(ELKHART LAKE, Wis) — A.J. Allmendinger took home the checkered flag at Road America.
He slipped past Justin Allgaier with seven laps remaining to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Johnsonville Sausage 200. He was able to hold onto the lead despite a late restart and a pair of nerve-testing green-white-checkered overtime finishes.
Parker Klingerman, Owen Kelly and Sam Hornish Jr. rounded out the top five.
It was Allmendinger’s first career Nationwide Series victory and served as redemption for the 31-year-old. He sat out part of last season because of a violation of NASCAR’s substance-abuse policy and is looking to rebuild his career.
Even after all Allmendinger has been though, Roger Penske never stopped believing in him. That faith paid off on Saturday.
It’s just meant the world to me,” Allmendinger said. “This was the only way I could repay him. I was trying so hard out there and, at times, probably over-trying.
Nationwide Series action resumes June 28. at Kentucky.
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Jill Martin, CNN