WATCH: AJ Allmendinger Wins NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Michigan International Speedway

Published 08/23/2021, 6:00 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


On Saturday, AJ Allmendinger stormed to victory at the Michigan International Speedway. This is his third Xfinity Series win of the season and probably the sweetest. This was because championship leader Austin Cindric had a bad day in the office. Although he still retained the lead, Allmendinger inched closer, with four races until the playoffs.

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As soon as he crossed the finish line, the driver celebrated in front of the fans with a burnout. He later clambered out of the car and headed to the fence to celebrate with the fans. His first two victories came at Las Vegas and Mid-Ohio and he is sitting pretty in second place in the title race.

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How did AJ Allmendinger win at the Michigan International Speedway?

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Of course, the Kaulig Racing driver did not have things easy during this triumph. In fact, he just about managed to survive three overtime restarts and Brandon Jones hustling him all the way to the finish. To make matters even better, this triumph comes a week after he scored a shock victory at Indianapolis in the Cup Series.

Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads Noah Gragson (9) and Daniel Hemric (8) during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

“Wow, what a hell of a six days,” Allmendinger told NBC. “Oh my goodness. This is what’s awesome, though, to have all the fans back. Indy last weekend was spectacular. Michigan, thank you guys. You guys make it fun. I’m more tired from the celebrations than I am from driving.”

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Behind him on the track were Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, Josh Berry, and Harrison Burton. On the restart, Berry led the pack, but Allmendinger made short work of him. However, there was another crash, which sent the race into overtime. Unfortunately, he was not out of the woods yet, with more yellow flags extending the overtime. In the end, Allmendinger soaked up the pressure and took his eighth career Xfinity victory.

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