Allgaier Wins Late Battle, Takes Victory at Mid-Ohio

JR Motorsports | 8/11/2018

Allstate Parts Brandt Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Justin Allgaier Michael Annett Mid-Ohio Nationwide Children's Hospital News Tyler Reddick XFINITY Series

Justin Allgaier overcame a late spin and made the race winning pass with four laps to go to score his third victory of the season on Saturday, leading JRM at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Race 21 of 33: Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Track Specs: 2.258-mile road course / 75 laps
Weather: Sunny; 81 degrees
Race Winner: Justin Allgaier

Allgaier's Finish: 1st
Sadler's Finish: 6th
Annett's Finish: 18th
Reddick's Finish: 31st

Justin Allgaier

Fresher tires prevailed as Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team used them to earn their third NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of 2018 on Saturday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The win was Allgaier’s eighth in NXS competition and marked his second victory on a road course. With his Stage One win and race victory, the Illinois native was able to add six NXS Playoff points to his total and remains the second seed with only five races remaining in the regular season.

Rolling off seventh for the 170-mile race, Allgaier was up to second on lap 5. He radioed to his team shortly after that the BRANDT Chevy needed more forward drive. Allgaier held his position on track and assumed the lead with just a few laps remaining in the first stage when the No. 22 of Austin Cindric opted to come to pit road under green. The No. 7 driver held on to win Stage One and collect a playoff point. Under the stage-ending caution, crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air-pressure adjustment.

Taking the green for Stage Two in 13th, Allgaier was racing four-wide when he was pushed into the grass. He was able to continue on though and started regaining the positions he had lost. The 32-year-old driver was running in 15th when the caution came out on lap 30, and he radioed that the previous adjustment didn’t help the handling of the BRANDT Camaro. The team opted to stay out and once the race was back to green flag conditions, Allgaier continued to improve his position, taking the green-and-white checkered flag to end Stage Two in 10th. Under the yellow, the team made a stop for four tires, fuel and air-pressure adjustments.

Allgaier continued his climb forward once the final stage was under way on lap 45. By lap 56 he found himself in the fifth position, having worked his way past the No. 00 of Cole Custer. Just two laps later, two continued their battle and Custer made contact with Allgaier, sending the No. 7 Chevy for a spin. Allgaier avoided damage and lost minimal positions as he continued on. When the caution flag waved on lap 60 for a spin, the team took the opportunity to bring Allgaier to pit road for four fresh tires and fuel while a few teams stayed out.

Restarting 11th, Allgaier was back up to fifth before another caution came out on lap 67. On the final restart of the day, the JRM driver muscled his way further towards the front. He was up to second in a hurry and set his sights on leader Cindric, who was on older tires. The two battled it out, but Allgaier was ultimately able to clear him and cruised on in the closing laps to the victory. Cindric had to settle for second and was followed by Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex to round out the top five.

Allgaier’s win stands as JRM’s 41st NXS victory and second at Mid-Ohio.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team

“Jason (Burdett, crew chief) made a good call to come down pit road and put four tires on, and that was what kind of made the decision at the end there. I knew we needed to get up towards the front on that last restart. I knew that was going to be pivotal if we were going to have a shot at getting past Austin (Cindric). They were the class of the field all day and definitely had the best car…. This BRANDT Professional Agriculture team has been spot on this year. Hats off to them. They work hard and it feels good to come home with another win.”

Elliott Sadler

Elliott Sadler wheeled the No. 1 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Sadler leveraged a starting spot from the outside pole into his 17th top-10 finish of the season and gained two positions in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings. He now sits second in the points battle.

After a quick caution on the race’s initial lap, Sadler settled himself squarely among the top five competitors, posting solid and consistent lap times throughout Stage One. As some teams elected to pit under green just prior to the conclusion of the opening stage, the Hunt Brothers Pizza team cycled back in the second position.

Sadler brought the No. 1 to pit road under the stage-ending caution to remedy a tight condition and restarted in 14th. With four fresh tires, Sadler began clicking off spots once back to green-flag racing. He found the top 10 by lap 30 and improved two positions to finish Stage Two in eighth.

Following the team’s second pit stop, the Hunt Brothers Pizza entry lined up in eighth for the final stage. Sadler instantly went on the offensive, climbing the leaderboard at a rapid clip. He was fifth by lap 46 and third by the race’s penultimate caution on 14 laps later. Sadler had the car and the fuel to go the distance, but several competitors opted to pit for fresh tires under the yellow, which made for some interesting closing laps.

Sadler took the final restart in third with six laps to go. But fell victim to the hard-charging cars with new tires and the additional grip it provided. He took the checkered flag in sixth.

JRM teammate Justin Allgaier won the race. He was followed the line by Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Matt Tift and Ryan Truex. 

Elliott Sadler, driver No. 1 Hunt Brothers Pizza team

“Everyone on this Hunt Brothers Pizza team did a solid job all weekend. We had good speed in the car from the time we unloaded. We battled hard through the race. I felt like we certainly had a shot at it today. It was a lot of fun driving our way through the field at various points, too. But those fresh tires at the end certainly made a difference for the guys we were racing against. Overall, it was a good points day and we’ll take that and keep on digging”. 

Michael Annett

Michael Annett battled a tight condition in his Allstate Parts & Service Chevrolet during much of Saturday’s Rock N Roll Tequila 170 for NASCAR Xfinity Series stock cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, eventually finishing 18th in the 75-lap event.

Starting from 24th position, Annett picked up a spot on the opening lap and after an early spin on lap six, was 21st. As the opening stage went on, crew chief Travis Mack called his driver to pit road on lap 17 for four tires and fuel with an air pressure adjustment to help his turn. That put him 29th for the end of Stage One, but when the other cars made their stops, Annett advanced to 12th for the restart.

On the break, Annett was pushed wide through the sweeping Turn 1 and lost four spots, putting him 16th. He lost two more spots over the next several laps battling the tight condition and was 18th on lap 34 when contact from Katherine Legge damaged the fender of the No. 5. A lap later, Annett hit pit road for four more tires and fuel while getting his damaged fender looked after. The stop dropped Annett to 32nd, the last car on the lead lap, with four laps remaining in Stage Two. He would finish the segment in 29th, and return to pit road on the break to get fuel only, setting him up for a charge in the final 35-lap stint.

Annett would start the final stage in 17th, but fell to 20th on lap 49 thanks to some contact from Chase Briscoe. A quick trip through one of the many sand traps on the 2.258-mile course cost him five spots, but got all of those back plus two by lap 57, putting him 18th. Annett pitted for the final time on lap 62, for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment to help his forward drive. That put him 18th for the final 15-lap run to the checkered.

On the restart, Annett picked up three spots on the initial rush and was in reach of 14th when Briscoe made contact and spun Annett’s Chevrolet, dropping him to 27th. With five laps remaining, Annett lined up 19th and advanced one position to 18th at the finish. Annett remains one spot out of the NXS Playoffs with five races left before the field is set.

Justin Allgaier won the race for JRM, topping polesitter Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex. JRM’s Elliott Sadler was sixth.

Michael Annett, driver No. 5 Allstate Parts & Service Group team

“We had some good runs with our Allstate Parts & Service Chevrolet today, but we were so tight. We made a track-bar adjustment and it killed our front drive, so we had to work around that. These road-course races are really wild at times, and it certainly was for us today. But we recovered each time, and that’s important. Bristol is a good track for me and we’ll go there next week with the idea of gaining points.”

Tyler Reddick

As the laps wound down in Saturday’s Rock N Roll Tequila 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, Tyler Reddick had a ton of momentum and was looking at a top-five finish. A lap-60 skirmish in front of him saw the 22-year-old California native advance to fifth, but it came with a price.

As he swerved to miss the spinning Justin Allgaier, Reddick was clouted from behind by the car of Matt Tifft. The contact ahead put him in the top five, but the resulting damage popped the right rear tire on his Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. To make matters worse, he spun out entering Turn 4 and high-sided his Chevrolet on the curbing. After getting a push to the pits, Reddick’s day was finished.

Up to that point, the NASCAR Xfinity Series race had been going very well for Reddick and the No. 9 team.

Starting 15th, Reddick advanced to eighth in the first eight laps and ran in the top 11 until he pitted on lap 18 for four tires, fuel and an adjustment. That put him 21st and in position for solid restart for Stage Two. Reddick started sixth as the second 20-lap segment got under way. He stayed there the rest of the way, earning stage points, and set himself up to battle for the victory in the final stage.

Beginning the final stage in 10th-place, Reddick moved up to ninth quickly. He was eighth at lap 51, chasing Allgaier, and both drivers found themselves trapped behind road racer Andy Lally. Things came to a head six laps later, when Allgaier got past Lally and Reddick, following him through, made contact with the rear of Lally’s car. That sent Lally spinning, and Cole Custer ducked around Reddick’s machine to take the spot.

Custer, tight on the rear of Allgaier’s Chevrolet entering Turn 13, made contact with the No. 7 car and sent Allgaier spinning. Faced with a quick decision, Reddick got through the mess, but Tifft, running directly behind Reddick, got into the right rear of the No. 9. That set in motion the events that took Reddick out of the race after 60 laps.

Allgaier won the race, followed by polesitter Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, Tifft and Ryan Truex. JRM’s Elliott Sadler was sixth.

Tyler Reddick, driver No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital team

“We had a really good day going with our Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. I really hate that we had some damage that cut our right rear tire down after we avoided Justin’s (Allgaier) spin headed into the last corner. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get the result we deserve but I definitely feel like we learned a lot for the next road-course race at Road America. For now, we’ll head to Bristol next weekend and do our best to get a solid result.”

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RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick (P)40400
2Cole Custer (P)4035-5
3Daniel Hemric (P)4033-7
4Christopher Bell # (P)4026-14
5Elliott Sadler2255-1785
6Matt Tifft2254-1786
7Justin Allgaier2251-1789
14Michael Annett632-3408