Allgaier Wins Hometown 300 Race at Chicagoland

Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Chicagoland Speedway was dominated by pole sitter Erik Jones. He led 94 of the 200 laps on Saturday afternoon. He, Cole Custer, Ryan Blaney and Kyle Larson were the class of the field on the 1.5-mile track.

But, late race issues all plagued them and Justin Allgaier was there to capitalize.

Allgaier, made it three wide for the lead on the Lap 184 restart and never looked back en route to his second XFINITY Series victory of the season and fifth of his career.

What made this win so special for him was that it was at his hometown track. Allgaier, is from Illinois and not too terribly far from Chicagoland Speedway. He went for it in the end and let everyone else mess up in the process as he took his No. 7 Chevrolet to victory lane.

Justin Allgaier in Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Chicago

Allgaier, ended a 21 race winless streak as he last won at Phoenix back in March. Now, he enters the playoffs with a win and four top 11 finishes over the last five races. That comes after finishing four of the five races prior to that outside the top 20.

Larson, would bring his No. 42 Chevrolet home second for his seventh top five effort in 10 starts this year. But, he could have been the one in victory lane if not for a late race speeding penalty. He would have restarted second on that second to last restart, instead he went to the end of the lead lap. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver would charge to finish second after leading 22 laps.

Elliott Sadler came home third in his No. 1 Chevrolet for his 19th top 10 of the year. He was given the hardware after the race for the regular season championship.

Richard Childress drivers Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon would round out the top five.

Chevrolet swept the top five finishing spots too.

But, Jones also made a mistake in the end as he was second but made a restart violation for changing lanes before he crossed the finish line. He would be penalized and finish 18th.

Custer, was involved in an incident in the end and come home seventh. He’d lead 41 laps.

Blaney and Jones touched with 15 to go exiting Turn 2 which sent Blaney into the Turn 2 SAFER barrier. He would finish 26th.

Combined, they led 185 of the 200 laps.

The series will begin their playoffs next weekend at the Kentucky Speedway. 300 Results

  1.  7 Allgaier
  2. 42 Larson
  3.  1 Sadler
  4. 21 Hemric R
  5.  2 A. Dillon
  6. 19 Tifft R
  7.  3 T Dillon
  8. 00 Custer R
  9. 11 Koch
  10. 98 Wallace Jr.
  11. 48 Poole
  12. 33 B. Jones
  13. 62 Gaughan
  14. 23 Gallagher R
  15.  5 Annett
  16. 28 Armstrong
  17. 16 Reed
  18. 20 E. Jones
  19. 19 Suarez -1
  20. 51 Clements -1
  21. 14 Yeley -2
  22. 99 Starr -3
  23.  4 Chastian -4
  24. 39 Sieg -4
  25. 01 Rhodes -4
  26. 22 Blaney -4
  27. 52 Gase -4
  28. 07 Boyd -6
  29.  0 Miller -7
  30. 25 Cockrum -7
  31. 90 Gosselin -16
  32. 74 Harmon -16
  33.  9 Byron R -34
  34. 78 Bilicki OUT
  35.  8 McLeod OUT
  36. 13 Hill OUT
  37. 40 Smithley OUT
  38. 89 Shepherd OUT
  39. 93 Green OUT
  40. 15 Mills OUT

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