Johnsonville 180

Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Road America; Bill Elliott places 20th

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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.

The top five was completed by Matt Tifft, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer and Elliott Sadler.

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

MORE: Race results, point standings

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 wins Xfinity pole at Road America; Bill Elliott qualifies 23rd

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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).

The top five is completed by Joe Gibbs Racing’s James Davison, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Justin Marks and Christopher Bell.

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.

Click here for the results.

Today’s Xfinity race at Road America: Start time, lineup and more

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After spending a week on the short track of Bristol, the Xfinity Series has its third road course race in  four weeks, competing today at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Robert Henderson, maintenance technician from Johnsonville, will give the command to start engines at 3:07 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:21 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 45 laps (182.2 miles) around the 4.048-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 10. Stage 2 ends on Lap 20.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8:30 a.m.Driver/crew chief meeting is at 12 p.m. Qualifying is at 12:35 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:30 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Christi Lueck will perform the anthem at 3:01 p.m.

TV/RADIO: NBCSN will broadcast the race beginning at 3 p.m. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. with Countdown to Green on NBCSN. Motor Racing Network’s radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: calls for partly cloudy skies and a 24 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Jeremy Clements survived a last-lap spin to win over Michael Annett after leading 10 laps.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the lineup.

Saturday schedule at Road America, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

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NASCAR hosts a pair of road course races in two different countries this week with the Xfinity Series tackling Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and the Camping World Truck Series racing at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Qualification for both series and the Xfinity race highlight today’s action.

Here is today’s schedule at both tracks:


At Road America

8:30 a.m. — Xfinity garage opens

12 p.m. — Xfinity driver/crew chief meeting

12:35 p.m. — Xfinity qualifying; multi-vehicle/two rounds (NBCSN)

2:30 p.m. — Xfinity driver introductions

3 p.m. — Johnsonville 180; 45 laps/182.2 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

7:30 a.m. — Truck garage opens

9:30 a.m. — Truck first practice

11:35 a.m. — Truck final practice

6 p.m. — Truck qualification (FS2)

Friday’s schedule for Xfinity at Road America

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The NASCAR Xfinity Series gets a weekend of road course action underway Friday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Last year’s edition of this race was won by Jeremy Clements.

Here’s the day’s schedule with TV and radio info:

(All times are Eastern)

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:25 p.m. – First practice (NBC Sports App)

3:35-4:55 p.m. – Final practice (NBC Sports App)