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McDowell Hangs On To Win His First Xfinity Race

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Michael McDowell won Saturday's Xfinity Series race at Road America. (File photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell won Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Road America. (File photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Michael McDowell punted leader Alex Tagliani out of the way with 17 laps to go, survived several late restarts and went on to claim his first Xfinity Series race. It came in overtime at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. on Saturday.

Brendan Gaughan, McDowell’s Richard Childress Racing teammate, hounded McDowell over the final laps but then finished second at the 4-mile road course.

McDowell, a Sprint Cup regular who headed off to Michigan after his victory in Wisconsin, led 24 of 48 laps.

Brennan Poole and Ryan Reed rounded out the top-five finishers.

Series points leader Elliott Sadler finished eighth.

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville

Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Saturday, August 27, 2016

  1. (2) Michael McDowell(i), Chevrolet, 48.
  2. (8) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 48.
  3. (12) Brennan Poole #, Chevrolet, 48.
  4. (5) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 48.
  5. (7) Ryan Reed, Ford, 48.
  6. (11) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 48.
  7. (1) Alex Tagliani, Ford, 48.
  8. (14) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 48.
  9. (13) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 48.
  10. (17) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 48.
  11. (25) Ryan Preece #, Chevrolet, 48.
  12. (6) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 48.
  13. (27) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 48.
  14. (39) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 48.
  15. (24) Ray Black #, Chevrolet, 48.
  16. (22) Brandon Jones #, Chevrolet, 48.
  17. (4) Owen Kelly, Toyota, 48.
  18. (9) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 48.
  19. (18) JD Davison, Chevrolet, 48.
  20. (21) Alex Kennedy(i), Chevrolet, 48.
  21. (10) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 48.
  22. (36) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 48.
  23. (31) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 48.
  24. (32) David Starr, Chevrolet, 48.
  25. (16) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 48.
  26. (28) Tomy Drissi, Toyota, 48.
  27. (26) Stanton Barrett, Ford, 48.
  28. (35) BJ McLeod #, Ford, 48.
  29. (20) Scott Heckert, Ford, 48.
  30. (40) Alon Day, Dodge, 48.
  31. (38) Paige Decker, Chevrolet, 48.
  32. (3) Justin Marks, Chevrolet, 47.
  33. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 43.
  34. (19) Kenny Habul, Chevrolet, Suspension, 26.
  35. (37) John Jackson, Dodge, Brakes, 22.
  36. (33) Nic Hammann, Dodge, Rear Gear, 22.
  37. (34) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Fuel Pump, 20.
  38. (23) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, Electrical, 6.
  39. (30) Jeff Green, Toyota, Brakes, 4.
  40. (29) Garrett Smithley #, Chevrolet, Accident, 2.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  74.573 mph.

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 36 Mins, 20 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.534 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  6 for 13 laps.

Lead Changes:  6 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   A. Tagliani 1-9; B. Gaughan 10-11; E. Jones # 12-15; A. Tagliani 16-23; M. McDowell(i) 24-27; E. Jones # 28; M. McDowell(i) 29-48.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. McDowell(i) 2 times for 24 laps; A. Tagliani 2 times for 17 laps; E. Jones # 2 times for 5 laps; B. Gaughan 1 time for 2 laps.

Top 10 in Points: E. Sadler – 770; D. Suarez – 723; J. Allgaier – 720; T. Dillon – 713; B. Gaughan – 707; E. Jones # – 678; B. Poole # – 669; B. Jones # – 652; D. Wallace Jr. – 606; R. Reed – 568.

 

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, August 27 2016
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