NXS Race Recap: AJ Allmendinger scores dominant win in Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard


Photo: AJ Appeal


July 30, 2022

By Reid Spencer

NASCAR Wire Service

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff is still six races away, but AJ Allmendinger has already clinched one title.

With his victory in Saturday’s Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard, the driver of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet is the undisputed King of the Road.

Allmendinger was an irresistible force at the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. He led 42 of the 62 laps and overcame a fraught 25-second pit stop that dropped him from the lead to 13th for a restart on Lap 19.

The victory was Allmendinger’s third of the season—all on road courses—and his fourth win in the last five Xfinity Series races on circuits that turn right as well as left, dating to his triumph in last year’s fall event at the Charlotte Roval.

Allmendinger passed runner-up Alex Bowman for the lead after a restart on Lap 45, staying alongside Bowman’s No. 17 Chevrolet though Turn 1 and pulling clear through Turn 2. Allmendinger crossed the finish line 2.084 seconds ahead of the Hendrick Motorsports driver.

“God, I love this place,” exclaimed Allmendinger, who won last year’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the vaunted Brickyard and will defend that victory in Sunday’s Verizon 200 (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

“I knew Bowman was really good at the long runs, and so I tried to gap him as much as I could. God, I love Indy!”

Allmendinger lost track position on the Lap 16 pit stop when his crew had difficulty changing the right rear tire. But the 40-year-old driver from Los Gatos, Calif., fought through traffic and advanced to third for a restart on Lap 29.

He went three-wide to the inside on that restart and had the lead as he exited Turn 1.

“We gave up stage points a little bit there as well, to the guys we’re fighting for points,” Allmendinger said. “But you know what? Points don’t mean a damn thing—we’re kissing the bricks. Hell, yeah!”

Bowman began to cut into Allmendinger’s lead late in the final 18-lap run green-flag run but ran out of time.

“I probably was a little too nice on that last restart,” said Bowman, who was running his first Xfinity Series race since 2018. “I knew he was going to be better than us firing off… At the end, we were definitely running him down—just not enough laps.”

Justin Allgaier passed Ross Chastain on the final lap to secure third place, with Chastain holding fourth. Chase Briscoe came home fifth, followed by Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, Austin Hill and Noah Gragson.

Gragson won the first stage of the race and fellow JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry claimed victory in Stage 2.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race - 19th Annual Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Indianapolis, Indiana

Saturday, July 30, 2022

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, Chevrolet, 62.

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

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

10. (7) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 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, Chevrolet, 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, Engine, 28.

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

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

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

Average Speed of Race Winner: 77.825 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 56 Mins, 35 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.084 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 4 for 11 laps.

Lead Changes: 8 among 6 drivers.

Lap 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. Berry 38-42;A. Bowman(i) 43-44;A. Allmendinger 45-62.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): AJ Allmendinger 3 times for 42 laps; Noah Gragson 1 time for 6 laps; Josh Berry 1 time for 5 laps; Justin Allgaier 1 time for 4 laps; Alex Bowman(i) 2 times for 4 laps; Ty Gibbs 1 time for 1 lap.

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