A four-car collision in lap 53 of 196 caused substantial damage to the No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, driven by Allmendinger. This incident also led to Ty Gibbs, the race leader at the time, being taken out of the race.
Post repair, Allmendinger fought his way back up the grid and first took the lead with 55 laps left to go.
Even after a round of green-flag pit stops, Allmendinger successfully defended his lead, fending off Chandler Smith in the first overtime and later, Riley Herbst by a margin of 1.323 seconds in the second overtime, ultimately securing his victory.
This is Allmendinger’s second win of the season, following just three series starts, and marks his 17th career victory. His record for this season so far is impressive, with finishes at first, second, and first again.
“All caught up in that one wreck on the restart, I thought our winning chances were over, but the team did an excellent job of fixing it,” stated Allmendinger, praising his crew.
“This is one of those iconic trophies (a guitar) you want to win. What a cool way to do it.”
The rest of the top five included Sam Mayer who finished third, Austin Hill in fourth place, and Josh Berry securing fifth. Rounding out the top-10 were John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Parker Retzlaff.
The first stage was won by Gibbs, who overtook Custer in a restart on lap 22 of 45 and cruised to victory. Allmendinger secured third place, Carson Hocevar came fourth, and Sammy Smith took fifth place. A multi-car wreck on the first lap severely damaged the cars of Stefan Parsons and Justin Allgaier, forcing Parsons to withdraw from the race.
The second stage was led by Chandler Smith, who maintained his lead and comfortably won the stage, keeping Custer at bay. This stage also witnessed a multi-car collision right at the start, which forced Gibbs and Hocevar out of the race early on, leaving Allmendinger’s No. 10 with damage.
The break between Stages 2 and 3 saw all lead-lap cars heading to the pits, with Chandler Smith emerging first off pit road. He then took the lead on the restart on lap 98.
A bad vibration forced Nemechek to pit on lap 127, but he was within the window to get new tires and refuel for the rest of the race. With 50 laps to go, a fierce three-car battle for the lead ensued between Chandler Smith, Custer, and Allmendinger, with Smith maintaining a slight advantage.
Finally, on lap 142, Allmendinger managed to overtake both Smith and Custer to lead the race for the first time.
The final round of green-flag pit stops kicked off with Chandler Smith being the first lead-lap car to hit the pit road on lap 145 for new tires and fuel. Once the cycle was completed on lap 177, Allmendinger was back in the lead, followed by Custer and Chandler Smith.
A spin by Chad Chastain on lap 183 brought out the caution and sent the race into a two-lap overtime. A few lead-lap cars, including Custer, went into the pit for old but colder tires. However, Allmendinger remained in the lead on the restart, followed by Chandler Smith and Hill.
A spin by Chandler Smith during the restart placed the race back under caution, setting up a second overtime, with Allmendinger still holding his lead.
The final standing was Allmendinger in first place, followed by Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, Austin Hill, and Josh Berry to complete the top five. The rest of the top-10 were John Hunter Nemechek, Zane Smith, Daniel Hemric, Cole Custer, and Parker Retzlaff.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Comeback
Q: Who won the Nashville Xfinity race?
A: Allmendinger emerged as the winner of the Nashville Xfinity race, showcasing an impressive comeback after a mid-race collision.
Q: How many wins does Allmendinger have this season?
A: Allmendinger has secured two victories this season in just three series starts, displaying his remarkable performance on the track.
Q: What was the highlight of the race for Allmendinger?
A: Despite suffering damage from a four-car wreck, Allmendinger made a significant comeback, overtaking the field and seizing the lead with 55 laps remaining, ultimately leading him to claim the victory.
Q: Which drivers finished in the top five?
A: The top five finishers of the Nashville Xfinity race were Allmendinger in first place, followed by Riley Herbst in second, Sam Mayer in third, Austin Hill in fourth, and Josh Berry in fifth.
Q: How many career victories does Allmendinger have?
A: With this win, Allmendinger has achieved a total of 17 career victories, further solidifying his successful racing career.
Q: What type of trophy did Allmendinger win?
A: Allmendinger was awarded an iconic guitar trophy, making it a remarkable and memorable victory for him.