AUSTIN, Texas – AJ Allmendinger and Kaulig Racing secured their first win of the season on Saturday in the Xfinity Series race at the Circuit of the Americas.
Allmendinger was scheduled to start on Sunday the 20th in the Cup race, also in a Chevrolet for Kaulig. It was Allmendinger’s first win in six races this season, and the first for Kaulig, who dominated the Xfinity Series last year and this year added two Cup cars to his schedule.
Austin Hill finished second to Richard Childress Racing to give Chevrolet a 1-2. Kaulig and RCR have a technical alliance.
Cole Custer finished third in a Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing and was followed by seven more Chevrolet drivers while General Motors dominated Saturday’s race on the permanent road track.
Allmendinger was exhausted and apparently out of breath after taking the checkered flag. It was his seventh road victory – he already held the Xfinity Series record with six wins – and he will try to complete his Cup resume on Sunday.
He led 27 of the 46 laps.
Allmendinger has two wins in his Series Cup race, including last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With three starts at COTA ahead of Sunday’s race, he will be one of the most experienced riders on the track to join the calendar last season.
“I was tough on myself (Friday), I wasn’t happy,” Allmendinger said of the fourth-place finish. “This Chevy was very good and it was hard to drive. I had to drive it a certain way.”
Allmendinger achieves his first win of the season on the Austin track
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