RICHMOND, VA – Luckily Justin Allgaier scored all of those playoff points in the regular season or he would be in a similar situation that Cole Custer’s in right now. Arguably, two of the hottest drivers in the NASCAR XFINITY Series were involved in the same Lap 225 crash in Friday night’s GoBowling 250 at the Richmond Raceway.
Both also were heading towards top 10 finishes in the opening race of the XFINITY Series playoffs, but Custer got into the wall in Turn 2 with 25 laps-to-go and checked everyone up behind. Allgaier, had a run but the duo got into one another causing Allgaier’s No. 7 Chevrolet to get into the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier.
Custer, would continue on to a 15th place finish in his No. 00 Ford while Allgaier came home 32nd. It was Custer’s second finish outside of the top 10 over the last three races. He also had a strong car at Indy but crashed and finished 29th there too. Prior to that, the Stewart-Haas Racing driver had eight straight top 10 finishes to his credit.
He even came home third last weekend in Vegas. Unfortunately, due to not scoring many bonus points in the regular season, Custer is now tied for the final cutoff spot in the playoffs.
Who would have thought that? Throw in a ROVAL next week and a 13th place finish at Dover back in May and you can see a big upset brewing. If he struggles next week too, Custer may not advance past the first round.
For Allgaier, his wreck ends a string of 14 straight top 10 finishes. In fact, he entered Friday night with two straight top two finishes and seven top three’s over the last eight weeks. The last time that he didn’t finish in the top 10 was at Pocono all the way back on June 2. Luckily, he had a ton of points carried over from the regular season and is still third in the standings, 18 points up.