Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity race in Indianapolis

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Justin Allgaier won Monday’s Xfinity Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, fending off a frenzy of challengers over the last 17 laps of the Lilly Diabetes 250.

Allgaier claimed the win over Tyler Reddick, Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric.

It is Allgaier’s career-best fifth win of the season and his third win in five races

Allgaier led 41 of the race’s 100 laps.

The race has been postponed from Saturday due to rain. Every practice session and qualifying had been rained out.

“I know this weekend didn’t go as planned,” Allgaier told NBCSN. “I used to come here all the time. I’d sit in the grandstands, watch the Indy 500. I sat for the first however many Brickyard 400s up there in Turn 1. That’s why I wanted to do a burnout down there. This one is for my dad. … Hats off to him.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: John Hunter Nemechek claimed the stage win in a four-wide finish over Ryan Preece, Justin Allgiaer and Cole Custer.

STAGE 2 WINNER: Daniel Hemric

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Tyler Reddick earned his fourth top five of the year and his best finish since winning the season opener at Daytona. He gave JR Motorsports its third 1-2 finish of the season … Ryan Blaney bounced back from two pit penalties to finish third … Chase Briscoe placed a career-best ninth.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Elliott Sadler and Austin Cindric were eliminated in multi-car wreck in Turn 3 on a Lap 23 restart that began when Ty Dillon spun while racing three-wide. Spencer Boyd, Christopher Bell and Ryan Reed were also involved … Cole Custer finished 29th after being eliminated in a wreck from contact with Brandon Jones on Lap 72 … Ryan Preece was eliminated in a very hard  crash on the ensuing restart.

WHAT’S NEXT: DC Solar 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday on NBCSN

 

Results, point standings after Truck playoff opener

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Justin Haley became the first driver to advance to the second round of the Truck Series playoffs after winning Sunday’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

He stole the win after Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland wrecked in the final corner.

Haley beat John Hunter Nemechek, Brett Moffitt (playoff driver), Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton (playoffs).

Where the rest of the playoff drivers placed:

Johnny Sauter (sixth), Stewart Friesen (seventh), Gragson (ninth), Ben Rhodes (14th), Grant Enfinger (17th).

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Points

With Haley’s win, the playoff field is now vying for five spots in the second round.

Here’s the point standings after Sunday’s race.

Sauter leads the way with a six-point advantage over Moffitt.

Gragson is third (-11) followed by Haley (-16), Crafton (-34), Friesen (-34), Rhodes (-35), Enfinger (-46).

Click here for the standings.

Justin Haley wins Truck Series playoff opener in overtime

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Justin Haley took advantage of a last turn incident involving teammates Todd Gilliland and Noah Gragson to win Sunday’s Truck Series playoff opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in overtime.

Haley took the lead coming to the checkered flag after Gragson, running in second, caught Gilliland and made contact as he tried to make the pass. The contact sent both trucks around.

Haley, one of the eight playoff drivers, claimed his second win of the season.

“That was amazing,” Haley told Fox Sports 1. “I knew going in there Gragson was probably going to do something not the smartest. That was going to line us up pretty good. … I saw it coming and I knew we were in the catbird’s seat.”

The top five was completed John Hunter Nemechek, Brett Moffitt, Timothy Peters and Matt Crafton.

Gragson, a playoff driver, finished ninth. Gilliland placed 11th.

Gilliland told FS1 he expected the contact from Gragson.

“Should never have let him get to me,” Gilliland said. “Should have just given him the inside, maybe let him wreck himself, I don’t know. He’s done that to me on like five or six road courses. It sucks. We had the fastest truck and we didn’t win again. I’m going to have to talk to him for sure.”

Gilliland, in his rookie year, added: “I’d go fight him right now, but I can’t. I just need to get my emotions in check and go talk to him. But I’m extremely mad.”

Gragson took the blame for the incident, saying “That one’s on me.”

“I wasn’t trying to take him out,” Gragson told FS1. “Was expecting him just to give me a little bit more room on the bottom. It just wasn’t there. Wasn’t meant to be.”

Gragson also said: “I apologize to Todd, I apologize to the 4 team, apologize to everyone at Kyle Busch Motorsports. We’re in the playoffs and I’m trying to get a win. I was squirting the throttle right there in-between (Turns) 9 and 10. … Just wasn’t quite there. Just unfortunate. That one’s on me.”

STAGE 1 WINNER: Noah Gragson

STAGE 2 WINNER: Noah Gragson

MORE: Race results, point standings

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Timothy Peters scored a top five in relief of Spencer Gallagher … Brett Moffitt placed third after starting the day in 17th. … Matt Crafton earned his first top five in four races … Austin Hill placed eight for his fourth top 10 of the year.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Austin Wayne Self brought out the final two cautions of the race for incidents. He finished 21st … Roger Reuse placed 27th after wrecking out on Lap 35.

NOTABLE: Jesse Iwuji placed 25th, two laps down in his series debut.

WHAT’S NEXT: World of Westgate 200 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 14 on Fox Sports 1

Truck Series practice report from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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Justin Haley was fastest in the final practice session for the Camping World Truck Series Race in Canada.

Haley posted a top speed of 110.467 mph around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Haley was followed by Todd Gilliland (110.161 mph), John Hunter Nemechek (110.131), Brett Moffitt (109.676) and Stewart Friesen (109.471).

Bo LeMastus recorded the most laps in the session with 23. He was 19th on the chart (104.567).

Qualifying for the Silverado 250 is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.

Click here for the practice report.

First practice

Noah Gragson led the first practice with a top speed of 109.852 mph around the road course.

The top five was completed by Matt Crafton (109.269 mph), Gilliland (109.200), Nemechek (108.849) and Ben Rhodes (108.700).

Myatt Snider recorded the most laps with 12 and was 15th on the speed chart (106.575).

Harrison Burton went off course during the session. He was sixth fastest (108.388).

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Race results, truck series points standings after Bristol

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Johnny Sauter passed a faltering John Hunter Nemechek with five laps remaining in Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race to claim his fifth win of the season and first at Bristol.

Stewart Friesen was also able to get around Nemechek to earn his third second-place finish of 2018.

Nemechek held on to finish third after winning both stages of the race.

NBC analyst Parker Kligerman finished fourth with Todd Gilliland rounding out the top five.

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Sauter padded his points lead with his victory in the regular season finale.

Noah Gragson, Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen and Brett Moffitt round out the top five at the end of the regular season.

With the points reset for the playoffs, Sauter will have 2,042 points.

Moffitt will be seeded second with 2,027 points and Gragson (2,022) will be seeded third.

The other drivers in the playoffs are Ben Rhodes (2,014), Friesen (2,012), Enfinger (2,011), Justin Haley (2,009) and Matt Crafton (2,003).

Click here for the complete points standings