AJ Allmendinger wins inaugural Portland Xfinity race

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AJ Allmendinger went from last to first in winning the inaugural Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Allmendinger started at the rear for unapproved adjustments. He went off course before the green flag flew and slid off course another time before recovering and working his way through the field.

“It might be one of the craziest wins I’ve ever had,” Allmendinger told FS1 after the race. “Most mistakes to ever win a race for sure.”

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The victory is Allmendinger’s eighth career Xfinity road course win and his third consecutive road course win in the series. The victory is Allmendinger’s 12th overall in the series.

Allmendinger will compete in Sunday’s Cup race at World Wide Technology Racing at Gateway for Kaulig Racing.

Myatt Snider finished second. Austin Hill placed third. JR Motorsports teammates Josh Berry and Justin Allgaier completed the top five.

More than one-third of the 75-lap race was run under caution, as rain played havoc with the drivers and contributed to several multi-car incidents.

STAGE 1: Ty Gibbs

STAGE 2: Myatt Snider

NOTABLE: AJ Allmendinger has won six of the last 14 Xfinity Series events on road courses.

NEXT: The series takes the next two weekends off and returns June 25 at Nashville Superspeedway (3:30 p.m. ET on USA).

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