CONCORD, NC – Good thing Justin Allgaier accumulated all of those playoff points in the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season. If he didn’t, he’d be on the outside looking in with one race remaining in the first round.
Allgaier, the top seed in this year’s playoffs, now sits seventh, only 11 points ahead of the cutoff as we head to the cutoff race at Dover next Saturday. That would be a huge storyline next weekend if the JR Motorsports driver fails to advance.
Heading into the playoffs, Allgaier had 14 straight top 10 finishes. In fact, he had seven top three finishes, three of those wins, in his last nine races. He wasn’t just the top seed, he was the overall favorite to win the title.
The Illinois native tied Christopher Bell for the most wins in the regular season with five trips to victory lane, two of which on road courses. So, for the series to be heading to a ROVAL this weekend, he was a favorite to win and make up for last weeks 32nd place result at Richmond.
Instead, it was a dismal day for him. He failed to score any stage points and was spun by Austin Cindric in the second stage, causing some minor damage to his No. 7 Chevrolet. Still, the damage was done as he’d only finish 15th in Saturday’s Drive for the Cure 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Luckily for him, he won the race at Dover earlier this season and has finishes of second (Phoenix), second (Bristol), 14th (Richmond), first (Dover), first (Iowa), second (Iowa), third (Bristol) and 32nd (Richmond) respectively on short tracks this season.
He’ll have a chance to win but if bad luck strikes like it did in each of the last two weeks, he’s in trouble.