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Justin Allgaier wins Xfinity Series race in overtime finish at Darlington

Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity Series Steakhouse Elite 200 at Darlington Raceway Saturday afternoon in a dramatic two-lap overtime finish.

He outdueled his JR Motorsports teammate, Josh Berry, who had pulled ahead in Turn l, to take the lead for his second victory of the season and earn his 16th career win.

“Our car wasn’t as good as we wanted all day, but the guys down in the pits, they just kept fighting,” said Allgaier. “To check off Atlanta and Darlington, I couldn’t be more appreciative of this race team. We’re going to celebrate this one for a while.”

Josh Berry had to settle for second place, earning his fourth top-10 of 2021. He was also the highest finishing rookie of the race. Berry is currently scheduled to compete on a part time basis for JRM. He won at Martinsville Speedway in April and is trying to make the most of each opportunity.

“I’m mad,” Berry said. “I want to win. I’m racing for my life out here, man. We need to find a sponsor or something so I can run this thing full time. But it’s hard to be mad, coming here, running second, no practice, first time with these guys — that’s pretty incredible.”

Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Brandon Jones (No. 19) and Daniel Hemric (No. 18) finished in third and fourth, respectively. Jeremy Clements scored his fourth top-10 result of 2021 with fifth place.

Michael Annett, Brett Moffitt, Ryan Sieg, Alex Labbe and Harrison Burton rounded out the top-10 at Darlington.

Noah Gragson was originally scored in fourth at the end of the race but was disqualified due to a violation of Rule 20.14.c in the NASCAR Rule Book that reads, “All suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension and/or drivetrain component beyond normal rotation or suspension and/or drivetrain travel.”

Gragson was relegated to a 40th place finish and was no longer eligible to receive the Dash 4 Cash bonus. He has already won two of the four events in the program. The $100,000 prize was ultimately awarded to AJ Allmendinger, who finished 12th and passed post-race inspection.

Wayne Auton, Xfinity Series director, stated that the Dash 4 Cash winners are routinely included in the post-race inspection for each of these races.

JR Motorsports will have the option to appeal the disqualification.

The last Dash 4 Cash race will be held at Dover International Speedway next Saturday, May 15, at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Allmendinger, Allgaier, Berry and Brandon Jones will be eligible for the $100,000 prize.

UPDATED: #9 – Disqualified – Failed Post-race Inspection
NASCAR Xfinity Series Race Number 9
Race Results for the 2nd Annual Steakhouse Elite 200 – Saturday, May 8, 2021
Darlington Raceway – Darlington, SC – 1.366 – Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 148 Laps – 202.168 Miles

1167Justin AllgaierGood Humor Ice Cream Chevrolet14877048Running
2248Josh Berry #Tire Pros Chevrolet14803043Running
32219Brandon Jones06 NCWTS Championship Toyota148100035Running
4718Daniel HemricPoppy Bank Toyota14830041Running
51251Jeremy ClementsAll South Electric Chevrolet14800032Running
6201Michael AnnettGatorade Pilot Flying J Chevrolet14896038Running
7132Brett MoffittDESTINY HOMES Chevrolet14809032Running
81139Ryan SiegCMR Construction and Roofing Ford14804036Running
92336Alex LabbeLarue Industrial Snowblowers Chevrolet14800028Running
10820Harrison BurtonDEX Imaging Toyota14821046Running
11194Landon CassillMaintenX Chevrolet14800026Running
12116AJ AllmendingerHyperice Chevrolet14852040Running
13411Justin HaleyLeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet14800024Running
141444Tommy Joe MartinsCapital City Hauling Chevrolet14840030Running
153399Ryan Toyota14800022Running
161761David StarrWhataburger Toyota14800021Running
172954Ty Gibbs #Interstate Batteries Toyota14880023Running
18102Myatt SniderTaxSlayer Chevrolet14860024Running
19310Jeb BurtonNutrien Ag Solutions Chevrolet14805024Running
203623Tanner BerryhillREALTY CONNECT Chevrolet14800017Running
213517JJ YeleyWORKPRO Chevrolet14800016Running
221566Timmy Hill(i)Lift Kits 4 Less Ford1480000Running
23968Brandon BrownBrandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet14800014Running
243974Bayley Currey(i)Providing Hope VA Chevrolet1480000Running
253890BJ McLeod(i)BuckedUp Apparel Chevrolet1480000Running
26346Ryan Vargas #Monarch Roofing Throwback Chevrolet14800011Running
27698Riley HerbstHenry Repeating Arms Ford148010011Running
282515Colby HowardProject Hope Foundation Chevrolet1470009Accident
29222Austin CindricCar Shop Ford14718021Accident
30280Jeffrey EarnhardtForeverLawn Throwback Chevrolet1460007Running
313178Jesse LittleTufco Flooring Chevrolet1460006Running
322647Kyle WeathermanPit Viper Sunglasses Chevrolet1420005Running
334013Matt JaskolLift Kits 4 Less Toyota1420004Running
341848Jade BufordBig Machine/All American Racers/Hot Wheels Chevrolet1400003Running
352726Brandon GdovicSnapMobile.Shop Toyota1400002Running
36307Joe Graf Jr.Bucked Up Energy Chevrolet1320001Accident
373752Gray GauldingPanini America Chevrolet1070001Accident
382192Josh WilliamsStarbrite/Alloy Employer Chevrolet480001Suspension
39325Matt MillsJ.F. Electric Chevrolet440001Accident
4059Noah GragsonBass Pro Shops/True Timber/BRCC Chevrolet1480001Running

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Angie Campbell
Angie Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.


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