Late Race Wreck Sets Allgaier Back in Firecracker 250

Justin Allgaier and the TradeMark Nitrogen team finished 30th in the Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway after getting caught up in a late-race wreck. Allgaier now sits third in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings, 69 points outside of the lead.

The field took the green flag on Friday night during its scheduled time, but only 11 laps would be completed before rain forced a red flag. Allgaier qualified 25th, but had to move to the rear of the field due to unapproved adjustments. The 31-year-old drove the TradeMark Nitrogen Chevy all the way up to 18th before the race was called for the evening.

The 250-mile race resumed on Saturday afternoon and before the field took the green, the No. 7 team made a pit stop for four fresh tires and fuel. Allgaier restarted 32nd on lap 14 and worked his way inside the top 20 on lap 16. When Stage One ended on lap 30, the TradeMark Nitrogen Chevy was scored in the 16th position. The team opted to stay out under the stage-ending caution and Allgaier took the green flag as the leader on lap 35. The Illinois native was in fifth place inside the draft when a yellow flag waved for weather on lap 37. The red flag was shown for nearly two-and-a-half hours before cars were able to take to the track again.

Restarting fifth on lap 41, Allgaier was still inside the top 10, in sixth, when another caution came out on lap 51. Under the yellow, he relayed to the team that the No. 7 Camaro was tight in and loose off. Crew chief Jason Burdett made the call for Allgaier to stay out on the track and he took the green flag in second on lap 58. Stage Two ended just two laps later, with Allgaier running in 11th place after another line got a better run coming to the finish.

Under caution, Allgaier radioed that the right-rear quarter panel on the TradeMark Nitrogen Chevy was extremely aero sensitive. The team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and wedge adjustments on both the left and right rear. He took the green in 26th place on lap 66 and began working his way forward within the draft. Up to 10th on lap 76, Allgaier got shuffled to the outside and drifted back further in the field. He was back up to 15th when the caution was shown on lap 87 and when the field restarted with 10 laps to go, Allgaier was up to 10th before another yellow waved.

On the restart with four laps remaining, the JR Motorsports driver was making moves in the outside line. Coming to the white flag, Allgaier’s No. 7 Chevy received heavy damage after getting caught up in a wreck. He was able to limp his Camaro to pit road, but there was too much damage to resume the race, resulting in a 30th-place finish for the team.

Allgaier’s JRM teammates William Byron and Elliott Sadler swept the front row at Daytona, with Byron earning his second consecutive NXS win. Dakoda Armstrong, Jeb Burton and David Starr rounded out the top five.

“I’m super pumped for my teammates William Byron and Elliott Sadler for getting the one-two finish here at Daytona. I hate it for my TradeMark Nitrogen team as well as the No. 5 team that we both got caught up in a wreck at the end. For a second there, I thought all four of our JRM cars were going have great finishes, but it just didn’t work out. I’m ready to head on to Kentucky next week. Daytona was not very kind to us this year.” - Justin Allgaier