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06/23/13
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Allmendinger wins Nationwide race at Road America  
Rebuilding AJ Allmendinger's image
AJ Allmendinger won the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race of his career, surviving a grinding, thrilling race at Road America that saw leaders and contenders get wiped out in a variety of factors throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Allmendinger led 29 laps in the Johnsonville Sausage 200 presented by Menards. He emerged from a spirited battle with a handful of drivers in a finish that included two attempts at green-white-checkered finish.

The initial green-white-checkered finish was stopped via a caution flag (the eighth of the day) when Michael Annett spun out into the grass, and couldn’t get his car back onto the course. It also wreaked havoc on the meticulously planned fuel strategies.

The late-race fireworks led to bumping, banging and passing in a frenetic finish that extended past the advertised distance.

Engine issues, spinouts and empty fuel cells all contributed to an unpredictable race on the 4.048-mile road course, the longest on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit.

Rounding out the top five were Justin Allgaier, Parker Kligerman, Owen Kelly and Sam Hornish Jr.

Among the previous incidents, Kelly, a road-course specialist brought in to drive the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54, contributed to a litany of the issues. He bumped series points leader Regan Smith on Lap 47,sending Smith into Billy Johnson and bringing out the sixth caution of the night.

Earlier in the race, Kelly tapped leader Kligerman on Lap 19, sending Kligerman’s No. 77 Toyota into the gravel pit. Kligerman deftly kept his car moving and away from the tire barrier, but his No. 77 Toyota was in 28th place when he steered it back onto the track (making his final showing all the more impressive).

Another favorite, Michael McDowell, went behind the wall on Lap 4 with an engine problem. His No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota shut off coming out of Turn 5 when McDowell was running in the top three.

McDowell, who finished second in the race here last year, couldn’t get it refired and his car eventually came to a stop on the uphill leading into Turn 6.

Eventually, McDowell flipped the engine over to drive it to the garage, and the eventual diagnosis was a broken distributor. When McDowell came back on the track, he was in 37th place and five laps down.

Results

Pos Driver Car # Make Start Laps Laps Led Status
1 AJ Allmendinger 22 Ford 1 55 29 Running
2 Justin Allgaier 31 Chevrolet 4 55 1 Running
3 Parker Kligerman 77 Toyota 3 55 4 Running
4 Owen Kelly 54 Toyota 2 55 8 Running
5 Sam Hornish Jr 12 Ford 8 55 2 Running
6 Brian Vickers 20 Toyota 9 55 0 Running
7 Kyle Larson 32 Chevrolet 13 55 0 Running
8 Cole Whitt 44 Toyota 17 55 0 Running
9 Elliott Sadler 11 Toyota 22 55 0 Running
10 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet 14 55 0 Running
11 Brendan Gaughan 21 Chevrolet 26 55 0 Running
12 Johnny O'Connell 5 Chevrolet 12 55 0 Running
13 Mike Wallace 01 Chevrolet 31 55 0 Running
14 James Buescher 34 Chevrolet 29 55 1 Running
15 Billy Johnson 16 Ford 7 55 10 Running
16 Travis Pastrana 60 Ford 19 55 0 Running
17 Max Papis 33 Chevrolet 10 55 0 Running
18 Kenny Habul 75 Toyota 28 55 0 Running
19 Stanton Barrett 23 Ford 25 55 0 Running
20 Brian Scott 2 Chevrolet 18 55 0 Running
21 Nelson Piquet Jr 30 Chevrolet 6 55 0 Running
22 Kevin O'Connell 74 Chevrolet 37 55 0 Running
23 Jeremy Clements 51 Chevrolet 24 55 0 Running
24 Alex Bowman 99 Toyota 15 55 0 Running
25 Dexter Stacey 92 Ford 40 55 0 Running
26 Jeffrey Earnhardt 79 Ford 32 55 0 Running
27 Eric McClure 14 Toyota 35 55 0 Running
28 John Young 26 Dodge 34 55 0 Running
29 Andrew Ranger 53 Dodge 21 55 0 Running
30 Trevor Bayne 6 Ford 11 55 0 Running
31 Kyle Kelley 87 Chevrolet 27 54 0 Running
32 Regan Smith 7 Chevrolet 16 54 0 Running
33 Mike Bliss 19 Toyota 23 53 0 Overheating
34 Michael McDowell 18 Toyota 5 52 0 Running
35 Michael Annett 43 Ford 20 50 0 Accident
36 Derek White 24 Toyota 38 37 0 Oil Leak
37 Reed Sorenson 40 Chevrolet 33 31 0 -
38 Tony Raines 70 Toyota 39 20 0 Rear Gear
39 Landon Cassill 4 Chevrolet 30 7 0 Engine
40 Jeff Green 10 Toyota 36 2 0 Brakes

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