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Tuesday May 24th, 2022 4:56PM

Josh Berry takes home the Xfinity Series victory at Dover

By Holly Cain-NASCAR Wire Service
  Contact Editor

Josh Berry answered a runner-up finish last year at Dover Motor Speedway with a victory Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the track, holding off Justin Allgaier by .604-seconds.

Berry led the final 55 laps of the 200-lap race to claim his first win of 2022 and the third of his series career. His JR Motorsports team claimed four of the race’s top-five positions – the first time any team has done so since 2013. Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs was third followed by JRM drivers Noah Gragson and Sam Mayer.

Allgaier led a race-best 67 laps but was passed by Berry with 55 laps remaining. He rallied to his ultimate second-place finish after suffering a setback on a slow final pit stop. Berry returned to track with the lead on that re-start and Allgaier had to race forward from fourth place, getting as high as second but never having a true chance to make a pass for the win.

“I struggled a lot on the bottom on the restarts and just kept trying to work to get better. It’s just credit to these guys, the pit crew did a phenomenal job today, they executed when we needed it,” said Berry. “And we were there when it counted.”

“I went toe-to-toe with Justin Allgaier and he’s so freaking good here,” Berry added. “Gosh, I thought he was kind of out of it after that pit stop and then he was right back to second and I thought, ‘here we go again.’ ”

Allgaier, a perennial championship contender, is looking for his first win since Darlington last May. This marked his fifth runner-up finish in that time – but is his best showing of 2022.

“Proud of our team, we wanted to get the car in victory lane but with the string of bad luck, I feel like today was a good day, just a little bit short,” said Allgaier, who had finished 20th or worse in four of the five races leading into Dover.

Gragson’s fourth place finish marked a solid end to a challenging day and earned him his $100,000 bonus check in the Dash 4 Cash program.

“What a day for the entire company, four cars in the top-five, and congratulations to Josh Berry for his win,” said Gragson.

A.J. Allmendinger finished sixth but retains the championship lead by 43 points over both two-race winner Gragson and three-race winner Gibbs.

Mayer’s fifth place finish was impressive considering his eventful day. He won Stage 1 and then had a pit stop situation during the ensuing stop. His Chevrolet lost a left rear tire and he ended up having to make an extra stop and eventually dropping back as far as 19th place before making his way forward again.

Saturday’s polesitter Brandon Jones rallied to a seventh-place finish after pit issues as well.

Sheldon Creed was eighth – the highest finishing rookie – with Riley Herbst and Ryan Sieg rounding out the top 10.

NASCAR Xfinity Series
Dover Motor Speedway – Dover, DE
A-GAME 200 – April 30, 2022

1. (4) Josh Berry, Chevrolet, 200.
2. (7) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.
3. (5) Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 200.
4. (3) Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 200.
5. (2) Sam Mayer, Chevrolet, 200.
6. (8) A.J. Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 200.
7. (1) Brandon Jones, Toyota, 200.
8. (11) Sheldon Creed #, Chevrolet, 200.
9. (6) Riley Herbst, Ford, 200.
10. (38) Ryan Sieg, Ford, 200.
11. (17) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, 200.
12. (18) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 200.
13. (16) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 200.
14. (20) Austin Hill #, Chevrolet, 200.
15. (10) Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, 200.
16. (13) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 200.
17. (23) Parker Retzlaff, Ford, 200.
18. (22) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 199.
19. (19) Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 199.
20. (28) Ryan Ellis, Chevrolet, 199.
21. (12) Chandler Smith(i), Toyota, 199.
22. (25) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, 199.
23. (31) J.J. Yeley, Toyota, 198.
24. (21) Kaz Grala(i), Chevrolet, 198.
25. (33) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 197.
26. (26) Ryan Vargas, Chevrolet, 197.
27. (29) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 197.
28. (32) Joe Graf, Jr., Ford, 196.
29. (24) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 195.
30. (30) Stefan Parsons, Chevrolet, 195.
31. (37) Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 195.
32. (35) Chad Finchum, Toyota, 194.
33. (36) Patrick Emerling, Chevrolet, 192.
34. (34) Mason Massey, Chevrolet, 191.
35. (27) David Starr, Ford, 189.
36. (14) Bayley Currey, Chevrolet, Engine, 154.
37. (9) John Hunter Nemechek(i), Toyota, Brakes, 83.
38. (15) Rajah Caruth, Chevrolet, Suspension, 58.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 104.091 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 55 Mins, 17 Secs. Margin of Victory: 0.604 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 5 for 36 laps.

Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Jones 1-30;S. Mayer 31-48;J. Allgaier 49;B. Jones 50-53;T. Gibbs 54;B. Jones 55-79;J. Allgaier 80-145;J. Berry 146-200.

Leaders Summary: (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led) Justin Allgaier 2 times for 67 laps; Brandon Jones 3 times for 59 laps; Josh Berry 1 time for 55 laps; Sam Mayer 1 time for 18 laps; Ty Gibbs 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 1,7,8,19,18,54,16,9,98,2

Stage #2 Top Ten: 7,19,16,8,54,98,9,11,2,21

Playoff Standings: 1. Ty Gibbs – 384 (3 Wins); 2. Noah Gragson – 384 (2 Wins); 3. A.J. Allmendinger – 427 (1 Win); 4. Josh Berry – 339 (1 Win); 5. Brandon Jones – 317 (1 Win); 6. Austin Hill – 274 (1 Win); 7. Justin Allgaier – 317; 8. Sam Mayer – 297; 9. Ryan Sieg – 287; 10. Riley Herbst – 277; 11. Landon Cassill – 265; 12. Daniel Hemric – 259.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

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