Spin and Win Finish at Road America

It’s a rainy Sunday in Elkhart Lake at Road America for the Xfinity Series Johnsonville 180. But unlike many NASCAR races, Goodyear has a wet weather tire for the drivers to run.

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NASCAR had the teams put the wet weather tires on the cars for qualifying prior to the race. Several of the drivers have not only never driven at Road America, but have also never driven in the rain.

Shortly after NASCAR officials called for the wet weather tires, the sun came out and the track began to dry and NASCAR delayed the start of qualifying to determine how to handle the situation.

A huge four mile track with 14 turns the drivers will only 45 laps around the track for the 180 miles.

Due to the changing track conditions, NASCAR canceled qualifying and the field was set by car owner points.

Austin Cindric will sit on the pole and bring the field down for the green flag.
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The starting lineup for the Johnsonville 180:
Austin Cindric
James Davison
Elliott Sadler
Christopher Bell
Justin Marks
William Byron
Justin Allgaier
Ben Kennedy
Scott Lagasse Jr
Brennan Poole
Daniel Hemric
Cole Custer
Matt Tifft
Ryan Reed
Blake Koch
Dakoda Armstrong
Michael Annett
Brendan Gaughan
Ross Chastain
J.J. Yeley
Ryan Sieg
Brandon Jones
Dylan Lupton
Jeremy Clements
Joey Gase
Spencer Gallagher
Ryan Ellis
Casey Mears
Garrett Smithley
David Starr
Jeff Green
Sheldon Creed
Josh Bilicki
Tim Cowen
Dexter Bean
Stephen Young
Nicolas Hammann
John Graham
Parker Kligerman
Ernie Francis Jr

Stages one and two of the race are only 10 laps with stage three lasting 25 laps.

Making his Xfinity Series debut, Austin Cindric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race. Going in to turn one Australian James Davison takes the lead of the race and gets credit for leading the first lap of the race.

It will take the drivers around three minutes to make a single lap around the very large track.

Halfway through stage one – lap five – James Davison is still leading the field. Ryan Sieg makes an unscheduled trip down pit road after getting off the track.

Scott Lagasse Jr gets into the sand trap and brings out the first caution flag of the race when he cannot get the car out.

Many of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service once it opens. Drivers can make about 18 laps of green flag racing on a tank of fuel. Brendan Gaughan’s team has the hood up on his car to remove wet weather adjustments for the dry weather conditions.

James Davison brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap seven with Davison getting out in front for the lead.

James Davison wins stage one.
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The top 10 at the end of stage one:
James Davison
Justin Marks
Austin Cindric
Brennan Poole
Justin Allgaier
Ryan Reed
Matt Tifft
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Sheldon Creed

The drivers who did not pit during the caution flag bring their cars down pit road for service.

James Davison was caught speeding on pit road and will have to restart the race at the back of the field.

Austin Cindric will also start at the back of the field after his team made some repairs to the car.

Brennan Poole brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 13 but after the rivers get three wide going into turn one, Elliott Sadler is the leader of the race.

The top three on lap 14 are Elliott Sadler, Brennan Poole, and Daniel Hemric.

Ryan Sieg brings out the caution flag with a flat tire on lap 15.

Elliott Sadler brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 17 and jumps out for the lead of the race.

Lap 17 Daniel Hemric passes Elliott Sadler to take over the lead of the race.

Lap 17 Ernie Franics Jr has to take his smoking car to the garage.

Lap 17 Brennan Poole finally makes his first pit stop of the race for fresh tires and fuel as they plan for a two stop race.

Daniel Hemric and Elliott Sadler battle for the lead on lap 18 but Hemric holds on to the lead.

The top three on lap 18 is Daniel Hemric, Ben Kennedy, and Ross Chastain. Lap 18 Ryan Reed spins out and gets off the track but the track stays green when he gets back on the track.

Lap 18 Scott Lagasse gets off the track once again but gets the car going again keeping the track green.

Lap 19 Tim Cown gets off the track and comes to a stop.

Lap 20 several cars are involved in a crash but the track stays green to end the stage. James Davison, Ross Chastain, Justi Marks, and Austin Cindric were all involved.

Daniel Hemric wins stage two.
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The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Daniel Hemric
Ben Kennedy
Elliott Sadler
Justin Allgaier
J.J. Yeley
Matt Tifft
Jeremy Clements
Brendan Gaughan
Casey Mears
Blake Koch

James Davison and Justin Marks are on pit road getting crash damage repaired. James Davison is out of the race with a cracked radiator.

NASCAR has declared a damp track condition with sprinkling in portions of the track.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 24. Hemric edges out Ben Kennedy for the lead.

On lap 27 Ben Kennedy passes Daniel Hemric for the lead of the race.

Lap 27 Daniel Hemric retakes the lead after passing Ben Kennedy. Brennan Poole gets off the track but get the car going again. Leaders Daniel Hemric and Ben Kennedy bring their cars down pit road for service giving the lead over to Austin Cindric with Matt Tifft in second and Brendan Gaughan in third.

A number of other drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.

Daniel Hemric is caught speeding on pit road and has t serve a pass through penalty.

Matt Tifft takes the lead but gets passed by Jeremy Clements passes Tifft for the lead.

Brandon Jones was also caught speeding on pit road.

Teams continue to bring their cars down pit road as green flag pit stops cycle through.

The air hose gets stuck on Christopher Bell’s car slowing his pit stop.

Jeremy Clements is in the lead but has yet to pit.

Brandon Jones was again caught speeding on pit road when he came down to serve his pass through penalty for speeding and will have to make a second pass through penalty.

Ryan Reed has a flat tire but gets his car off the track.

Ben Kennedy gets off the track but gets back on keeping the track green.

Jeremy Clements continues to lead the race with 12 laps remaining in the race, but he still needs to make a pit stop.

Lap 35 Jeremy Clements is still out in front of the field with Michael Annett second and Blake Koch third.

Ryan Reed gets off the track but gets it going again and hits the retaining wall.

Lap 36 Jeremy Clements finally brings his car down pit road for service; giving the lead over to Michael Annett.

Justin Marks is now leading the race.

Lap 37 Justin Marks brings his car down pit road for his green lag stop. Matt Tifft takes over the lead.

Austin Cindric comes down pit road with an unscheduled pit stop for a flat tire.

With only six laps remaining in the race, Matt Tifft is leading the race.

Nicholas Hammann gets into the gravel but manages to get his car back on the track.

Jeremy Clements is now in second place, six seconds behind leader Matt Tifft.

Tim Cowen has gotten his car off the track again but managed to get it moving again.

Matt Tifft is leading the race, but Jeremy Clements has closed in on Tifft and with only three laps to go, Clements has erased a six second lead.

Only three laps remaining in the race,Matt Tifft leads the race with Jeremy Clements in second.

With just over a lap remaining in the race Matt Tifft and Jeremy Clements both spin out when Clements attempts to make a pass. Jeremy Clements gets his car moving again and takes the white flag.

Jeremy Clements wins the Johnsonville 180 for his first Xfinity Series and road course win. Clements is now in the playoffs.
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This was Jeremy Clements’ 256th start for the young independent driver whose father is his car owner. Jeremy said that he was in shock over the win.

Clements admitted that the spin out was his fault and apologized to Matt Tifft.

The unofficial results of the Johnsonville 180:
Jeremy Clements
Michael Annett
Matt Tifft
Justin Marks
Brendan Gaughan
William Byron
Blake Koch
Cole Custer
Casey Mears
Parker Kligerman
Justin Allgaier
Josh Bilicki
Ross Chastain
Elliott Sadler
Daniel Hemric
Austin Cindric
J.J. Yeley
Ben Kennedy
Christopher Bell
Ryan Sieg
Ryan Ellis
Dakoda Armstrong
Scott Lagasse Jr
Spencer Gallagher
Brandon Jones
Dexter Bean
Garrett Smithley
David Starr
Nocolas Hammann
John Graham
Brennan Poole
Joey Gase
Dylan Lupton
Stephen Young
Ryan Reed
Tim Cowen
James Davison
Sheldon Creed
Ernie Frances Jr
Jeff Green


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