Topsy Turvy Outing at Mid-Ohio Results in DNF and 31st Place Finish for Allgaier

For the second consecutive weekend, Justin Allgaier had a fast, road coarse Chevrolet race car, this time at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Midland, Ohio for the running of the Mid-Ohio Challenge NASACAR Xfinity Series race.

Despite a spin out on lap one due to oil on the racing surface that dropped Allgaier's #7 BRANDT/Northeastern Supply Camaro from 5th to 30th and brought out the race's first caution of the day, Justin and his crew remained steadfast.

Restarting in that 30th spot on lap 8, Allgaier picked his way through traffic expertly and improved his position on the race track with every lap. By the 16th circuit, four laps from the end of the race's first segment, Allgaier's Crew Chef Jason Burdett made the call to pit before the end of the segment to get better track position when the majority of the leaders would pit under the end-of-segment yellow. The stop came just as the yellow flag was again displayed for a violent crash involving the Chevrolet driven by Matt Bell.

Justin was running in the 25th position at the time and was able to remain on the race track and not pit during the yellow to move the #7 Chevy up to 13th. Several more lead lap cars pitted for fresh tires, fuel and chassis adjustments under this caution period and it enabled Justin to restart the 75-lap race around Mid-Ohio's 2.258-mile set-up in 6th. It finally gave Justin the opportunity to begin challenging the leaders, many of whom were road racing standouts hired by many of the top NASCAR Xfinity Series race teams to battle for the win.

Allgaier moved into 4th place with a superb pass mid-way through the race's second segment and was able to hold that spot at the checkers to add to Justin's Playoff points total that ranks near the top of this year's competitors list of full-time Xfinity Series pilots. Burdett did bring the #7 back down pit road for tires, gas and an adjustment during the end of the second segment caution and the #7 was showing in the 3rd position when the final 25-lap segment took the green flag. The only cars running ahead of Justin when the race re-started was leader and eventual race winner Sam Hornish, Jr. driving the #22 Ford for Penske Racing, and the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry driven by James Davison, another road racing guru.

Allgaier battled Davison for position, in particular for a couple of laps, and that is when Davison turned Allgaier's race machine around in turn 5. By the time Justin could get back onto the racing surface, he had dropped all the way back to 30th again and Allgaier was forced to pit for new Good Year Eagle tires and fuel as well.

Once the race resumed, Allgaier promptly improved his position by five when yet another yellow was displayed on lap 59. Again, Allgaier pitted for tires, fuel and an adjustment that would enable him to go the distance that remained in the race and with ample time to run through the field at the drop of the green starting in the 28th position.

Just a few laps after the re-start, though, a 10-car incident in turn 1 that included Justin's #7 Chevrolet occurred to bring out the red flag for 11 minutes to give service vehicles the opportunity to clean up the race rack and haul away cars that had too much damage to continue. The #7 this time was too severely damaged to continue for Allgaier's 3rd DNF this season.

"It was a rough day for us here at Mid-Ohio." Allgaier stated. Unfortunately, we had some oil on the race track early and got off track. Jason (Crew Chief Burdett) made some great calls and we managed traffic really well to get back up there into a good position (on the race track). But we got run over off the race track with a few laps to go, and that put us behind again and ultimately we got collected in one of those re-starts.

"It's really a shame for our team because we had a solid day going and were going to pretty easily finish in the top five, but we have nothing to show for it in the end," he added.

Hornish beat back the challenges of rookies Daniel Hemric and Matt Tifft, Davison and Brendan Gaughan over the final laps to earn the win. Hornish was followed across the stripe by runner-up Hemric, Tifft, Davison and Andy Lally.

Elliott Sadler, the season-long leader in driver points, finished 6th and added points to his advantages over both 2nd place William Byron and 3rd place Allgaier. All three drivers and teams are from JR Motorsports. Byron finished 25th after making a strong stretch run and running in the top 10 late only to get involved in an incident with a couple of laps remaining that destroyed the front end of his race car. Sadler now leads Byron by 81 points and Allgaier by 142.