The NASCAR XFINITY series took on the twists and turns of a long Road America track, and just like the last time the NXS raced on a road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Justin Allgaier battled back from mid-race contact that left him off the track to win the race
His fourth win of the season, the victory gives Allgaier the lead in the NXS regular season points.
Matt Tifft brought home the second position, Daniel Hemric drove through the field after being spun to finish third, Cole Custer ended the day in fourth and Elliott Sadler was fifth.
Justin Marks settled for sixth after spinning with James Davison while battling for second. Ross Chastain finished seventh, Davison came home in eighth, Brandon Jones was ninth and Andy Lally rounded out the top 10.
Stage one of the race ended with a one-lap dash, and Tifft was able to hold off a hard-charging Christopher Bell to win the stage.
Austin Cindric took the lead at the start of stage two, as he had not stopped for tires all race long up to that point. Cindric had dominated at Mid-Ohio, and his skills carried over to Wisconsin as he pulled away to start the stage. A couple of laps later, Hemric was up to second and hounding Cindric for the lead. But then, Cindric’s engine gave out, forcing the leader to to stall on the track, bringing out the third caution.
Hemric was able to hold off Davison on the final restart of stage and pulled the No. 21 car to a stage two victory over Tifft in second.
Stage three had a hectic start as the the top 10 to start the stage had not pitted between stage two and three. Brendan Gaughan pulled away to the lead before Tifft ran to the front as a caution for fluid left on the track by Tyler Reddick sent Ryan Truex spinning and bringing out the caution.
Allgaier stayed out after stopping a few laps before, and he and Davison battled for the lead until a caution came out for a crash by Josh Bilicki with nine laps to go, bringing the field back together for some late-race drama.
Davison took the lead on the restart after getting a great jump, but a mistake in the braking zone allowed Allgaier to get back by the No. 18 to take the lead back with seven to go.
With five laps to go, Tifft was battling with Christopher Bell for third when Tifft made contact with Bell, sending the points leader spinning in a crucial move that could play a big factor in the regular season championship, as Bell eventually fell to five points behind Allgaier in the standings.
Then, Justin Marks made an aggressive move to the inside of Davison going into a right-hander for second place that ended in a synchronized spin by the two cars, allowing Tifft and Custer to complete the top three.
The NASCAR XFINITY Series heads to Darlington Raceway next week.
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