Sunday, August 12, 2018
Allgaeir wins NASCAR race at Mid-Ohio track
Justin Allgaier passed rookie Austin Cindric with four laps left and held on Saturday to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Allgaier used the sixth restart of the race to squeeze by Cindric, then held off a challenge on the 72nd lap for his third series win of the year. He also won at Dover and Iowa for JR Motorsport.
Cindric, the pole-sitter for Team Penske, finished 2.05 seconds back after leading 59 of the 75 laps on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.
Daniel Hemric was third, followed by Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex. Series leader Christopher Bell was 11th.
Cindric built a seven-second lead before the fifth caution came out on the 60th lap. Cole Custer rubbed tires with Tyler Reddick, spinning him and causing a rear right flat tire for Reddick, who could not get his car off the course.
On the restart, Cindric raced clear of everyone, but Elliott Sadler spun Bell out of the way for second place.
Allgaier won the 20-lap first stage after Cindric led the first 17 laps before pitting, yielding the lead to him. It was Allgaier’s third stage win of the year. He fell off the pace by about two mph per lap and was 10th by Lap 40 after the completion of the second stage, which was won by Cindric.
Cindric regained the lead on the 22nd lap and held off the field on a restart on Lap 33 after a blown engine to the No. 39 car of Ryan Sieg.
Andy Lally took the lead from Cindric on the 44th lap following a restart for the fourth caution.
Cindric and Bell each passed Lally on the 50th lap. Lally was spun but regained control near the start/finish line on Lap 56 and finished 15th.
Cindric is the grandson of the late Jim Trueman, who once owned the track and was the car owner when Bobby Rahal won the 1986 Indianapolis 500. Trueman, the founder of Red Roof Inn, died of cancer 11 days later. Cindric’s mother was Trueman’s daughter and his father is the president of Team Penske.
Moffitt edges Sauter for fourth win of year
Brett Moffitt passed Jimmy Sauter just before the finish line Saturday at Michigan International Speedway for his fourth NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season.
Moffitt edged Sauter — the leader the previous 12 laps — by 0.025 seconds.
“Pretty amazing this little team’s gone to Victory Lane four times this year,” Moffitt said. “The whole last however- many laps I was behind [Sauter], I would get to him, but I would push him with that air bubble between our bumpers.
“So I tried to back up [Turn] 1, let him get out there a little bit, and I knew the 8 [third-place finisher John Hunter Nemechek’ was behind us. I was hoping he would actually get to us and be able to push us. But we were able to play it right and time it right. And, man, it’s just great to get here.”
Noah Gragson was fourth, and Todd Gilliland fifth after leading a race-high 18 laps.
Moffitt tied Sauter for the series victory lead.
Sauter leads the season standings with 625 points, 56 points ahead of second-place Gragson going into Thursday’s race at Bristol, Tennessee, the final event before the playoffs. Eight drivers qualify for the postseason.