Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio

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Justin Allgaier passed Austin Cindric with four laps remaining in the Xfinity race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and held the advantage to win his third race of the season. This is the most wins in a season for Allgaier.

Allgaier survived an off track incident on lap 25 and a spin on lap 59 on his way to victory lane.

Custer and Allgaier provided the fireworks on lap 59.

“It was a frustrating day, to say the least,” Custer said in a press release. “Our Haas Automation Mustang was really good. I thought we were a second-place car. We probably could’ve kept up with the 22 (Austin Cindric). I have to apologize to Justin (Allgaier). It worked out for him, but I hit him in the wrong spot there and spun him around. That’s my fault and I’ll apologize. We’ll just move on to Bristol. I want to win. That’s what we want to do. It’s frustrating when things don’t go your way. I thought we were doing everything right, we just need everything to fall into place.”

After losing the lead to Allgaier, Cindric held off a battle from Daniel Hemric, who was also on fresher tires. Hemric finished third.

Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex rounded out the top five.

In only his third road course race in the Xfinity Series, Christopher Bell was well on his way to score his first top five on this track type until he was spun by Elliott Sadler on a lap-65 restart while racing for second. Bell fell to 28th and pitted during the next caution with eight laps remaining . He took four fresh tires and was able to climb back to 11th. Last week, Bell finished ninth at Watkin Glen.

STAGE 1 WINNER: Justin Allgaier

STAGE 2 WINNER: Austin Cindric (first stage win of 2018)

MORE: Complete Results
MORE: Points Standings

HOW JUSTIN ALLGAIER WON: After winning Stage 1, Allgaier was mired in traffic. On the restart, he attempted to go four-wide and ran off track, costing him track position. That allowed him to pit off-sequence with the leaders and with 20-lap fresher tires, he drove through the field and was able to get to Cindric’s back bumper with five laps remaining.

WHO HAD A GOOD DAY: Cindric failed to win, but he scored a career-best finish of second. His previous best was a fourth at Pocono in June. … After finishing 18th last week at Watkins Glen, Truex scored his first road course top 10 in his third start. … Alex Labbe in ninth scored his career best finish in his 24th race. … Spencer Gallagher started 20th and finished eighth for the greatest advancement in the field.

WHO HAD A BAD DAY: Dylan Murcott’s debut in the Xfinity series did not last long. Locking up his tires on lap 1, he drove off track and into the tire barrier. … Brandon Jones faded to eighth from his third-place starting position and spun in Turn 2. Another off course excursion on lap 34 contributed to a 23rd-place finish. … Chase Briscoe spun when the pack stacked up in front of him. He was tagged by Kaz Grala into the spin and lost his back bumper on lap 33 after contact with Cody Ware. … Tyler Reddick cut a tire after contact from behind from Matt Tifft on lap 60 and destroyed his right rear quarter panel. … With nine laps remaining, Katherine Legge lost an engine and retired. … Ross Chastain (16th) and Joey Gase (24th) got into a last lap incident. After the race, Gase told NBC’s Parker Kligerman that he could make it difficult for Chastain to make the playoffs.

NOTABLE: Strategy trumped raw speed on Saturday. Cindric led four times for 59 laps and was not passed for the lead under green until the closing minutes. Allgaier was forced into an alternate strategy by a series of incidents, including an off track excursion on lap 25 while battling for a top 15 position. Contact with Cole Custer on lap 59 while battling for fifth cost both multiple positions and encouraged Allgaier to pit on lap 62 while Cindric stayed out. Allgaier led eight laps.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That call there at the end is what did it. Austin (Cindric) had the best car today and I thought we gave it away there. We were on the outside and got pushed off the race track, but was able to come back.” – Justin Allgaier in victory lane on NBCSN

WHAT’S NEXT: Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Aug. 17 on NBCSN

Today’s Xfinity race at Mid-Ohio: Start time, lineup and more

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The Xfinity Series has its second road course race in a row, competing today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Here is all the info for today’s race:

(All times are Eastern)

START: Jeff Flasco, CEO of Amethyst Beverage, will give the command to start engines at 2:54 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 3:05 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 75 laps (169.35 miles) around the 2.258-mile road course.

STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 20. Stage 2 ends on Lap 40.

PRERACE SCHEDULE: Garage opens at 8 a.m. Qualifying is at 11:30 a.m. Driver/crew chief meeting is at 2 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2:15 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: Wendy Reiser will perform the anthem at 2:47 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 mrn.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will have MRN’s broadcast.

FORECAST: wunderground.com calls for mostly sunny conditions with a high of 80 degrees and a 15 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

LAST TIME: Sam Hornish Jr. won this race a year ago, leading 61 of 75 laps for Team Penske. He finished ahead of Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft.

STARTING LINEUP: Qualifying is at 11:30 a.m.

Xfinity practice report from Mid-Ohio

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Ryan Reed was the fastest in opening Xfinity practice Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Reed led the way with a lap of 94.709 mph. He was followed by Andy Lally (94.499 mph), Kyle Benjamin (94.371), Brendan Gaughan (94.295) and Austin Cindric (94.277).

Benjamin ran the most laps at 26. Kaz Grala was next with 25 laps. Grala was 19th on the speed chart with a top lap of 93.241 mph.

A few cars had issues.

Christopher Bell, who was 10th on the speed chart at 94.009 mph, spun off course but continued. Daniel Hemric, Dylan Murcott and Gaughan also slid off course but continued.

Click here for Xfinity practice report

Final Xfinity practice will run from 4:05 to 4:55 p.m. ET today and can be seen on the NBC Sports App and online. Rain is in the forecast there this afternoon.

FINAL PRACTICE 

Because of rain only five cars recorded a lap in the final session. Most teams did not go out since Saturday’s race is expected to be in dry conditions.

Brendan Gaughan had the fastest lap at 87.738 mph. He ran five laps in the session.

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Friday’s schedule for NASCAR at Michigan, Mid-Ohio

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NASCAR’s race weekend begins today in two different locations.

Cup and Camping World Truck Series practice in Michigan, and Xfinity teams practice at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Cup qualifying will also take place today.

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

(All times are Eastern)

Michigan International Speedway

Friday, Aug. 10

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Truck garage open

12:05 – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

1:05-1:55 p.m. – Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

3:05-3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

Weekend schedule for NASCAR at Michigan, Mid-Ohio

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The NASCAR national series are split up this weekend, with Cup and the Camping World Truck Series visiting Michigan International Speedway and the Xfinity Series trekking to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Here’s the weekend schedule for each location with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Michigan International Speedway

Friday, Aug. 10

9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Cup garage open

11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Truck garage open

12:05 – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (NBCSN, Motor Racing Network)

1:05-1:55 p.m. – Truck practice (Fox Sports 1)

3:05-3:55 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5:05 p.m. – Cup qualifying; multi-car/three rounds (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Saturday, Aug. 11

6 a.m. – Truck garage opens

7 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Cup garage open

8:35  – 9:25 a.m. – Cup practice (CNBC, MRN)

9:30 a.m. – Truck qualifying; single truck/two rounds (FS1)

11:15 a.m. – Driver-crew chief meeting

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Final Cup practice (NBC Sports App, MRN)

12:30 p.m. – Truck Series driver introductions

1 p.m. – Truck Series Corrigan Oil 200; 100 laps/200 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Aug. 12

9 a.m. – Cup garage opens

12:30 p.m. – Driver-crew chief meeting

1:50 p.m. – Driver introductions

2:30 p.m. – Consumers Energy 400; 200 laps/400 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

 

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Friday, Aug. 10

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

1:35 – 2:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

4:05 – 4:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)

Saturday, Aug. 11

8 a.m. – Xfinity garage opens

11:30 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying; multi-car/two rounds (NBC Sports App)

2 p.m. – Driver-crew chief meeting

2:15 p.m. – Driver introductions

3 p.m. – Rock N Roll Tequila 170; 75 laps/169.35 miles (NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)