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Earnhardt Jr. grabs first Xfinity series victory in six years

RICHMOND, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. dominated all day and regained the lead on a late restart to win Saturday's NASCAR Xfinity series race at Richmond International Raceway, his 24th victory in the series and first in more than six years.

It was his first win in one of his own JR Motorsports cars, which he said "makes it a little better."

Earnhardt led 128 of 149 laps (including nine laps of overtime) in the ToyotaCare 250 but was beaten off pit road after a late stop by teammate Justin Allgaier, one of four drivers contending for a $100,000 bonus. Brennan Poole, another contender for the bonus, stayed on the track on old tires, and when Earnhardt dove under him heading into Turn 1, Poole's car nudged the back of Allgaier's, sending him spinning out.

Earnhardt got back in front and Ty Dillon was second to claim the bonus.

"I don't run the Xfinity series but a couple of times a year, so the opportunities to win are few and far between," Earnhardt said. His last victory in the series came at Daytona in 2010, driving for Richard Childress in the No. 3 that Dale Earnhardt Sr. made famous.

IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud continued his hot streak by taking the pole for today's Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham. Pagenaud, the points leader, has a win and two runnerup spots in the first three races. St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais starts a season-best fifth.

NHRA: Alexis DeJoria topped qualifying in Funny Car at the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. Steve Torrence led Top Fuel, Greg Anderson topped Pro Stock, and Eddie Krawiec led Pro Stock Motorcycle also earned No. 1 positions for today's event.

Earnhardt Jr. grabs first Xfinity series victory in six years 04/23/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 23, 2016 8:57pm]
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