Justin Allgaier takes Xfinity race at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on Saturday, pulling away over the final five laps to pick up his second victory in three weeks.

Allgaier held a 5.4-second advantage over second-place Matt Tifft to take a tense race filled with bumps, scrapes and spin-outs around the 14-turn course on Saturday. Daniel Hemric was third.

Allgaier took advantage of late-race commotion to pick up another road course win following a victory two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio.

Second behind points leader Christopher Bell coming into the weekend, Allgaier picked up his fourth victory overall this season.

“I never would have thought we could have a dream season like this one,” he said with a smile after wiping sweat off his forehead. “Two road courses … would you believe that?”

NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott finished 20th after coming out of retirement to take his first ride Xfinity ride around Road America. The 62-year-old Elliott started 23rd, then climbed up to 17th before spinning out and falling back.

“It was a heck of a lot of fun,” Elliott said.

The old-school driver would have loved the racing at the front of the field.

With three laps to go, second-place James Davison and third-place Justin Marks were jockeying for position trying desperately to catch Allgaier when their cars spun out around a tight left turn.

Tifft blew past Davison and Marks. But no one could catch Allgaier, who started 11th and was second to points leader Christopher Bell coming into the weekend.

Allgaier picked up another win on a road course following a victory two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio. Allgaier picked up his fourth victory overall this season.

It was an entertaining race for NASCAR during an off week for the top-level Cup circuit.

Most of the attention coming into the race fell on Road America rookies like Elliott. British racer Katherine Legge, who was driving in her second NASCAR race, finished 14th.

IndyCar driver Conor Daly, who was making his NASCAR debut, finished 31st. A suspension issue forced his No. 6 Ford into the garage after 35 laps.

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