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DAVISON: Allmendinger races from back to front to win Xfinity at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH, June 5 (by John Davison): A penalty for not meeting the minimum pit stop time late in the B&L Transport 170 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course could not stop AJ Allmendinger from tying Marcos Ambrose for the most wins on road courses in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at five wins each.

Rookie Ty Gibbs, fresh off of dominating the Xfinity race at Charlotte and the ARCA race Friday here at Mid-Ohio, led only once, for 16 laps, with Austin Cindric dominating the race with 30 laps led. Allmendinger led 23 laps, most notably the final seven laps after dropping to the back of the field for his pit stop penalty on lap 46, leaving only 32 laps, including the overtime, for him to retake the lead. He accomplished the feat on a restart, going three-wide to take the point from Cindric and Gibbs and then holding off the field for an overtime restart.

"I was going to fight until the checkered flag flew," said Allmendinger after the race. "I was shocked that Cindric took the outside. How lucky am I?"

Prior to this caution, Cindric had built a dominant lead of more than ten seconds and he looked like a sure race winner – but, when he got knocked off the track on the restart, he fell to the back of the field and he was only able to work his way up to 14th place by the time the race finished.

Gibbs was less complimentary of 'Dinger, saying that the: "16 (AJ Allmendinger) did us a little dirty there. I feel like there is a point, you know, we are racing in Xfinity cars at road courses. It's always going to be rough, but he took it to the next level. I guess I was a little torpedoed. I got the 22 (Austin Cindric) – knocked him out -- but yeah, I didn't really have anywhere to go. That's just part of it – part of the end of these races, things get rough. Next time, going forward. I know what I need to do and my guys are going to work hard."

Gibbs added this his car " just lacked a little grip and then 16 (AJ Allmendinger) took us three-wide there, but it's just frustrating. I really feel like there's not too much respect going on here, and I could care less about respect at all but it's just sort of like a point where there's sportsmen-like and after that, it's just dirty and that was dirty, but I mean, they dork around at Daytona. So I guess that's what they want to do, but moving forward I'm definitely going to be way more aggressive and use the bumper, maybe spin people out, but overall, just a good day. Kind of frustrating being first and second, third, just couldn't get it done. Kind of sucks."

Cindric leaves Mid-Ohio with a 96 point lead ahead of Allmendinger in the driver standings with Daniel Hemric third and Harrison Burton, followed by his cousin Jeb Burton, in fourth and fifth.

The next Xfinity race will be held a week from now on Saturday, June 12 at Texas Motor Speedway

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