TC Daily Pit Stop: Allmendinger Wins Wild Xfinity Race; Custer Miffed at NASCAR; Lapcevich Rolls in Pinty's; Love Wins ARCA at Elko; Sunday's TV Schedule!
TC Daily Pit Stop: Sunday, June 25th, 2023
There was carnage around every corner throughout Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway, and in the end, AJ Allmendinger, who suffered damage in one of the crashes during the day cruised to his 17th career NASCAR Xfinity Series win.
Saturday’s race marked Allmendinger’s third start of the year in Xfinity and it was his second win. At the start of the second Stage, Allmendinger was collected in a crash involving Ty Gibbs and Austin Hill at the front of the pack.
However, the damage seemingly improved Allmendinger’s car down the stretch and he blasted around Parker Kligerman for the lead with 20 laps to go. He never looked back.
While AJ Allmendinger was happy as he scored another win, Cole Custer was left seething. The driver of the No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang, who started from the pole and was in contention for the win all race long, was one of the cars that Allmendinger blew by in the closing laps of the race.
Custer was miffed that NASCAR didn’t require Allmendinger’s Kaulig Racing team to fix damage that was causing the No. 10 car to be head-and-shoulders faster than everybody else in the field. Custer says that NASCAR required him and his team to do it back at Auto Club Speedway in February.
“Just pretty livid to finish ninth with a race car that I think should have won,” Custer pointed sharply. “Pretty frustrated with that, you know, losing Playoff Points, and everything just — I don’t think it was a very fair race there at the end. I love [NASCAR Xfinity Series Director] Wayne [Auton], I love everybody at NASCAR. I’m just frustrated, it’s just frustrating.”
Jesse Love got his retribution on William Sawalich over what he felt to be excessive contact for the win a week ago at Berlin Raceway, as Love nudged his way past Sawalich for the lead on Lap 150, and then Sawalich was turned by Sean Hingorani.
Love would lead 233 of the 250 laps on the night at Elko Speedway, and he would hold off Sawalich, who was charging hard in the closing laps.
Video: Love Sideswipes Sawalich; Hingorani Then Turns Sawalich
Video: Frankie Muniz Crashes Hard at Elko Speedway
Over in Canada, we are being treated to a showcase of domination like we haven’t seen in modern day NASCAR racing. 19-year-old Treyten Lapcevich scored his third win in the opening four races of the 2023 NASCAR Pinty’s Series season, this time at Eastbound International Speedway.
The one finish Lapcevich has that wasn’t a win this year was a second-place effort at Chaudiere.
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