He did, and later in the race, his spotter would provide some important information to his driver when Truex got turned by Brandon Jones.
“That was the 19 when you get to him,” Truex’s spotter said.
“You be ready if anything goes down,” Jones said to his spotter.
“Copy that. We got your back, brother,” Jones’ spotter replied.
Here are some other highlights”
- “Don’t let them drive it in on you,” Chase Elliott, spotting for Bill Elliott
- “You need to get in here,” Bill Elliott replied
- “Can’t hardly see; you’ll have to help me get to pit road. Everything seems to be ok – all the stuff in here – just got the hood bowed up on it.” Bill Elliott
- “Just wanted to get some dirt racing in,” Christopher Bell, after an off-track excursion
- “Your gonna have a little shootout; it’s fixing to get wild,” Daniel Hemric’s spotter.
- “You have no idea how much of an honor it is to drive this stuff, so thank you for that,” Justin Allgaier
For more, watch the video above.
Justin Allgaier won the Johnsonville 180 at Road America, continuing a career year with his fourth victory.
Allgaier led 14 laps and the final seven under green after passing James Davison on a restart in Turn 8.
James Davison and Justin Marks were competing for second with three laps to go when they made contact and spun in Turn 8.
“The restart there, he kind of left before I did and the 2 (Matt Tifft) gave me a shot … he thought (Davison) was going. I spun the tires really bad after I got hit. I thought I gave it away and when he made the mistake down in (Turn) 8 I just knew I had to be smooth and fast.”
Allgaier has won two of the season’s first three road course races after winning at Mid-Ohio. He placed third at Watkins Glen.
Allgaier came back to win after he and Christopher Bell knocked each other off track on Lap 27.
The race also featured Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, who finished 20th despite being involved in two incidents.
“I feel like I hit everything but the lottery,” Elliott told NBCSN. “It was a great day. … It was a heck of a lot of fun. I just felt like I needed more through (Turns) 9 and 10, the carousel, to carry any speed through there. I feel like I just gave up too much in like (Turn) 3. I was not too bad in (Turns) 5, 6, 7, 8. But it seemed like the carousel, I got a little bit free down into (Turn) 11. But all in all I enjoyed it, I had a good time.”
Elliott said “I doubt it” when asked if he’d race again.
“This was a lot of fun, a good time,” Elliott said. “I felt like I held my own pretty good for where I’m at in my career and what I was trying to do.”
STAGE 1 WINNER: Matt Tifft
STAGE 2 WINNER: Daniel Hemric
WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Matt Tifft earned his career-best finish in his 67th start … Ross Chastain finished seventh for his second-best result of the season. He earned his sixth top-10 finish of 2018, his most ever in a single season. … Elliott Sadler earned his first top five since the July race at Daytona … Katherine Legge placed 14th in her second NASCAR start, bouncing back from a spin on Lap 24.
WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Ryan Reed was eliminated after he wrecked on a Lap 7 restart in Turn 2 … Austin Cindric was eliminated when his engine expired on Lap 15, right as Daniel Hemric passed him for the lead … Tyler Reddick finished 34th after a fluid leak forced him to retire … Josh Bilicki wrecked out with eight laps to go, plowing into a tire barrier in the Canada Corner.
NOTABLE: Cole Custer, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric locked themselves into the playoffs on points … Conor Daly finished 31st in his series debut due to mechanical issues.
POST-RACE INSPECTION: Cole Custer had one unsecured lug nut.
WHAT’S NEXT: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 on NBC
Matt Tifft will start first in today’s Xfinity Series race at Road America (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN) after winning his second career pole.
Tifft earned the pole with a speed of 109.307 mph around the road course. His previous pole was in 2016 at Talladega.
“It felt really good,” Tifft told NBCSN. “This is kind of cool, back-to-back poles, got it in the Trans-Am race and got this. Just a great job all weekend so far … Had a really good run here last year in both the Xfinity and ARCA races. We’ve been close here so many times and this piece has just been great all weekend.”
Cole Custer will start second (109.294 mph).
Justin Allgaier will start 11th after he went off track during his run in the final round. His No. 7 Chevrolet was undamaged.
Daniel Hemric did not make a lap in the final round and will start 12th.
Hall of Famer Bill Elliott will start 23rd in GMS Racing’s No. 23 Chevrolet.
Conor Daly will start 15th in his NASCAR debut.
Justin Marks posted the fastest lap in final practice for the Johnsonville 180 at Road America with a speed of 109.603 mph.
He beat James Davison (109.179 mph) by more than half a second (.517).
Making his return to NASCAR, Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (105.791) posted the 26th fastest time.
Last year’s winner, Jeremy Clements had a left front tire go flat in turn five 20 minutes into final practice and brought out a red flag.
Kaz Grala and Brian Henderson had off-course excursions in Canada Corner.
After driving off course in the rain in practice one, Tyler Reddick spun with Katherine Legge in Turn 5 with 50 minutes remaining in the session. Both drivers returned to the pits under their own power. Reddick had damage on the right front; Legge had damage on the left rear.
Legge (106.524) ended the session 23rd on the chart.
Wet conditions kept most of the competitors off track in the first practice session.
Rookies Reddick and Conor Daly were the only two drivers to take to the track.
Reddick made several laps practicing his entry onto pit road. Only one circuit was completed at speed (152.280).
Midway through the session, Reddick had an off-course excursion.
“Got a little wheel hop in the brakes and as soon as I tried to go down into the next gear, it went into neutral and didn’t catch third,” Reddick said on the NBCSN Sports App. “At that point, just hoping that when I hit the sand pit it wouldn’t do too bad a damage, but unfortunately it tore the splitter up pretty bad. “