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NASCAR Opens July on Road Course

NASCAR heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a road course 4th of July weekend race.

 

Last year's winner Chase Elliott rallied from 25th after 120 laps and pulled away on a restart with four laps to go to win at Nashville, his second victory of the season. Elliott won after starting 34th, the deepest starting spot for any race winner last season.

 

The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of pole-stter Denny Hamlin (114), Martin Truex Jr. (82) and Kyle Busch (54) combined to lead 250 of the 300 laps at Nashville, but late-race traffic relegated Busch to 21st and Truex to 22nd. 

 

Kurt Busch finished second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Kye Larson, Ross Chastain and Hamlin. 

 

Elliott became the fifth multiple race-winner through 17 events. He leads Chastain by 30 points and Blaney by 31. The race was delayed twice by lightning with the second delay lasting more than 2 hours.

 

Practice and qualifying are at 10:30 am Saturday morning and the green flag drops at 2 pm on Sunday.

 

In the XFinity Series, Riverton-native Justin Allgaier led five times for 134 laps, won both early stages and coasted to victory at Nashville, his second victory of the season.

 

Kyle Busch won after starting fifth last year in Elkhart Lake. 

 

JR Motorsports drivers have won five of the last seven races, and Chevrolet has won all seven. JRM also has won 12 consecutive stages on oval tracks. 

 

AJ Allmendinger, already a two-time winner on road courses this season, remains the series points leader by 25 over Ty Gibbs and 32 over Allgaier. Allmendinger’s 16th-place finish was just his second outside the top 10 through 15 races. 

 

The top five in points have all won at least twice. Allgaier has led a series-best 462 laps.

 

Practice and qualifying are tonight at 4:30 pm with the green flag drops at 1:30 pm Saturday.

 

Ryan Preece pulled away on a restart with 10 laps to go, then held off challenges from Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar to win at Nashville for the second year in a row in the Camping World Truck Series. 

 

Preece's two victories have come in just eight career starts. The trucks take the week off and return next week at Mid-Ohio. 

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