A.J. Allmendinger prevailed in a hard-fought NASCAR Xfinity Collection Playoff race that resulted in extra time on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval Saturday night. After an extended afternoon negotiating the street course in wet climate towards a subject of drivers with championship hopes on the road, the veteran edged 22-year outdated Noah Gragson by a mere .446-seconds in a rooster-tail run to the checkered flag.
It marked the second win of the season for Allmendinger within the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet and his second profession win on the Roval.
Daniel Hemric, Alex Labbe and Ross Chastain rounded out the highest 5. Staff Penske‘s Austin Cindric, Cody Ware, Jade Buford, Michael Annett and Brandon Jones accomplished the highest 10.
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The Drive for the Treatment 250 was the ultimate race within the Spherical of 12 of the NASCAR Xfinity Collection Playoffs with Chase Briscoe, Cindric, Justin Allgaier, Gragson, Justin Haley, Jones, Chastain and Ryan Sieg advancing to the following three-race spherical of Playoff competitors that begins subsequent week at Kansas Speedway.
Drivers Harrison Burton, Brandon Brown, Michael Annett and Riley Herbst had been eradicated from Playoff rivalry at Charlotte.
With the difficult climate circumstances — heavy rain and excessive winds — it was a victory Allmendinger conceded he would bear in mind for some time — a race the entire subject will bear in mind for some time.
“I don‘t know what we simply witnessed,” Allmendinger mentioned with a smile. “I used to be complaining the entire race. Loopy. The 98 (of) Chase Briscoe was doing a unbelievable job. I didn‘t actually have something for him after a pair laps however I knew that closing restart I used to be going to do the whole lot I might.”
Allmendinger and Briscoe, the driving force of the No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, had been vying for the win, door-to-door, corner-by-corner within the closing laps which featured 5 lead modifications between the 2 in simply the ultimate 17 laps of the 68-lap extra time thriller.
Briscoe was main with three laps remaining when a warning flag got here out for Brown, whose automobile was precariously disabled alongside the observe. Racing side-by-side for the lead on the following restart, Briscoe spun out in Flip 1, permitting Allmendinger the chance to take management of the race and navigate the moist observe to victory. Briscoe, who led a race-best 23 laps, as an alternative completed 18th.
“Driver simply made a mistake,” mentioned Briscoe, who with eight wins remains to be the top-seeded Playoff driver heading into the following spherical.
“In circumstances like this you‘ve obtained to be at 100 % and I attempted going 110 and it bit me. Very unlucky. That one‘s going to sting for a very long time. I really feel like I did my job for about 95 % of the day, proper.”
That was a well-recognized chorus on Saturday in a uncommon NASCAR street course occasion that referred to as for rain tires, drivers‘ persistence and resolve. Gragson, for instance, was concerned in a number of incidents on observe.
He and fellow Playoff contender Herbst collided solely 28 laps into the race, and later contact between the 2 additional broken Gragson‘s No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Nonetheless, he was capable of come again and switch in a podium-worthy end.
The Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Herbst was one of many 4 Playoff drivers who wanted to realize huge factors or straight out win the race for a chance to advance to the following spherical. He led seven laps, however completed 12th — finally recovering from a spin in extra time as effectively.
Fellow rookie Harrison Burton, a two-race winner this season and Herbst‘s JGR teammate, additionally regarded sturdy early within the race contending among the many entrance of the sphere, even when he didn‘t lead laps. His No. 20 JGR Toyota had a transmission downside and he was scored 33rd of the 38 drivers.
The Georgia native Sieg, who drives the No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet for his family-owned staff, was capable of benefit from others’ misfortune Saturday and proceed what‘s been a profession season for the 33-year outdated. He ranks eighth heading to the following Playoff spherical. His earlier finest collection profession championship end was ninth place in 2016. He was 11th final 12 months.
Whereas Sieg and positively Allmendinger had been on the upside of lucky, all of the drivers climbed out of their vehicles with an identical chorus.
“It‘s nothing like I‘ve ever performed earlier than,” Hemric mentioned. “I‘m going to take a seat again with a chilly one and watch [the NASCAR Cup Series race at the Roval] tomorrow.”
The Xfinity Collection resumes the Playoff schedule subsequent Saturday, Oct. 17 at Kansas Speedway (7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). With the factors reset for this spherical, Briscoe takes a 10-point lead over regular-season champion Cindric and is 27 factors up on third place Allgaier.