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Jones Wins Dover Xfinity Race

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 14 2016

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Erik Jones won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday.

Jones, on well-worn tires, pulled away to beat runner-up Darrell Wallace Jr. to the finish line by 1.434 seconds.

The victory was Jones second of the year ad it came in a Dash 4 Cash race.

 

 

Driving a stock car for the first time in seven months, Alex Bowman finished third after leading 33 laps.

Justin Allgaier ran fourth, followed by Ty Dillon and series leader Elliott Sadler, who holds a three-point edge in the standings over ninth-place finisher Daniel Suárez.

 

 

Wallace posted the highest series finish ever for an African-American driver, improving on his own record of third (twice), and he did it in a backup car, necessitated by a crash in Friday’s practice.

“I keep saying it, we never give up,” Wallace said. “It’s really a credit to my guys right here for really thrashing this thing. It’s unfortunate when you do have to bring the backup car out, (but) we never give up and we work really hard to get some speed in this baby.”

But the day – and the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus – belonged to Jones, who thought the tracks that stage the Dash 4 Cash races had more to do with his success than the format itself.

“The tracks that they’re at are tracks that I’ve had historically good runs at,” Jones said. “It just kind of worked out that way. The heat race format gives us a chance to go out and adjust on our stuff. I think our ability to adjust and maintain and get better throughout the race is one of the best in the garage, and having the opportunity to do that in the heat race gives us that little bit of an edge.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 200

Dover International Speedway

Dover, Delaware

Saturday, May 14, 2016

  1. (3) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 120.
  2. (11) Darrell Wallace Jr, Ford, 120.
  3. (5) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 120.
  4. (1) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 120.
  5. (2) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 120.
  6. (32) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 120.
  7. (7) Joey Logano(i), Ford, 120.
  8. (8) Matt Tifft(i), Toyota, 120.
  9. (4) Daniel Suárez, Toyota, 120.
  10. (13) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 120.
  11. (17) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 120.
  12. (19) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 120.
  13. (14) Jeb Burton, Ford, 119.
  14. (21) Drew Herring, Toyota, 119.
  15. (12) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 119.
  16. (6) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 118.
  17. (20) Ray Black Jr #, Chevrolet, 117.
  18. (15) Ryan Reed, Ford, 117.
  19. (30) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 117.
  20. (16) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 117.
  21. (22) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 117.
  22. (18) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 117.
  23. (28) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 117.
  24. (27) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, 116.
  25. (10) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 116.
  26. (33) Timmy Hill(i), Dodge, 115.
  27. (29) Alex Guenette, Chevrolet, 115.
  28. (25) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 113.
  29. (9) Paul Menard(i), Chevrolet, 112.
  30. (24) Travis Kvapil(i), Ford, 109.
  31. (26) Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, 87.
  32. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 81.
  33. (23) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 66.
  34. (36) Carl Long, Toyota, Vibration, 32.
  35. (35) Derrike Cope, Chevrolet, 28.
  36. (38) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Suspension, 15.
  37. (40) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, Suspension, 5.
  38. (37) Matt DiBenedetto(i), Toyota, Vibration, 4.
  39. (31) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, Vibration, 1.
  40. (34) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, Accident, 0.

 

Average Speed of Race Winner:  122.867 mph.

Time of Race:  00 Hrs, 58 Mins, 36 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.434 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  2 for 10 laps.

Lead Changes:  4 among 3 drivers.

Lap Leaders:    0; T. Dillon 1-11; E. Jones # 12-44; A. Bowman 45-77; E. Jones # 78-120.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  E. Jones # 2 times for 76 laps; A. Bowman 1 time for 33 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 11 laps.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 349; D. Suárez – 346; T. Dillon – 319; J. Allgaier – 317; E. Jones # – 309; B. Gaughan – 305; B. Jones # – 290; B. Poole # – 282; D. Wallace Jr – 268; R. Reed – 244.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, May 14 2016
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