How AJ Allmendinger, Grant Enfinger made it big at Indianapolis

How AJ Allmendinger, Grant Enfinger made it big at Indianapolis

AJ Allmendinger continues to make street courses his personal playgrounds on the Xfinity series. His easy win on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield circuit was his third NASCAR road course win in three races this year; All told, eight of his 13 career Xfinity wins have been on street courses.

This was something like a router.

The former Open Wheel star, who drove a Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing, led three times in 42 of the 62 laps (including the last 18) in the Pennzoil 151. He won by more than two seconds over Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain , and Chase Briscoe. The back-5 in the 62-lap, 151-mile race at the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit were Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill and Noah Gragson.

Allmendinger’s dominance left the rest of the field with just 20 laps. Gragson led six laps, Josh Berry five, Bowman and Allgaier four each, and Gibbs one. Those six riders swapped the lead eight times, but there was little doubt that Allmendinger was the class of the field. Bowman was quicker on long runs, but Allmendinger had built up a sizeable cushion that Bowman couldn’t overcome.

The win continued Allmendinger’s impressive performances that year. He opened the season with 12 consecutive top 10 finishes and had added five more in the last eight races. Among them were street course victories at COTA and Portland International. He heads into next weekend’s New Holland 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan Speedway with a 17-point lead over Allgaier and a 30-point lead over Gibbs.

NASCAR Xfinity Series races

19th Annual Pennzoil 150 at the Brickworks

Results

1. (1) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 62.

2. (4) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 62.

3. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 62.

4. (18) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 62.

5. (6) Chase Briscoe(i), Ford, 62.

6. (3) Riley Herbst, Ford, 62.

7. (5) Sam Mayer, Chevrolet, 62.

8. (2) Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 62.

9. (9) Austin Hill #, Chevrolet, 62.

10. (7) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 62.

11. (11) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 62.

12. (14) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 62.

13. (12) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 62.

14. (8) Josh Berry, Chevrolet, 62.

15. (36) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 62.

16. (17) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 62.

17. (30) Santino Ferrucci, Toyota, 62.

18. (26) Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, 62.

19. (29) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 62.

20. (27) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 62.

21. (34) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 62.

22. (16) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 62.

23. (15) Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, 62.

24. (19) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 62.

25. (22) Andy Lally, Ford, 62.

26. (20) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 62.

27. (31) Ryan Victory, Ford, 62.

28. (35) Patrick Gallagher, Ford, 62.

29. (23) Preston Pardus, Chevrolet, 62.

30. (28) Kyle Wetterman, Chevrolet, 62.

31. (32) Scott Heckert, Chevrolet, 62.

32. (24) Kaz Grala(i), Chevrolet, 61.

33. (25) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 61.

34. (38) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, suspension, 58.

35. (13) Bubba Wallace(i), Toyota, Engine, 28.

36. (33) Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, accident, 17.

37. (37) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, accident, 11.

38. (21) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, tie rod, 0.

Average speed of the race winner: 77.825 km/h.

Time of the race: 1 hr 56 min 35 sec. Lead to win: 2.084 seconds.

warning flags: 4 for 11 rounds.

Lead Changes: 8 out of 6 drivers.

Leaders: A. Allmendinger 1-15;T. Gibbs 16;N. Gragson 17-22; A. Bowman(i) 23-24;J. Allgaier 25-28; A. Allmendinger 29-37;J. berry 38-42;A. Bowman (i) 43-44; A. Allmendinger 45-62.

Summary of the leaders (drivers, lead times, led laps): AJ Allmendinger 3 times for 42 rounds; Noah Gragson 1 time for 6 rounds; Josh Berry 1 time for 5 rounds; Justin Allgaier 1 time for 4 rounds; Alex Bowman (i) 2 times for 4 rounds; Ty Gibbs 1 time for 1 round.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 9,31,17,7,98,54,8,2,16,1

Stage #2 Top Ten: 8,36,48,45,91,6,4,23,34,38

nascar camping world truck series tsport 200

Grant Enfinger greets some fans after his win on Friday.

Justin Casterline, Getty Images

Enfinger makes progress in the truck playoffs

The Camping World Truck Series opened its playoff series on Friday night with a 207-lap race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. The TSport 200 was scheduled for 200 laps but was stretched to 207 by extension.

Grant Enfinger survived the wild overtime to beat reigning series champion Ben Rhodes, Zack Smith, Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, Tyler Ankrum, Layne Riggs, Ty Majeski, Matt Crafton and pole winner John Hunter Nemechek.

Nemechek (75 laps), Majeski (71) and Carson Hocevar (34) led for most of the night, three of six leaders who changed the lead 12 times. But despite leading just four times over 13 laps, Enfinger came too late to lead the last two to victory by half a second. The race was unusually sloppy, with 10 cautions for 78 of the 207 laps.

The trucks will have the next weekend off before heading to Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Saturday night, August 13th. Zane Smith is 14 points ahead of Rhodes in the standings, while Enfinger and Friesen are 22 points behind

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races

First TSport 200

Results

1. (5) Grant Enfinger (P), Chevrolet, 207.

2nd (9) Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, 207.

3. (21) Zane Smith (P), Ford, 207.

4th (8) Stewart Friesen (P), Toyota, 207th

5. (4) Corey Heim # (P), Toyota, 207.

6. (11) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 207.

7. (23) Layne Riggs, Toyota, 207.

8. (6) Ty Majeski (P), Toyota, 207.

9th (16) Matt Crafton (P), Toyota, 207.

10. (1) John Hunter Nemechek (P), Toyota, 207.

11. (18) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, 207.

12. (15) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 207.

13. (17) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 207.

14. (10) Derek Kraus, Chevrolet, 207.

15. (36) Jesse Little, Chevrolet, 207.

16. (3) Christian Eckes (P), Toyota, 207.

17. (31) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 207.

18. (2) Kramer Smith (P), Toyota, 207.

19. (20) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 207.

20. (27) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 207.

21. (7) Carson Hocevar (P), Chevrolet, 207.

22. (13) Taylor Gray (P), Ford, 207.

23. (14) Gerber Gray, Ford, 207.

24. (34) Chris Hacker, Toyota, 207.

25. (19) Jack Wood #, Chevrolet, 207.

26. (26) Blaine Perkins #, Chevrolet, 207.

27. (33) Chase Purdy, Toyota, 206.

28. (24) Jake Garcia, Chevrolet, 206.

29. (25) Dean Thompson #, Chevrolet, 204.

30. (30) Chad Chastain, Chevrolet, 204.

31. (28) Kris Wright, Chevrolet, 204.

32. (12) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, Accident, 190.

33. (35) Josh Reaume, Toyota, too slow, 153.

34. (22) Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, Accident, 147.

35. (32) Blake Lothian, Chevrolet, driveshaft, 72.

36. (29) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, accident, 9.

Average speed of the race winner: 69.961 km/h.

Time of the race: 2 hrs 1 min 47 sec Profit margin: 0.477 seconds.

warning flags: 10 for 78 rounds.

Lead Changes: 12 out of 6 drivers.

Lap leader: J. Nemechek (P) 1-64; C. Smith (P) 65-70; C. Hocevar (P) 71-104; G. Enfinger (P) 105-109; C. Smith (P) 110-116;T. Majeski (P) 117-157; G. Enfinger (P) 158; T. Majeski (P) 159-188; G. Enfinger (P) 189-193; J. Nemechek (P) 194-197; T. Gray (P) 198;J. Nemechek (P) 199-205; G. Enfinger (P) 206-207.

Summary of the leaders (drivers, lead times, led laps): John Hunter Nemechek (P) 3 times for 75 laps; Ty Majeski (P) 2 times for 71 laps; Carson Hocevar (P) 1 time for 34 laps; Chandler Smith (P) 2 times for 13 rounds; Grant Enfinger (P) 4 times for 13 rounds; Taylor Gray (P) 1 time for 1 round.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 4,18,42,52,23,99,51,66,38,98

Stage #2 Top Ten: 66,23,99,42,38,51,52,18,16,91

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