Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity race at New Hampshire
Justin Allgaier ran away from other contenders late in the race and won Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Allgaier, driving a Chevrolet for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s team, outran Trevor Bayne over the closing laps. He won by almost four seconds, with Bayne taking second. Landon Cassill crossed the finish line third and Noah Gragson was fourth, but both their cars failed inspection and were disqualified.
The win is Allgaier’s third of the season. It ended a six-race NHMS winning streak for Joe Gibbs Racing and marked Chevrolet’s first win at the track since 2007.
The race was marred by several accidents.
Contact between Sheldon Creed and Josh Berry started a multi-car wreck with 76 laps remaining, prompting a red flag. Berry slid up the track, blocking the main racing groove. Ryan Sieg hit Berry, and Jeb Burton, arriving at the scene of the accident to find the track blocked, slammed into Sieg’s car, sending the rear of the car high into the air.
William Byron surged in the second stage to take the lead and the stage win, but a flat tire at the start of the final stage cost him the lead.
On the final lap of the second stage, Gragson and Daniel Hemric, who had raced in tight competition earlier, crashed, sending Gragson into a slide.
Hemric later left the race after an apparent blown tire sent his car into the wall.
The race’s first caution flag flew near the end of Stage 1 when Allgaier and rookie Julia Landauer made contact exiting Turn 4. Landauer, starting an Xfinity race for the first time, spun and slammed into the inside wall.
Landauer’s car was damaged significantly but she returned to competition after visiting pit road. She crashed again at the start of the final stage and parked for the day.
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ty Gibbs had a dominant car early in the race but mechanical problems cost him several laps in the pits.
The win was the 19th of Allgaier’s Xfinity career. He has won three of the past eight Xfinity races.
Stage 1 winner: Ryan Sieg
Stage 2 winner: William Byron
Who had a good race: Brandon Brown (third) scored his first top-five finish of the season. ... Jeremy Clements (fourth) earned his his first top-five finish of the year. ... Sheldon Creed (fifth) also scored his first top-five finish of the season.
Who had a bad race: Ryan Sieg had to slow when Josh Berry spun in front of him and then was tagged from behind by Jeb Burton, who had nowhere to go. Sieg finished 32nd. ... Daniel Hemric finished 35th after an accident.
Next: The series races July 23 at Pocono Raceway (5 p.m. ET on USA Network).