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Justin Allgaier holds off teammate Sadler to win Xfinity at Dover

Justin Allgaier (7) takes the checkered flag in front of Elliott Sadler (1) to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Dover International Speedway. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)
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DOVER, Del. – Justin Allgaier won a $100,000 bonus by holding off teammate Elliott Sadler in a door-to-door race through the final turn at Dover International Speedway to win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday.

Sadler used lapped traffic to set up his attempt to snatch the lead from Allgaier and played it perfectly as he pulled alongside Allgaier. The two Chevrolets touched and Allgaier wiggled but held on for the victory.

“That race, you couldn’t ask for anything better,” Allgaier said. “You can never think about these finishes, about how they are going to come. When we were coming to the checkered and we were in the fence, I was thinking how disappointed I would be (if we didn’t win).”

He’s the 10th different Xfinity Series winner in 10 races this season. Dating to last year, a record 13 different drivers have won.

Allgaier collected the $100,000 bonus from series sponsor Xfinity with the victory. His first win of the season was also his first at the Delaware mile and came during a year in which he’d finished second three times already this season.

Sadler led 33 laps and finished .306 seconds behind his JR Motorsports teammate.

“I have three great teammates and the amount of respect Elliott showed me out there was great,” Allgaier said. “Obviously, we got together coming to the checkered, but I expected that. He had to do what he had to do and we did what we had to do.

“This whole team is incredible and to be part of this group is something special. I think we have a great shot at a championship.”

Daniel Hemric finished third, Christopher Bell was fourth and Tyler Reddick completed the top five.

NASCAR started the race one hour earlier than scheduled to avoid rain and completed the event without interruption.