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NASCAR: AJ Allmendinger wins at Atlanta for first victory of season

AJ Allmendinger’s Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley finished third, Daniel Hemric took fourth and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.

By: Reuters | Published: June 7, 2020 10:31:55 am
AJ Allmendinger, AJ Allmendinger NASCAR win, NASCAR 2020, NASCAR after covid 19, AJ Allmendinger Atlanta race Driver AJ Allmendinger celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Source: USA Today Sports)

A.J. Allmendinger took the checkered flag at Atlanta on Saturday for his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season in just his second start.

The 38-year-old Allmendinger led 37 laps and held off Noah Gragson to win the EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was Allmendinger’s fourth win of his career on the Xfinity Series.

Allmendinger’s Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley finished third, Daniel Hemric took fourth and Harrison Burton rounded out the top five.

Austin Cindric led a race-high 68 laps but was penalized for speeding on his final pit stop along with Chase Briscoe and Justin Allgaier. Briscoe led for 40 laps and finished ninth, while Allgaier was sixth. Cindric finished 16th.

The penalties put Allmendinger in the top spot for the final restart, and he led through the finish.

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