NASCAR Analyst Comments on Chaotic Xfinity Series Finish at the Bristol Motor Speedway

Published 09/19/2021, 2:06 AM EDT
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol has officially concluded, with AJ Allmendinger winning the race. However, the lap couple of laps descended into mayhem, especially at the front. This is because Allmendinger and Austin Cindric collided and crashed across the finish line. The initial contact saw the two drivers spin before the race winner got clobbered a couple of times.

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In light of the incident, NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds expressed his thoughts on the race. He confessed, I’ve been apart of NASCAR for over 4 decades. Not sure I’ve ever seen the winning driver interviewed at the infield care center!

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It is also crazy to see the two lead cars spinning in tandem across the finish line. Nevertheless, the win counted, and AJ Allmendinger ended the 2021 Xfinity Series regular season as the champion. Now, he and his rivals will be looking ahead to the Playoff stages.

What lies ahead for AJ Allmendinger in the Xfinity Series playoffs?

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With the Bristol race over, the paddock will head to Las Vegas for the opening round of the Playoffs. Allmendinger will be keen to keep up his winning momentum and cement his place in the next round, early. On the other end of the scale, the likes of Austin Cindric and Justin Allgaier will be keen to not let him get away so easily.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

In the Xfinity arena, only the Top 12 qualify for the Playoffs, as opposed to 16 in the Cup Series. It explains why the Xfinity Series playoffs start later than its Cup and Truck counterparts. However, these playoffs are just as important, as it determines who will be the eventual champion.

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Whatever happens, this will be Allmendinger’s career-best finish in the Xfinity Series. The highest he ever finished in the championship was 24th in the 2020 season. While all that is going on, Austin Cindric will be eager to notch up a second consecutive Xfinity Series win. It will be his last chance before he graduates to the Cup Series with Team Penske.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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