How AJ Allmendinger, Grant Enfinger grew up in Indianapolis

AJ Allmendinger continues to make road courses his personal playgrounds on the Xfinity Series. His easy win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield circuit on Saturday was his third NASCAR road win this year in three races; All told, eight of his 13 Xfinity wins in his career were on road courses.

This one was something of a route.

Driving a Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing, the former open-wheel star led three times for 42 of 62 laps (including the last 18) in the Pennzoil 151. He won by more than two seconds over Alex Bowman, Justin Allgaier, Ross Chastain, and Chase Briscoe. The back-5 in the 62-lap 151-mile race on the 2.439-mile 14-turn circuit were Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill and Noah Gragson.

Allmendinger’s dominance left only 20 laps for the rest of the field. Gragson led six laps, Josh Berry five, Bowman and Allgaier four each and Gibbs one. Those six drivers swapped the lead eight times, but there was little doubt that Allmendinger was the class of the field. Bowman was faster on long runs, but Allmendinger had built a significant cushion that Bowman was unable to overcome.

The win continued Allmendinger’s impressive performance this year. He opened the season with 12 consecutive top-10 finishes and had added five more in the last eight races. Among them were road race wins over COTA and Portland International. He takes a 17-point lead over Allgaier and a 30-point lead over Gibbs in next weekend’s New Holland 250 Xfinity Series race at Michigan Speedway.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

19th Annual Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard

Results

1. (1) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 62.

2. (4) Alex Bowman(i), Chevrolet, 62.

3. (10) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 62.

4. (18) Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 62.

5. (6) Chase Briscoe(i), Ford, 62.

6. (3) Riley Herbst, Ford, 62.

7. (5) Sam Mayer, Chevy, 62.

8. (2) Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 62.

9. (9) Austin Hill#, Chevrolet, 62.

10. (7) Noah Gragson, Chevy, 62.

11. (11) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 62.

12. (14) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 62.

13. (12) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 62.

14. (8) Josh Berry, Chevrolet, 62.

15. (36) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 62.

16. (17) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 62.

17. (30) Santino Ferrucci, Toyota, 62.

18. (26) Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, 62.

19. (29) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 62.

20. (27) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 62.

21. (34) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, 62.

22. (16) Daniel Hemric, Chevy, 62.

23. (15) Sheldon Creed#, Chevrolet, 62.

24. (19) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 62.

25. (22) Andy Lally, Ford, 62.

26. (20) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 62.

27. (31) Ryan Sieg, Ford, 62.

28. (35) Patrick Gallagher, Ford, 62.

29. (23) Preston Pardus, Chevrolet, 62.

30. (28) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 62.

31. (32) Scott Heckert, Chevrolet, 62.

32. (24) Kaz Grala(i), Chevrolet, 61.

33. (25) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 61.

34. (38) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, Suspension, 58.

35. (13) Bubba Wallace(i), Toyota, Motor, 28.

36. (33) Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, Accident, 17.

37. (37) Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, Accident, 11.

38. (21) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, Track Bar, 0.

Race winner average speed: 77.825 km/h.

Time of race: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 35 seconds. Winning margin: 2.084 seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 11 rounds.

Lead changes: 8 out of 6 drivers.

Tour leaders: A. Allmendinger 1-15;T. Gibbs 16;N. Gragson 17-22;A. Bowman(i) 23-24; J. Allgaier 25-28;A. Allmendinger 29-37;J. Bb 38-42;A. Bowman(i) 43-44;A. Allmendinger 45-62.

Leader summary (driver, lead times, laps led): AJ Allmendinger 3 times over 42 laps; Noah Gragson 1 time for 6 rounds; Josh Berry 1 time for 5 rounds; Justin Allgaier 1 time for 4 laps; Alex Bowman(i) 2 times over 4 rounds; Ty Gibbs 1 time for 1 round.

Stage #1 Top ten: 9.31,17,7,98,54,8,2,16,1

Stage #2 Top ten: 8.36,48,45,91,6,4,23,34,38

nascar camping world truck series tsport 200

Grant Enfinger greets some fans after his win on Friday.

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Enfinger Progress in Truck Playoffs

The Camping World Truck Series opened the Playoff Series Friday night with a 207-lap race at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis. The TSport 200 was scheduled for 200 laps, but was extended to 207 due to overtime.

Grant Enfinger survived the wild overtime, beating reigning series champion Ben Rhodes, Zack Smith, Stewart Friesen, Corey Heim, Tyler Ankrum, Layne Riggs, Ty Majeski, Matt Crafton and pole winner John Hunter Nemechek.

Nemechek (75 laps), Majeski (71) and Carson Hocevar (34) were in the front for most of the night, three of the six leaders who swapped the lead 12 times. But while Enfinger only led four times over 13 laps, he came too late to lead the last two to win by half a second. The race was unusually sloppy, with 10 warnings for 78 of the 207 laps.

The trucks will be released next weekend before heading to Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Saturday evening, August 13. Zane Smith is 14 points ahead of Rhodes in the standings, with Enfinger and Friesen trailing 22

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race

Inaugural TSport 200

Results

1. (5) Grant Enfinger (P), Chevrolet, 207.

2. (9) Ben Rhodes (P), Toyota, 207.

3. (21) Zane Smith (P), Ford, 207.

4. (8) Stewart Friesen (P), Toyota, 207.

5. (4) Corey Heim # (P), Toyota, 207.

6. (11) Tyler Ankrum, Toyota, 207.

7. (23) Layne Riggs, Toyota, 207.

8. (6) Ty Majeski (P), Toyota, 207.

9. (16) Matt Crafton (P), Toyota, 207.

10. (1) John Hunter Nemechek (P), Toyota, 207.

11. (18) Matt DiBenedetto, Chevrolet, 207.

12. (15) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 207.

13. (17) Hailie Deegan, Ford, 207.

14. (10) Derek Kraus, Chevrolet, 207.

15. (36) Jesse Little, Chevrolet, 207.

16. (3) Christian Eckes (P), Toyota, 207.

17. (31) Timmy Hill, Toyota, 207.

18. (2) Chandler Smith (P), Toyota, 207.

19. (20) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 207.

20. (27) Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 207.

21. (7) Carson Hocevar (P), Chevrolet, 207.

22. (13) Taylor Gray (P), Ford, 207.

23. (14) Tanner Gray, Ford, 207.

24. (34) Chris Hacker, Toyota, 207.

25. (19) Jack Wood#, Chevrolet, 207.

26. (26) Blaine Perkins#, Chevrolet, 207.

27. (33) Chase Purdy, Toyota, 206.

28. (24) Jake Garcia, Chevrolet, 206.

29. (25) Dean Thompson#, Chevrolet, 204.

30. (30) Chad Chastain, Chevrolet, 204.

31. (28) Kris Wright, Chevrolet, 204.

32. (12) Colby Howard, Chevrolet, Accident, 190.

33. (35) Josh Reaume, Toyota, too slow, 153.

34. (22) Lawless Alan #, Chevrolet, Accident, 147.

35. (32) Blake Lothian, Chevrolet, Driveshaft, 72.

36. (29) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, Accident, 9.

Race winner average speed: 69,961 km/h.

Time of race: 2 hours, 1 min, 47 sec. Margin of victory: 0.477 seconds.

Caution Flags: 10 for 78 rounds.

Lead changes: 12 out of 6 drivers.

Round leaders: J. Nemechek (P) 1-64;C. Smith (P) 65-70;C. Hol (P) 71-104;G. Finger (P) 105-109;C. Smith (P) 110-116;T. Majeski (P) 117-157;G. Finger (P) 158;T. Majeski (P) 159-188; G. Finger (P) 189-193; J. Nemechek (P) 194-197; T. Gray (P) 198;J. Nemechek (P) 199-205;G. Finger (P) 206-207.

Leader summary (driver, lead times, laps led): John Hunter Nemechek (P) 3 times over 75 laps; Ty Majeski (P) 2 times over 71 laps; Carson Hocevar (P) 1 time for 34 laps; Chandler Smith (P) 2 times over 13 laps; Grant Enfinger (P) 4 times over 13 laps; Taylor Gray (P) 1 time for 1 round.

Stage #1 Top ten: 4,18,42,52,23,99,51,66,38,98

Stage #2 Top ten: 66,23,99,42,38,51,52,18,16,91

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