AJ Allmendinger will kiss the bricks after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Saturday, July 30.
Allmendinger overcame a long pit stop early on, got the lead on lap 45 and never looked back en route to the victory.
It’s the No. 16 Kaulig Racing driver’s third win of the season and 13th of his career.
“God I love this place,” Allmendinger said after the race. “Indy, baby, let’s go!
“Can’t thank everybody at Kaulig Racing, all the men and women. We struggled, we’ve worked hard to get a little bit better. This Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevy was really good. I knew Bowman was really good on the long runs, so I tried to gap him as much as I could. God, I love Indy.
“We win and lose as a team but I knew the way our car’s set up in traffic it’s not very good,” Allmendinger said about the slow pit stop at the beginning of the race. “We were having a little bit of brake issues as well. The guys recovered really well, just frustrating cause I knew we gave up stage points a little bit there as well to the guys we were fighting in the points. But at this point, points don’t mean a damn thing, we’re kissing the bricks, hell yeah.”
As soon as @AJDinger wrapped up his interview with us…
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During the race, some drivers encountered various issues.
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Both drivers’ days were ended early after their collision.
Then, a pair of Monster Energy cars encountered trouble after stage two went to green on lap 25. Josh Berry went three-wide in the middle between Herbst and Gibbs, sending Gibbs around in turn 1. Later that same lap, Berry tagged Herbst, who also spun, though his damage was a bit more severe.
But in the end, once Allmendinger got out front, no one could reach him. He led 42 circuits on the way to the win.
The Xfinity Series heads to the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway Saturday, Aug. 6. The New Holland 250 will air at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and the Motor Racing Network.
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