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Kaulig Racing and AJ Allmendinger grabbed victory in their first visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course for the NASCAR Cup Series. After relatively clean first stages of racing, the race devolved into a demolition derby of both the cars and the track. The numerous incidents produced one red flag for track repair and two attempts at an overtime finish. Allmendinger ultimately inherited the lead on the penultimate lap, as Denny Hamlin and Chase Briscoe banged wheels multiple times for the lead, which ultimately left both drivers languishing outside of the top 20 at the checkered flag. The win was the second in the series for Allmendinger, who also took the checkered flag at Watkins Glen in 2014.
Allmendinger's win did little to disrupt the playoff picture, as he is a full-time Xfinity Series driver for Kaulig. The battle for the 16th and final playoff position remains between Richard Childress Racing teammates Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon. Reddick's gap of 15 points over Dillon stretched a bit further to 28 with two regular-season races remaining before the elimination rounds commence. Up next is a visit to Michigan International Speedway where Kevin Harvick swept the victories in a double-header race weekend in the most recent visit to the track.
AJ Allmendinger – Allmendinger announced that Kaulig Racing's entry into the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series on a full-time schedule will be a competitive one. The Xfinity Series regular battled throughout the afternoon to overcome multiple issues, ultimately putting himself