Monday, May 27, 2024

A.J. Allmendinger wrecks, wins Tennessee Lottery 250

On lap 54, A.J. Allmendinger ended up sideways, but that did not faze him as he led the final twenty laps including double overtime to win Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.

The accident occurred when Ty Gibbs spun while fighting for the lead on a restart, and Allmendinger attempted to sneak by along the outside wall before Gibbs slid up and clipped him in the left rear. While Allmendinger was left sideways in the middle of the track, he re-fired the car and continued, drawing complaints from pole-sitter Cole Custer who accused him of gaining an aerodynamic advantage from the body damage.

Allmendinger’s car was eventually found to be legal in post-race inspection, meaning the pace he showed for the rest of the day to get back to the front was genuine. Still, he also had to put up with multiple restarts as nine cautions for wrecks including the lap 54 crash were flown, including three in the first twenty laps of the race.

Parker Kligerman‘s spin after a bump from Kaz Grala set up overtime, and two more cautions took place afterwards for Chad Chastain and Chandler Smith spinning. Allmendinger took off on both restarts while Riley Herbst was stuck battling with Sam Mayer and Austin Hill to hold onto second, enabling Alllmendinger to pull away.

The win is Allmendinger’s seventeen at the Xfinity level and sixth on an oval. He also won at COTA in March.

“I love winning on ovals because I know a lot of people doubt me on an oval,” Allmendinger remarked.

Mason Massey finished thirty-second in his first Xfinity start of 2023. At Emerling-Gase Motorsports, David Starr was thirtieth in his maiden race for the team while co-owner Joey Gase took over for C.J. McLaughlin after his practice crash and placed one spot behind.

Race results

Finish Start Number Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Status
1 11 10 A.J. Allmendinger* Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 196 Running
2 5 98 Riley Herbst Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 196 Running
3 34 1 Sam Mayer JR Motorsports Chevrolet 196 Running
4 7 21 Austin Hill Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 196 Running
5 23 8 Josh Berry JR Motorsports Toyota 196 Running
6 21 20 John Hunter Nemechek Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 196 Running
7 6 28 Zane Smith* RSS Racing Ford 196 Running
8 33 11 Daniel Hemric Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 196 Running
9 1 00 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 196 Running
10 10 31 Parker Retzlaff Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 196 Running
11 13 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Team Chevrolet 196 Running
12 2 16 Chandler Smith Kaulig Racing Chevrolet 196 Running
13 12 27 Jeb Burton Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet 196 Running
14 26 25 Brett Moffitt AM Racing Ford 196 Running
15 16 7 Justin Allgaier JR Motorsports Chevrolet 196 Running
16 20 26 Kaz Grala Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 196 Running
17 19 2 Sheldon Creed Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 195 Running
18 32 4 Kyle Weatherman JD Motorsports Chevrolet 195 Running
19 14 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Ford 195 Running
20 35 6 Brennan Poole JD Motorsports Chevrolet 195 Running
21 17 38 Joe Graf Jr. RSS Racing Ford 195 Running
22 24 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 195 Running
23 28 78 Anthony Alfredo B.J. McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet 195 Running
24 15 9 Brandon Jones JR Motorsports Chevrolet 195 Running
25 9 29 Kyle Sieg RSS Racing Ford 195 Running
26 27 02 Blaine Perkins Our Motorsports Chevrolet 194 Running
27 30 45 Jeffrey Earnhardt Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 194 Running
28 25 43 Ryan Ellis Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet 194 Running
29 22 91 Chad Chastain* DGM Racing Chevrolet 194 Running
30 36 35 David Starr Emerling-Gase Motorsports Chevrolet 193 Running
31 37 53 Joey Gase Emerling-Gase Motorsports Ford 193 Running
32 31 08 Mason Massey SS-Green Light Racing Ford 186 Running
33 29 92 Josh Williams DGM Racing Chevrolet 111 Alternator
34 3 18 Sammy Smith Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 68 Accident
35 38 24 Connor Mosack Sam Hunt Racing Toyota 61 DVP
36 8 77 Carson Hocevar* Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 53 Accident
37 4 19 Ty Gibbs* Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 53 Accident
38 18 07 Stefan Parsons SS-Green Light Racing Chevrolet 0 Accident
39 44 Sage Karam Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet
DNQ 66 Chad Finchum MBM Motorsports Ford
DNQ 74 Dawson Cram CHK Racing Chevrolet
Italics – Competing for Rookie of the Year
* – Ineligible for points
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