Kentucky and has 18 playoff points.

Six spots remain to be filled on the playoff grid. The last two drivers currently in the top 12 are Ryan Sieg (+57 points above cutline) and Brandon Brown (+14).

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Myatt Snider (-14 points from cutline), Jeremy Clements (-30), Alex Labbe (-42) and Jesse Little (-47).

Friday’s Xfinity race at Kentucky: Start time, forecast and more

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Time for Part II of the Xfinity Series doubleheader at Kentucky Speedway.

Xfinity teams return to the 1.5-mile speedway tonight for the Alsco 300.

The top-15 finishers from Thursday night’s race have been inverted, resulting in Myatt Snider starting on the pole for tonight’s race. Jesse Little will start second.

Here’s all the info you need for the race.

(All times are Eastern)

START: The command to start engines will be at 8:05 p.m by Tyler Reddick. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 8:14 p.m.

PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 10:30 a.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments are at 6 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 7:50 p.m. The invocation will be given at 7:57 p.m by Larry Campbell of Kentucky Raceway Ministries. The national anthem will be performed at 7:58 p.m. by Felita LaRock, former lead vocalist, United States Air Force Band of Flight.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile speedway.

PACE LAPS: At the direction of race control, the entire field will go down pit road during a pace lap for pit road speed verification. If a driver stops in the pit box for any reason, pull over or slow down, they will start at the rear of the field.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 45. Stage 2 ends on Lap 90.

COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 20

TV/RADIO: FS1 will televise the race. Its coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. Performance Racing Network’s coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. and also can be heard at goprn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for mostly clear skies, a high of 81 degrees and a 2% of rain predicted at the start of the race.

LAST RACE: Austin Cindric beat Riley Herbst in overtime to win Thursday night’s Kentucky race.

TO THE REAR: Daniel Hemric (driver change for No. 8 car), Justin Allgaier (backup car), Colby Howard (backup), Brandon Jones (backup), Kody Vanderwal (backup), Timmy Hill (backup), Brandon Brown (backup), Ronnie Bassett Jr. (backup), Tommy Joe Martins (unapproved adjustments)

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the lineup