During the final of the regular season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, in Bristol, neither Austin Cindric nor AJ Allmendinger wanted to give up, it was ultimately the latter who snatched the victory. Both cross the finish line and the Kaulig Racing driver will even hit the wall, which will earn him a passage through the circuit medical center.
Between Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger the stakes were high during theOvertime which concluded the Bristol race. Besides the victory in this night race, there was the title of champion of the regular season to recover and therefore additional bonus points for the playoffs.
For the relaunch Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier choose the outside line, AJ Allmendinger takes the inside. Less than a lap later, AJ Allmendinger leans on Austin Cindric in turns three and four. The Kaulig Racing driver then fell to third position, but contact between Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier allowed AJ Allmendinger to return to the fight for victory and overtake his two rivals from the inside.
However, the fight for the checkered flag is not over and in the last corner Austin Cindric tries everything and hooks AJ Allmendinger. The two drivers crossed the line and it was finally AJ Allmendinger who won by 82 thousandths of a second before smashing his Chevrolet into the interior wall. With this victory, AJ Allmendinger wins the title of champion of the regular season.
It’s frustrating to hit so hard under the checkered flag, but we were fighting for the win. It’s Bristol. I haven’t had the chance to win often in Bristol, so when you have the chance, you grab the chance.
We have had a great battle throughout the season. Congratulations to the Kaulig (Racing) and AJ (Allmendinger).
This first Bristol victory for AJ Allmendinger is also his fourth of the season as well as his ninth in his career. In the end, AJ Allmendinger will only have led one lap out of the 306 covered in these Food City 300, but the most important.
Riley Herbst finally finished in third place ahead of Justin Allgaier, Brandon Jones, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Myatt Snider, Sam Mayer and Daniel Hemric.
The twelve drivers who will compete for the title in the next seven races are Austin Cindric, AJ Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton, Harrison Burton, Myatt Snider, Brandon Jones, Riley Herbst and Jeremy Clements . Forced to withdraw from Bristol and replaced by Josh Berry for this race, Michael Annett misses his qualification for the playoffs.
As far as owners are concerned, the situation is different, as the # 54 Toyota Camry from Joe Gibbs Racing is qualified, as is the # 1 Chevrolet Camaro from JR Motorsports. These qualifications are at the expense of Toyota n ° 19 and Ford n ° 98. At the end of the Phoenix race, the drivers ‘champion and the owners’ champion could therefore not belong to the same team.
The Food City 300 at a glance
Next week, the XFINITY will begin its playoffs at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.