A.J. Allmendinger wins Mid-Ohio 170 with final-stage rally
A.J. Allmendinger is now part of some rare company in the NASCAR Xfinity Series: he joins Marcos Ambrose as the only drivers to have five wins in the series on road courses. After suffering a pit penalty prior to the final stage in Saturday’s B&L Transport 170 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Allmendinger fought his way through the order to win become the track’s first multi-time NASCAR winner.
Allmendinger started the race in twelfth while Austin Cindric, also a road course ace, was on the pole alongside Ty Gibbs, who won last week’s race and at the Daytona Road Course in his Xfinity début, and had also triumphed in the ARCA Menards Series event at Mid-Ohio the previous day. Kris Wright and Ryan Ellis began their days at the back due to unapproved adjustments.
Cindric, who has four road course wins, led the first half of the opening stage but drama was apparent almost immediately. After just one lap, Noah Gragson went off course in the opening corner, spilling oil that caused Cody Ware to spin. Another fluid caution came on lap nine. Allmendinger would take the lead for the restart on lap 13 and lead to the stage victory ahead of Cindric, Justin Haley, Jeb Burton, Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Riley Herbst, Alex Labbé, Michael Annett, and Jeremy Clements.
Despite claiming a stage point, Clements stalled his car on lap 42 for what would be the lone yellow flag of the second stage. Gibbs had led much of the segment until the caution, and Allmendinger’s Kaulig Racing team-mate Haley would take the lead with five laps remaining to win as many of the leaders including Allmendinger elected to pit before the green-checkered flag. Jones, Burton, Herbst, Cindric, Labbé, Myatt Snider, Brandon Brown, Annett, and Ellis rounded out the top ten.
Between stages, Allmendinger was slapped with a penalty for not meeting the fifty-second mimimum pit time. The regulation, introduced in 2020 but not used that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was among a litany of pit rules implemented for all standalone Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series races. As a result, he began Stage #3 in nineteenth.
Cindric dominated the final stage until Burton spun into the gravel on lap 70. Three laps later, Jones overshot turn five and collected Labbé, Wright, and Kyle Weatherman while all five were running in the top ten. The incident resulted in overtime as Allmendinger led.
While Cindric’s overtime and race went south after being forced off course in a three-wide battle with Gibbs and Haley, Allmendinger drove off to claim his second win of the year and seventh in his career.
An open-wheel and sports car racer, Allmendinger previously recorded Xfinity road course victories at Road America (2013), Mid-Ohio (2013), and the Charlotte Roval (2019 and 2020). The first Mid-Ohio win came at the track’s inaugural Xfinity event. Ambrose, a Supercars Championship great, is the only other driver with five Xfinity road wins; four came at Watkins Glen and the fifth at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Interestingly, Allmendinger’s lone Cup Series victory came on a road course after defeating Ambrose at Watkins Glen in 2014.
“(Michael Shank) came here to see me,” Allmendinger commented. Shank had won the Indianapolis 500 the previous week while his sports car programme won the 2012 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with Allmendinger. “How lucky am I? I love Shank.
“This is (Kaulig Racing owner) Matt Kaulig‘s Super Bowl […] It’s just such a big deal. I always want to win for him, but here, I put a lot more pressure on myself to try to win.”
Haley finished second to mark a Kaulig 1–2 finish. Andy Lally tied his career best in fifth for the fourth different time, while Josh Berry placed eighth to give Jordan Anderson Racing—who had missed the first ten races with no owner points—three top tens in as many starts. Cindric’s overtime incident relegated him to fourteenth.
|1||12||16||A.J. Allmendinger||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|2||10||11||Justin Haley||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|3||2||54||Ty Gibbs||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||78||Running|
|4||7||19||Brandon Jones||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||78||Running|
|5||27||23||Andy Lally||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|6||6||68||Brandon Brown||Brandonbilt Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|7||15||1||Michael Annett||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|8||31||31||Josh Berry||Jordan Anderson Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|9||23||39||Ryan Sieg||RSS Racing||Ford||78||Running|
|10||24||92||Josh Williams||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|11||16||36||Alex Labbé||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|12||11||18||Daniel Hemric||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||78||Running|
|13||19||48||Jade Buford||Big Machine Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|14||1||22||Austin Cindric||Team Penske||Ford||78||Running|
|15||21||17||Cody Ware||SS-Green Light Racing||Ford||78||Running|
|16||4||10||Jeb Burton||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|17||40||52||Gray Gaulding||Jimmy Means Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|18||17||4||Ryan Vargas||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|19||34||66||Matt Jaskol||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||78||Running|
|20||20||6||Landon Cassill||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|21||9||98||Riley Herbst||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||78||Running|
|22||30||15||Colby Howard||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|23||32||5||Matt Mills||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|24||22||78||Jesse Little||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|25||39||90||Preston Pardus||DGM Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|26||35||47||Kyle Weatherman||Mike Harmon Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|27||29||8||Miguel Paludo||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|28||28||99||Ryan Ellis||B.J. McLeod Motorsports||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|29||14||2||Myatt Snider||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||78||Running|
|30||37||07||Joe Graf Jr.||SS-Green Light Racing||Chevrolet||77||Running|
|31||18||02||Brett Moffitt||Our Motorsports||Chevrolet||75||Fuel Pump|
|32||33||26||Kris Wright*||Sam Hunt Racing||Toyota||71||Accident|
|33||8||51||Jeremy Clements||Jeremy Clements Racing||Chevrolet||68||Running|
|34||26||0||Jeffrey Earnhardt||JD Motorsports||Chevrolet||68||Running|
|35||5||7||Justin Allgaier||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||67||Running|
|36||36||61||David Starr||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||66||Running|
|37||38||74||Bayley Currey*||Mike Harmon Racing||Chevrolet||30||Electrical|
|38||3||20||Harrison Burton||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||19||Accident|
|39||25||44||Tommy Joe Martins||Martins Motorsports||Chevrolet||7||Engine|
|40||13||9||Noah Gragson||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||0||Accident|
* – Ineligible for Xfinity points