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Cindric holds off Allmendinger for Xfinity Series victory at Road America

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a car on the road: Cindric holds off Allmendinger for Xfinity Series victory at Road America © Stacy Revere Getty Images Cindric holds off Allmendinger for Xfinity Series victory at Road America Austin Cindric showcased his road-course prowess once again by winning Saturday‘s Henry 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America.

But it wasn‘t an easy task for Cindric in the closing laps. A caution was displayed on Lap 39 of the 45-lap event when Scott Heckert spun into a gravel trap. Cindric and a host of others elected to pit under the caution period, but four drivers — Preston Pardus, Ryan Sieg, Josh Bilicki and Mike Wallace — made the decision to stay out.

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Cindric made it up to third with four laps remaining, but another caution was displayed shortly after the restart for a crash involving Justin Allgaier, Jeremy Clements, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Myatt Snider.

Cindric was able to make quick work of Pardus and Sieg after the restart with two laps to go, passing both cars going into Turn 1. The No. 22 Team Penske driver was challenged by AJ Allmendinger during the last two circuits but sealed his fourth victory of the 2020 season and his third career road-course triumph. It‘s Cindric‘s fourth win in the past five races after a second-place finish at Kansas Speedway.

Allmendinger finished second as Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala and Andy Lally rounded out the top five.

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Cindric started on the pole position and led the first 10 laps before the red flag was displayed for lightning within the vicinity of the course located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The red-flag period was lengthy as NASCAR officials attempted to restart the race but were forced to take another 30-minute hold due to lightning.

Rain also hit the 4.048-mile course during the red-flag period, which meant teams elected to put on rain tires before the race was restarted on Lap 12. Justin Haley earned the Stage 1 victory after passing Cindric shortly after the restart as rain continued to lightly fall.

Pit-road strategy during the first stage break mixed up the leaderboard with Bilicki leading laps when the race was restarted for Stage 2. The lead was swapped between Bilicki and Noah Gragson and Alex Labbe before Allmendinger then took the lead away from Labbe on Lap 22.

Drivers made a round of pit stops to swap out the rain tires for regular slick tires during the closing laps of the second stage as the track began to dry, but a caution was displayed with three laps remaining for Jesse Little‘s spin into a gravel trap.

Allmendinger won Stage 2 under caution as teammates Ross Chastain and Haley completed a Kaulig Racing 1-2-3 sweep.

The Xfinity Series will be in action Aug. 15 for the UNOH 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

This story will be updated.


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