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McDowell Wins Road America Xfinity Race

McDowell Xfinity Series


2 weeks ago at Mid Ohio, rain turned the Xfinity race into a slippery festival of cars sliding off course. Today at Road America, conditions were more favorable to the drivers. Just how Michael McDowell hoped it would be.

McDowell parlayed his road racing background and a strong car into his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series win. He has only made 21 starts in the series over the past five years, most on road courses. He finished second at the Elkhart Lake, WI track in 2012 driving for Joe Gibbs. Today, there would be no near miss to contemplate. The same could not be said for his primary adversary Alex Tagliani.

Tagliani spent most of the event in front with few cars able to challenge him for the lead. However, while battling Erik Jones after a restart, Tagliani moved across the track and was hooked by the Richard Childress Racing car of McDowell. Alex was turned but didn’t make any contact and pitted for new tires to begin mounting his comeback. He was back up to sixth on a restart with 4 laps to go. However, contact with Brendan Gaughan cost him several positions and ended his shot at the win.

After Justin Marks’ rain soaked win at Mid Ohio, the teams were again prepared for wet conditions as rain was in the area again at Road America. However, it held off for the duration of the event and the race was completed on a dry course.

Following McDowell and Gaughan to the checkered flag was the third place finisher Brennan Poole. Daniel Suarez picked up fourth and Ryan Reed came home fifth. Justin Allgaier picked up a sixth place finish, seventh was Tagliani, Elliott Sadler eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr finished ninth and JJ Yeley rounded out the top ten.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to action on Septemer 3rd at Darlington Raceway. The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will air at 3 pm EST on NBC.