After multiple restarts, AJ Allmendinger drove to his fourth straight win at the Charlotte Roval in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“We stole that one,” said Allmendinger in a post race interview. “It’s unbelievable. All the credit goes to the all the men and women at Kaulig Racing.”
Ty Gibbs would hold off Allmendinger for multiple restarts. With three laps to go Allmendinger finally drove past Gibbs on a restart and wouldn’t look back.
Allmendinger won stage one. Brandon Jones, who needed all the points he could get, won stage two. Jones advanced to the round of eight by just two points.
The first two stages were relatively calm. Kris Wright brought out the first caution with a nasty wreck in turn one on lap 10.
Daniel Hemric saw his playoff hopes vanish as he spun on lap three while in third place. Hemric ended the round of 12 nine points below the cut line.
With this being a cut-off race to the round of eight, the intensity picked up in the final stage.
Teammates Anthony Alfredo and Jeb Burton tangled, with Burton sent spinning off Alfredo’s bumper.
Riley Herbst ran a clean race until he had contact with James Davidson on a restart. This would be the beginning of the end for Herbst playoff hopes. He would later be involved in a massive pile up. The nail in the coffin came when Herbst made major contact with an inside wall.
Herbst ended the round of 12 20 points below the cut line.
Ryan Sieg had a solid top-ten run, finishing ninth. Even with a good finish, Sieg missed the round of eight by just two points.
The Xfinity Series Playoff picture looks like this heading into the Round of 8: