NASCARNASCAR Xfinity SeriesAllmendinger Recovers from Pit Penalty at Road America

Allmendinger Recovers from Pit Penalty at Road America

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Twice AJ Allmendinger had to drive from the back to the front in his quest to make NASCAR Xfinity Series history.

The Kaulig Racing driver was ahead of the 13-car pile-up on Lap 25, giving him the opportunity to pit. While Allmendinger’s weren’t so lucky, the luck for the driver of the No. 16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet Camaro SS ran out. Exiting pit road, the Los Gatos, Calif. native was penalized for speeding. Allmendinger was forced to restart at the tail end of the field.

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#16: AJ Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet Camaro. Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

The chance to become the first driver in Xfinity Series history to win four road course races in a row slowly slipped away from the 40-year-old. Though Allmendinger quickly worked his way back into the top-10, his progress slowed. A hard-fought battle with Noah Gragson and Riley Herbst wasted valuable time. Even with the race in overtime, he couldn’t break into the top-five, the checkered flag waved with Allmendinger in sixth.

The recovery from the pit road speeding penalty was the second time in the Henry 180 at Road America that Allmendinger had to drive through the field. A brake issue in practice kept him from being able to qualify. To add insult to injury, the fix resulted in an unapproved adjustments penalty, keeping him in 38th when the race started.  He was one of 10 drivers that had to drop to the rear before the race.

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#54: Ty Gibbs, Joe Gibbs Racing, Monster Energy Toyota Supra and #16: AJ Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet Camaro. Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

Allmendinger stormed through the field in the first eight laps, reaching the top-10 when a Stage-ending caution waved.

The sixth-place finish is Allmendinger’s 14th top-10 finish this season. It’s also the 49th of his Xfinity Series career.

By virtue of his two victories earlier this season, Allmendinger is locked into the Xfinity Series playoffs. Though Ty Gibbs’ victory has narrowed the veteran’s points lead in the regular season standings down to just nine points.

Featured Photo Credit: Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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