Chasing the weather once again, the Xfinity Series takes to the track at Dover International Speedway for the OneMain Financial 200 in race number two of a triple header weekend.
Early Saturday morning the drivers headed for the NASCAR inspection tent and qualifying to set the field for the race.
Forty-one teams brought cars to Dover, but only 40 of them will make the field.
It is also the final weekend for the “Dash-4-Cash” races with Elliott Sadler, Brandon Jones, Ryan Sieg, and Justin Allgaier all competing for a $100,000 prize.
After it was announced earlier in the week that Spencer Gallagher has been suspended indefinitely, Johnny Sauter will be driving the number 23 car.
When round one of qualifying begins there are still several drivers waiting for their cars to make it through inspection…some multiple times. At the end of round one in qualifying; Cole Custer, Michael Annett, Tyler Reddick, Joe Nemechek, Christopher Bell, John Hunter Nemechek – in a backup car -, David Starr, Stehpen Leicht, and Mike Harmon.
As a result of not being able to make a qualifying run, Mike Harmon will not make the race.
After three rounds of qualifying, Brandon Jones wins the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.
The starting lineup for the OneMain Financial 200:
Ray Black Jr
John Hunter Nemechek – moved to the back of the field in a backup car
Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 110 laps for a total of 200 miles around the one mile concrete track.
Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon will join Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip in the FOX broadcast booth for the race.
Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane and edges out Noah Gragson for the lead.
Matt Tifft spins out on lap two and brings out the first caution flag of the race. Tifft avoided hitting other drivers and the wall.
Lap three, three of the “Dash-4-Cash” drivers are in the front with Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler, and Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson and Ryan Truex round out the top five. The fourth “Dash-4-Cash” driver, Ryan Sieg, is in 12th place.
Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eight with Jones holding on to the lead of the race.
Lap eleven; the top five are Brandon Jones, Elliott Sadler, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier, and Ryan Truex.
Lap 13 Jeff Green is on pit road.
Lap 14 Brandon Jones has a half second lead on Elliott Sadler with Noah Gragson in third, Justin Allgaier in fourth, and Ryan Truex in fifth.
Lap 17, Tyler Reddick is in ninth place after having to start at the back of the field after inspection issues prevented him from making a qualifying run.
Lap 19 Jeff Green is off the track.
Halfway through stage one, Brandon Jones has a narrow lead on Elliott Sadler.
Lap 23 Elliott Sadler passes Brandon Jones to take the lead; Noah Gragson is in third.
Lap 30 Elliott Sadler leads Brandon Jones by a second.
The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 31 when Josh Bilicki had a flat tire and brushed the wall.
Some of the drivers come down pit road for service and adjustments.
Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 35 and holds on to his lead with team mate Justin Allgaier behind him in second; Brandon Jones, Ryan Truex, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 40 Elliott Sadler is in the lead with Justin Allgaier in second and Brandon Jones in third; Daniel Hemric has gotten around Ryan Truex for fourth with Truex in fifth.
Lap 42, Christopher Bell has worked his way into the top 10 after having to start at the back of the field with inspection issues and not making a qualifying run.
Elliott Sadler wins stage one for his third of the season
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
John Hunter Nemechek
Tyler Reddick wins the race off of pit road.
Pole sitter Brandon Jones was caught speeding on pit road.
After staying out on the track, Ty Majeski brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 53 but has an issue with the restart and gets passed by Matt Tifft for the lead; Austin Cindric, Justin Allgaier, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.
Ty Majeski reports that he has lost fourth gear.
Tyler Reddick passes Matt Tifft for the lead.
Lap 56 the tip five are Tyler Reddick, Matt Tifft, Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Elliott Sadler.
Lap 59 Tyler Reddick leads the race with Matt Tifft in secon; Justin Allgaier, Austin Cindric, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five.
Daniel Hemric’s team is reporting some possible tire wear issues.
Lap 65 Tyler Reddick has a one second lead on Matt Tifft with Justing Allgaier in third, Austin Cindric in fourth, and Elliott Sadler in fifth.
Justin Allgaier passes Matt Tifft for second and begins to slowly reign in leader Tyler Reddick.
Lap 68 Elliott Sadler passes Austin Cindric for fourth with Tyler Reddick in the lead by half a second over Justin Allgaier.
Lap 72 the top five are Tyler Reddick, Justin Allgaier, Matt Tifft, Elliott Sadler, and Austin Cindric.
Lap 76 Justin Allgaier has caught and passed Tyler Reddick for the lead with Matt Tifft in third.
The caution flag come out with 13 laps remaining in stage two when several cars het loose and Kaz Grala and Ryan Reed make contact.
Some drivers pit before the end of the stage.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 84 with Allgaier holding on to his lead and Tyler Reddick in second; Austin Cindric, Christopher Bell and Matt Tifft round out the top five.
Justin Allgaier wins stage two for his second of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
John Hunter Nemechek
Justin Allgaier wins the race off of pit road.
Christopher Bell’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and had to restart the race from the back of the field.
Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 99 and holds on to the Lead with Elliott Sadler moving up to second; Jeb Burton, Justin Allgaier, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.
Tyler Reddick got loose and made contact with Cole Custer who saved his car and the track stayed green.
Lap 103 Brandon Jones continues to lead the race with Elliott Sadler and Justin Allgaier challenging for the lead.
Lap 104 Elliott Sadler takes the lead with Justin Allgaier in second and Brandon Jones in third; Noah Gragson and Jeb Burton round out the top five.
Lap 107 Elliott Sadler has a then of a second lead on Justin Allgaier with Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
Pit reporters report that pit road is slanted out which is causing tires to get away from crew members.
Lap 111 Justin Allgaier is in the lead with Elliott Sadler in second and Brandon Jones in third.
Lap 116 Justin Allgaier has a half second lead on Elliott Sadler with Sadler trying to save his tires as long as possible; Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.
Lap 126 Justin Allgaier leads the race with Elliott Sadler in second; Brandon Jones, Noah Gragson, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.
The caution flag comes out on lap 128 when John Hunter Nemechek gets into the wall.
With a stage of 110 laps, the drivers cannot make it to the end without making a pit stop; once pit road is open, the field comes down for service.
Noah Gragson has a slow pit stop due to jack issues and was out of his pit box. Ryan Sieg was caught speeding on pit road. Ross Chastain’s team had an uncontrolled tire.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 134 with Allgaier holding on to the lead. Jr Motorsports is one, two, three with Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler and Tyler Reddick.
Lap 138 Justin Allgaier has a one second lead on Elliott Sadler; with Tyler Reddick, Daniel Hemric, and Johnny Sauter rounding out the top five.
Canadian Alex Labbe brings out the caution flag on lap 143 when he spins out. This is Labbe’s first time at Dover.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 150 and jumps out in front of team mate Elliott Sadler for the lead.
Lap 152, after having to start from the back of the field after an uncontrolled tire issue on pit road, Christopher Bell has worked his way back to the top 10.
Lap 154, Justin Allgaier continues to lead the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.
Lap 160, Justin Allgaier continues to lead with Daniel Hemric over a half second behind in second; Tyler Reddick, Elliott Sadler, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.
Lap 165, Justin Allgaier’s lead is a half second over Daniel Hemric with Tyler Reddick in third, Elliott Sadler in fourth, and Austin Cindric in fifth.
The eighth caution flag of the day comes out for a crash between Ty Majeski and Dylan Lupton on lap 168.
Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 172 and holds on to the lead with Elliott Sadler in seocnd; Daniel Hemric; Johnny Sauter, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.
The drivers are getting three wide acrross the track as they battle for position.
With 25 laps remaining in the race, Justin Allgaier holds on to his lead of the race.
Lap 177, there are 21 cars on the lead lap with Justin Allgaier out in front.
Lap 178, team mates Justin Allgaier and Elliott Sadler battle for the lead with Allgaier holding on to the top spot.
Lap 182 Justin Allagier holds on to a narrow lead over Elliott Sadler; Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.
Lap 186 Justin Allgaier continues to lead Elliott Sadler.
Lap 188, the top five are Justin Allgaier, Elliott Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Tyler Reddick, and Christopher Bell.
Ten to go, Justin Allgaier has a two tenths of a second lead on Elliott Sadler.
Lap 193 Elliott Sadler challenges leader Justin Allgaier with Allgaier holding on to the lead. Third place driver Daniel Hemric as closed the gap on Sadler.
Lap 195 Just Allgaier holds on to is lead as the leaders encounter lapped traffic.
Three to go, Justin Allgaier is still out front with Elliott Sadler right behind.
Justin Allgaier takes the white flag.
Jr Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier wins the race…and the $100,000 “Dash-4-Cash” prize.
This marks the tenth winner in 10 races for the Xfinity Series – 13 winners in 13 races going back to last season.
The unofficial results of the OneMain Financial 200:
John Hunter Nemechek
Ray Black Jr