Broken Transmission Dooms Top 5 New Hampshire Run for Allgaier

Justin Allgaier had things going his way Saturday during the running of the Overton 200, NASCAR Xfinity Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. His race car was fast, he led the race and was running within the top five throughout the first half of the race before disaster struck.

Running solidly inside the top ten after 70 of the event's scheduled 200 laps around NHMS' unique mile oval, Allgaier radioed back to crew chief Jason Burdett that something was amiss with the BRANDT Agricultural/Northeastern Supply Chevrolet. Burdett ordered Allgaier to take the race car to the garage on lap 82 where the diagnosis was a broken transmission, necessitating 27 laps to repair before sending the #7 Chevy back onto the race track for some mop up work.

The problem, resulting in a disappointing 32nd place finish for Allgaier's second finish of 30th or worse in two of the last two starts, dropped Justin to 90 points behind season-long points leader and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler. Allgaier's other JRM teammate, rookie of the year contender and already a 2-time winner on the Xfinity Series, William Byron, is 45 points better than Justin in 2nd place after posting a solid 3rd place finish in the New Hampshire test.

"We had a really fast race car today that was probably a top five car, but unfortunately our finish didn't show that," Allgaier stated. "We had driveline issues and had to go to the garage to change the transmission. Hats off to the crew, though, as they made the repairs fast and were able to get us back out as quick as possible," he added.

Veteran and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch went on to win the race with rookie Ryan Preece, Byron, Kyle Larson and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five finishers. Keselowski led the most laps with 102 but faded towards the end.

Allgaier started the race in the 11th position but broke into the top ten on the race's first lap. The #7 continued to climb up the scoreboard, cracking the top five less than 20 laps into the race's first segment. Allgaeir continued to use strategy to gain valuable playoff points with strong segment finishes and did so again over the first segment by finishing 6th after a spirited battle for the top spot with Sadler who finished 4th.Larson won the first segment.

Justin appeared headed for more segment points during the second segment as he was running 7th when the drive train problems took over.