AJ Allmendinger cracks the jackpot with an Xfinity win in Las Vegas

AJ Allmendinger took the lead and held off the field with 12 laps remaining on one final restart of the race to take his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series win in the last 16 races and the Alsco Uniforms 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway win.

It was Allmendinger’s first race on the track in three years.

Allmendinger’s # 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet had to hold back the # 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, driven by Daniel Hemric, who ran the best 74 of the 200 laps in the 200 laps and was 0.978 seconds from his first career win.

It was clearly an emotional win for veteran Allmendinger, who stepped out of his car at the finish line and leaned against it with his eyes closed for a moment before doing his live television interview.

This is the 39-year-old Californian’s first full-time race in NASCAR since 2018, when he competed in the NASCAR Cup series. However, in the last two seasons he has scored three wins part-time for Kaulig Racing.

“First of all, it’s great to have all of you back in the stands,” said Allmendinger, pointing to the cheering but socially distant and limited crowd.

“It’s emotional because you don’t know when you’re going to do that again,” said Allmendinger. “You never know. This could be the last (win), you never know, I hope it isn’t; I think we can do a lot more.

“It’s fun, but I want to win so badly [team owner] Frosted [Kaulig] every week, “he added.” It’s hard to put into words what it means to me. Really how much I want to win for him. … It means so much to me that he believes in me. “

For Hemric, who now has eleven runners-up in NASCAR’s three national series, it was a difficult result considering his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has been up front for the entire race. He led eight different times and won the second stage.

It was Hemric’s eighth runner-up in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett holds the Xfinity Series record for most runners-up before his first win with 10 runners-up.

“You hate it when someone gets away with it, but we came here and wanted to try to have more speed to run laps and win stages and we did that today,” said Hemric. “We shot in line there and just got hit. Congratulations to AJ. We just hit.”

Hemric’s teammate Brandon Jones finished third, followed by Austin Cindric, the 2020 Xfinity Series champion, who led 43 laps and won the first stage.

Cindric had a puncture on his 55 laps with the Penske Ford # 22 team, but drove an inspired rally, finishing 10th on stage 2 and finishing in the top 5 on lap 117. He made contact with Harrison Burton on the final lap and his fourth place finish is his fourth top 5 in as many races.

Las Vegas native Noah Gragson finished fifth – his best performance of the season. Michael Annett, rookie Josh Berry, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton and Jeb Burton rounded out the top 10. Haley’s and Jeb Burton’s work gave Kaulig Racing a top 10 sweep.

Cindric has a 21-point lead over Hemric in the series drivers’ standings, which will be received in Call 811 Before You Dig 200 at Phoenix Raceway (5:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) next Saturday.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 25th Annual Alsco Uniforms 300

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The Vegas, Nevada

Saturday 6th March 2021

1. (10) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 200.

2. (3) Daniel Hemric, Toyota, 200.

3. (4) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200.

4. (2) Austin Cindric, Ford, 200.

5. (34) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 200.

6. (13) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.

7. (9) Josh Berry, Chevrolet, 200.

8. (6) Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 200.

9. (22) Harrison Burton, Toyota, 200.

10. (5) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 200.

11. (25) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 200.

12. (40) Tyler Reddick (i), Chevrolet, 200.

13. (23) Santino Ferrucci, Toyota, 200.

14. (37) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.

15. (21) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 200.

16. (24) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 200.

17. (8) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199.

18. (26) Joe Graf Jr., Chevrolet, 199.

19. (30) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 199.

20. (38) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, 199.

21. (14) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 199.

22. (39) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 199.

23. (35) Ryan Vargas, Chevrolet, 199.

24. (15) Garrett Smithley, Chevrolet, 199.

25. (16) Dexter Bean, Chevrolet, 198.

26. (32) Jesse Little, Toyota, 198.

27. (36) Gray Gaulding, Chevrolet, 198.

28. (29) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 198.

29. (28) David Starr, Ford, 198.

30. (27) Jade Buford, Chevrolet, 196.

31. (20) Ty Dillon, Toyota, 195.

32. (1) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 191.

33. (19) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 184.

34. (7) Brett Moffitt (i), Chevrolet, Accident, 181.

35. (17) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, accident, 181.

36. (33) Stefan Parsons, Toyota, Fuel Line, 137.

37. (18) Timmy Hill, Toyota, Motor, 100.

38. (11) Ryan Sieg, Ford, Accident, 73.

39. (31) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, Electrical, 72.

40. (12) Riley Herbst, Ford, Accident, 56.

Average speed of the race winner: 113,804 mph.

Race time: 2 hours, 38 minutes, 10 seconds. Profit margin: .978 seconds.

Warning flags: 8 for 45 laps.

Change in leadership: 23 out of 7 drivers.

Round leader: M. Snider 0; D. Hemric 1; A. Cindric 2-25; D. Hemric 26-28; Cindric A. 29-47; B. Jones 48; D. Hemric 49-62; J. Allgaier 63; D. Hemric 64-68; J. Allgaier 69; D. Hemric 70-75; J. Allgaier 76; D. Hemric 77-92; J. Allgaier 93; B. Jones 94-118; D. Hemric 119-138; A. Allmendinger 139-148; B. Jones 149; J. Haley 150-154; A. Allmendinger 155-175; B. Jones 176; T. Dillon 177-178; D. Hemric 179-187; A. Allmendinger 188-200.

Summary of the leaders (drivers, times, guided laps): Daniel Hemric 8 times for 74 laps; AJ Allmendinger 3 times for 44 rounds; Austin Cindric 2 times for 43 rounds; Brandon Jones 4 times for 28 rounds; Justin Haley 1 time for 5 rounds; Justin Allgaier 4 times for 4 rounds; Ty Dillon 1 time for 2 rounds.

Level 1 top ten: 22,11,18,16,19,1,7,9,98,54

Level 2 top ten: 18,16,7,19,02,1,9,20,68,22

– Posted by Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service, specifically for field-level media

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