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Dale’s duo dominates Darlington: Allgaier wins, Gragson ties for No. 1 seed

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 07: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, celebrates in the Ruoff Mortgage victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 07, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

DARLINGTON, S.C. — JR Motorsports dominated Saturday’s Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway as Noah Gragson swept both stages but Justin Allgaier won.

Justin Allgaier led the most laps – 76 – and earned five playoff points for his first win of the 2022 season. Allgaier took the lead from A.J. Allmendinger with two laps to go and pulled away to snap a 34-race winless streak, dating back to last year’s May race at Darlington.

Allgaier was set to start third but the team had to change a battery right after the command, which put him in the rear to start the race. He drove from 38th to fourth in the first 45-lap stage and then finished third in the second 45-lap stage before claiming victory in the 147-lap race.

Allgaier tied teammate Gragson for the most regular-season points earned — 55 — of any driver in Saturday’s race.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 07: Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 07, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Gragson finished second after leading 45 of 147 laps and winning stages one and two. Gragson is now tied with Ty Gibbs for the No. 1 NXS playoff seed after earning two playoff points for the stage wins and moving up to second in the regular-season points, 25 behind POINTS leader A.J. Allmendinger.

Allmendinger finished eighth overall after finishing sixth and eighth in stages one and two.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 07: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Action Industries Chevrolet, and Riley Herbst, driver of the #98 Monster Energy Ford, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 07, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Riley Herbst moved to eighth in the regular-season points after finishing third overall – and fifth and tenth in the stages.

Herbst has five straight top-10 finishes, which is his longest streak since 2020 when he earned a career-high six straight top-10 finishes from the Aug. Daytona road course race to the Sept. Richmond race.

The playoff points and seeding in the table below are determined by what it would look like if the regular season ended today.

PositionDriverPlayoff Points TotalBase PointsPoints Position/PointsPoints for Race Wins (5 Pts/Win)Stage Wins (1 Pt/Win)
1Ty Gibbs202520008 (3rd)15 (Las Vegas, Atlanta, Richmond)2 (Richmond – Stage 2, Martinsville Stage 1)
2Noah Gragson2025200010 (2nd)10 (Talladega, Phoenix)5 (Darlington – Stages 1 and 2, Las Vegas – Stages 1 and 2, Phoenix – Stage 2)
3A.J. Allmendinger2022200015 (1st)5 (COTA)2 (Atlanta – Stage 2, COTA – Stage 1)
4Justin Allgaier201420007 (4th)5 (Darlington I)2 (Dover — Stage 2, Talladega – Stage 2)
5Josh Berry201320006 (5th)5 (Dover)2 (Talladega – Stage 1, Atlanta – Stage 1)
6Brandon Jones201120005 (6th)5 (Martinsville)1 (Martinsville – Stage 2)
7Austin Hill200620001 (10th)5 (Daytona)
8Sam Mayer200620004 (7th)2 (Dover — Stage 1, COTA – Stage 2)
9Riley Herbst200320003 (8th)
10Ryan Sieg200220002 (9th)
11Daniel Hemric20022000(12th)2 (Daytona – Stages 1 and 2)
12Landon Cassill20002000(11th)
Below are the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season standings after Race No. 11, the Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 07: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Action Industries Chevrolet, and Riley Herbst, driver of the #98 Monster Energy Ford, lead the field during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Mahindra ROXOR 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 07, 2022 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Regular Season Points PositionDriverPointsPts Behind LeaderPts Behind (-)/Ahead (+) for a playoff spot or # of Wins
1A.J. Allmendinger4641 win
2Noah Gragson439-252 wins
3Ty Gibbs423-413 wins
4Justin Allgaier372-921 win
5Josh Berry371-931 win
6Brandon Jones347-1171 win
7Sam Mayer333-131(+69)
8Riley Herbst318-146(+54)
9Ryan Sieg317-147(+53)
10Austin Hill301-163(+37)
11Landon Cassill299-165(+35)
12Daniel Hemric287-177(+23)
13Anthony Alfredo264-200(-23)
14Jeb Burton224-240(-63)
15Sheldon Creed218-246(-69)
16Brett Moffitt215-249(-72)
17Brandon Brown206-258(-81)
18Alex Labbe182-282(-105)
19Jeremy Clements159-305(-128)
20Myatt Snider144-320(-143)

Bubble drivers Jeb Burton, Sheldon Creed, Brandon Brown, Jeremy Clements and Myatt Snider ran into issues during the race.

Burton was held one lap early for intentionally spinning in turn four on Lap 21. He eventually took the wave around and finished 15th but failed to earn any stage points and went from 58 to 63 points out of a playoff spot.

Sheldon Creed also found issues early as he had engine issues that took him out of the race on Lap 16. Creed’s car went up in smoke on a Lap 15 restart following a caution where his team investigated the issues. The engine failure set him back to 69 points behind a playoff spot after entering the race 42 behind.

Brandon Brown ran inside the top 15 until Lap 89 when he stalled on the frontstretch with an oil pump belt issue. Brown’s team repaired the belt but he fell multiple laps down and didn’t recover, as he finished 35th, five laps down. He is now 81 points behind a playoff spot after entering the race 55 behind.

Myatt Snider fell from 116 points out of a playoff spot to 143 after a wreck in turn 3. Snider has only two top-20 finishes in 11 races so far.

Jeremy Clements was headed toward a top-10 finish and the best points day of any bubble driver until a final-lap wreck knocked him back to a 29th-place finish. Clements did not earn any stage points and dropped from 108 points behind a playoff spot to 128.

Photo by Chris Salazar/TRE

The next race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the May 21 SRS Distribution 250 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET; TV: FS1; Radio: PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Last year, the first Texas NXS race was held in July and Austin Cindric was the only series regular to earn any playoff points. Cindric earned one playoff point for winning stage one while Kyle Busch won stage two and the overall race.

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