Solid 8th Place Finish by Allgaier Keeps Him Third in the NXS Standings

Allgaier qualified 13th for the 200-lap race, which was postponed until Saturday afternoon due to rain. A caution came out when the field took the green as several cars spun. The race finally got under way on lap 6 and the No. 7 Chevy was running in the 13th position when another yellow came out on lap 9. Under the yellow, Allgaier reported to the team that so far the Hellmann’s Camaro was pretty good. Once back to green on lap 15, Allgaier began gaining positions on the track, ending Stage One in the eighth position.

Under the stage-ending caution, the team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment after Allgaier relayed that his Chevy was tight center out at both ends of the track. Restarting in 14th on lap 52, the JR Motorsports driver immediately began working his way back towards the top 10, finding himself in seventh on lap 64. He came over the radio to report that the Hellmann’s Chevy was free in and tight off everywhere, but was able to maintain seventh position for the end of Stage Two on lap 90.

The Hellmann’s pit crew made a fast stop under the yellow for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment. Allgaier took the green flag in 10th on lap 100, but was loose to start. Running in 14th on lap 102, the car started coming to him and he was back inside the top 10 on lap 121. The caution came out for possible fluid on the track on lap 130 and the team took the opportunity to pit for two right-side tires, fuel and another track-bar adjustment.

Allgaier restarted in sixth on lap 137 and was up to fifth before the No. 18 of Kyle Busch got by him on lap 138. He was running in seventh when another caution came out on lap 168. The Illinois native radioed to the team that the No. 7 Chevy was tight center out. Opting to come down pit road, the crew made a stop for four tires and fuel. Allgaier restarted in 11th on lap 173 and was able to work his way up to eighth before the checkered flag waved.

Busch won the 300-mile race and was followed by Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones, with Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon rounding out the top five. Allgaier was the second-highest-finishing Xfinity Series regular of the race.

“It was a pretty solid day for our Hellmann’s team, which we needed. We weren’t blistering fast, but our No. 7 Chevy had a lot of speed when we felt like we should. When you come to these mile-and-a-half tracks, especially repaves, it’s so hard to hit it just right. Everybody at JR Motorsports was working really hard to try to make that happen and I felt like we were doing that. Overall it was a good day.” – Justin Allgaier