Allgaier Edges Sadler in Epic Dover Battle

Justin Allgaier won Saturday’s OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway. His first win of the season and sixth of his career in the Xfinity series.┬áThe entire race seemed to be focused on the cars from JR Motorsports as Allgaier and teammate Elliott Sadler proved to be the class of the field.

Sadler made the first pass for the lead in the race 23 laps into stage 1 when he passed pole sitter Brandon Jones. Sadler would win the stage, his third on the season.

At the other end of the field was the JR Motorsports #9 car of Tyler Reddick. He never posted a qualifying lap earlier in the morning due to his car not getting through inspection in time. Despite starting in the back Reddick found his way into the top 10 within 20 laps.

Reddick would win the race off pit road following stage 1 and restarted alongside Matt Tifft who had stayed out. Fresh tires would prevail and Reddick would claim the lead rather quickly. The 9 enjoyed the lead for a short time but Allgaier’s #7 ran him down and on lap 77 for his first lead of the day. He would go on to win the stage.

Stage 3 would start with Jones back out front but Sadler would get back to the lead with 96 laps to go. Allgaier wasn’t far behind and he slid by his teammate just six laps later. The final stretch of the race saw a rash of cautions but restart after restart Allgaier held his lead.

The final green flag flew with 28 laps to go following a wreck involving Ty Majeski and Dylan Lupton. Allgaier got a solid jump on the restart but it didn’t take long for Sadler to get to his bumper. The two teammates remained in close quarter lap after lap but Sadler couldn’t complete the pass. Finally as they made their way through turns 3 and 4 on the last lap Sadler made a last ditch effort and drove in deep. He got to Allgaier’s door and made contact. Both slid towards the outside wall exiting for but the 7 kept his edge and won the race to the line.

In addition to the race victory Allgaier also won the $100,000 Xfinity Dash4Cash bonus, something Sadler had won the past two weeks.

Results for the OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway:

1. Justin Allagier
2. Elliott Sadler
3. Daniel Hemric
4. Christopher Bell
5. Tyler Reddick
6. Johnny Sauter
7. Noah Gragson
8. Matt Tifft
9. Austin Cindric
10. Brandon Jones
11. Ryan Truex
12. Jeb Burton
13. Cole Custer
14. John Hunter Nemechek
15. Michael Annett
16. Ross Chastain
17. Ryan Sieg
18. Jeremy Clements
19. Ryan Reed
20. Joey Gase
21. Alex Labbe
22. Vinnie Miller
23. BJ McLeod
24. Dylan Lupton
25. Chad Finchum
26. David Starr
27. Ray Black II
28. Brandon Brown
29. Josh Bilicki
30. Spencer Boyd
31. Joe Nemechek
32. Garrett Smithley
33. Stephen Leicht
34. Ty Majeski
35. Timmy Hill
36. JJ Yaley
37. Kaz Grala
38. Morgan Shepherd
39. Carl Long
40. Jeff Green

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