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Allmendinger wins action-packed Xfinity race at Las Vegas

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After an action-packed truck race, it was now time for the Xfinity series to take over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for 200 laps.

The number 2 of Myatt Snider is who started on pole position, with Austin Cindric completing the front row and Daniel Hemric in third. The #17 and the #0 were moved to the rear after a driver change and unapproved adjustments respectively.

The green flag went off at 4:38 PM and the action started, with a competition caution scheduled for lap 20. Cindric was quick to take the lead of the pack and Snider dropped back to fourth by lap 4. Riley Herbst. who started 12th was now running 6th by lap 10, while the number 9 of Noah Gragson was running 11th after starting back in the 34th position.

On lap 17, the car 99 of Stefan Parson spun out of turn 4 after struggling while racing three-wide, bringing out the first caution of the race, which acted as the competition caution, originally scheduled for lap 20.

After a mixed pit-stop race it was time to go back to green by lap 26, Austin Cindric at the lead, with Daniel Hemric second, and Brandon Jones completing the top three.

It was a tense restart with the 9 of Gragson and the 98 of Herbst fighting it out on turn 1, making it three-wide with the 16 of Allmendinger. The order after the battle was Allmendinger, Gragson and Herbst.

With 16 laps to go, Cindric overtook Hemric for the lead, who would drop to third by the endo f the stage after being overtaken by Justin Haley with 5 laps to go.

In the end, it was Austin Cindric who took the stage win. Here is the top 10 of stage 1:

119Austin CindricFord
21Justin HaleyChevrolet
37Daniel HemricToyota
454AJ AllmendingerChevrolet
598Brandon JonesToyota
639Michael AnnettChevrolet
702Justin AllgaierChevrolet
82Noah GragsonChevrolet
936Riley HerbstFord
1048Ty DillonChevrolet

Stage 2 started with Daniel Hemric in the lead, Austin Cindric behind, and Justin Haley in third.

By lap 10, Austin Cindric got a flat tire and slowed down to try and make it to the pits while being on the high side. He did not make it and had to do a full lap at slow speeds, dropping to the 38th position in dosing so.

The 54 of Ty Dillon crashed with the 98 of Riley Herbst after getting loose on lap 11, bringing out the third caution of the race. Significant damage was made to both cars, with Herbst retiring from the event.

Green flag dropped again with 63 laps to go. Hemric started in front, Allgaier in second, Allmendinger third, who was fighting for the position with Haley.

It didn’t last for long, as with 19 laps to go the caution was once again out due to an incident involving the 39th of Ryan Sieg, who lost it by himself coming out of turn 4, going into the grass and making a lot of damage to his vehicle. He continued for a few more laps but retired later on.

The green flag dropped once again with 21 laps to go. Hemric was at the lead, Allgaier behind and Haley completing the top 3.

Brandon Jones got a great launch and made it to third place just before the caution was out once again, this time because of issues for the number 11 of Justin Haley, who spun entering turn three after contact with the number 8 of Josh Berry, dropping to the 34th position.

The race restarted with 14 laps to go. Hemric at the lead, with Allgaier and Jones in second and third respectively.

Jones (19) and Allmendinger (16) had a battle for third place and it was the 16th who came out on top. The 19th dropped to fourth and was being pressured by Noah Gragson, running fifth.

Austin Cindric, who dropped back due to a flat tire earlier in the stage, made an impressive comeback to the 10th position by the finish of the stage.

Two laps to go and Allmendinger passed Allgaier for second place. He went on and kept it until the finish of the stage. Hemric is the driver who won it. Here is the top 10 of stage 2:

118Daniel HemricToyota
216AJ AllmendingerChevrolet
37Justin AllgaierChevrolet
419Brendon JonesToyota
502Brett MoffittChevrolet
61Michael AnnettChevrolet
79Noah GragsonChevrolet
820Harrison BurtonToyota
968Brandon BrownChevrolet
1022Austin CindricFord

Stage 3 started with Jones, Hemric and Allgaier completing the top three.

Gragson was running 7th with Cindric behind, who was making a great comeback after issues earlier in the race dropped him back.

Harrison Burton made it to the 5th position, passing Allgaier who was then battling it hard with Cindric and Gragson. Austin was now running 7th and Noha behind him on 8th.

Myatt Snider went to the pits with 92 laps to go reporting overheating issues.

57 laps to go and it was Allmendinger at the top, with Hemric behind and Jones completing the top three. Cindric was running fourth, with Haley behind.

The number 7 of Justin Allgaier was the first to pit on lap 145 from the 10th position, starting the pit-stop cycle. Allmendinger went in with 51 laps to go, changing tires. He got out in third, with Justin Haley taking the lead of the race, Jeb Burton behind.

The pit crew of the number 19 of Brandon Jones had issues with an air gun during the pit stop, costing them time. Jones went out in the 9th position, climbing up to 6 with 46 laps to go. Haley then went to the pits and got out 11th. Allmendinger regained the lead.

30 laps to go and the race was still green for a so-far clean stage. Allmendinger continued to lead with Hemric behind and Jones in third place. Gragson was running 9th, the driver struggled multiple times during the race having close calls with the wall. Santino Ferrucci was 15th, the first of the lap-down pack.

Lap 26 saw the first caution of the stage. Austin Cindric and Harrison Burton were battling it out for the 4th position. Cindric had more speed on the front stretch and sent Burton spinning, who dropped down ten places to 14th.

The green flag dropped with 21 laps to go. Ty Dillon was leading with old tires after the leaders pitted during the caution. Hemric was sitting second, Allmendinger third.

Dillon quickly dropped to the 8th position. His spotter’s radio battery died and, without any information, Dillon crossed in front of the 02 of Brett Moffitt, crashing with him into the wall and causing his retirement. The 17 of Garrett Smithley and the 36 of Alex Labbe were collected during the incident.

13 laps to go and the green flag was out once again. Allmendinger was quick to steal the lead from Daniel Hemric. Brandon Jones was running third and Noah Gragson fourth. Austin Cindric was climbing up and was running fifth with 11 laps to go.

In the end, it was AJ Allmendinger taking the race win, Daniel Hemric behind, and Brandon Jones in third. Here’s the race top 15:

116AJ AllmendingerChevrolet
218Daniel HemricToyota
319Brandon JonesToyota
422Austin CindricFord
59Noah GragsonChevrolet
61Michael AnnettChevrolet
78Josh BerryChevrolet
811Justin HaleyChevrolet
920Harrison BurtonToyota
1010Jeb BurtonChevrolet
1158Brandon BrownChevrolet
1223Tyler ReddickChevrolet
1326Santino FerrucciToyota
147Justin AllgaierChevrolet
1544Tommy Joe MartinsChevrolet
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