With his win in the XFINITY GoBowling 250, Justin Allgaier could be a serious threat for the series title
Justin Allgaier did not have a great start to his season, but as he gets closer to the playoffs, he could be a dark horse to win it all. After winning the XFINITY GoBowling 250 at Richmond Raceway Friday night, he has two victories in his last five outings. Before that, he had just one in his previous sixty.
Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Camaro won the second stage and wound up in a back and forth with Justin Haley. Once the No. 11 took command, he opened up a big lead, but Allgaier fought back and would take the lead one final time with 25 to go. It was his 13th career series win. Both cars barely made it to the end on worn tires, but they were good enough to keep Kyle Busch from his 98th XFINITY victory. He wound up P3.
With just two races left in the regular season, Sunday at Richmond in the back half of this doubleheader weekend, and next Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, Michael Annett has clinched a spot in the playoffs on points. That leaves just three spots left open.
At this point, the three drivers above the cut line are Riley Herbst, Ryan Sieg, and Brandon Brown. But in striking distance are Jeremy Clements (-43), Myatt Snider (-69), Josh Williams (-88), and Jesse Little (-96). Someone outside the top-16 could also jump the line with a victory.
The GoBowling 250 was initially on the XFINITY Series calendar. Saturday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 is Michigan’s realigned date from June 6. It was supposed to be carried by FS1, but with the football season underway, NBC Sports Network will broadcast it instead.
Kyle Busch was one of the 37 cars entered, and it will be the last in the XFINITY Series. He has reached the maximum of five allowed by Cup regulars.
Matt Mills (No. 5 Supra) sent to the back for unapproved adjustments. The No. 07 Camaro had a late driver change (Joey Gase in) and also started in the back. No driver was listed prior.
RACE BREAKDOWN – JUSTIN ALLGAIER WIN
LAP 1 (of 250): Ross Chastain (pole) and Brandon Jones pace the field to the green flag.
LAP 14: Colby Howard hits the outside wall and stalls on the track. There would be no free pass. Restart Lap 24.
LAP 40: Competition Caution. Top-ten: Haley, Chastain, Cindric, H Burton, Briscoe, B Jones, Herbst, Gragson, Grala, Busch. No free pass. Several cars stayed out, and the No. 20 Supra of Harrison Burton led the restart.
LAP 45: Myatt Snider, after contact with Josh Williams, spins and hits the inside wall on the backstretch for the second race-related caution. Colby Howard is the Lucky Dog. Harrison Burton and Brandon Jones led the field on the restart.
CAUTION FREE THE REST OF THE WAY
LAP 75: End Stage 1. Austin Cindric picks up his tenth stage win of the year. Kyle Busch was as high as second but fell back to eighth because he was running on the same tires from the start of the race. Race off pit row: Cindric out first. Jeb Burton picks up four spots. Bayley Currey gets the free pass. Twenty-six cars on the lead lap. Restart Lap 84.
LAP 150: End Stage 2. Clean and green throughout. Justin Allgaier dominated, winning by more than two seconds for his ninth stage win. Brandon Jones is the Lucky Dog that will put 18 cars on the lead lap. Race off pit row: Allgaier and Chastain first out, Cindric comes out third after picking up three spots. Kyle Busch loses two. Only three lead changes in stage – Briscoe, Cindric, and Allgaier. Restart Lap 158, Allgaier retains the lead.
LAP 190 (60 to go): Justin Haley (No. 11 Camaro) opens up a 2.5-second lead over Allgaier after making a perfect pass down on the yellow line. Kyle Busch more than four seconds off the pace in third. Moffitt and Cindric round out the top five. Jeb Burton was having a solid night and was as high as fifth in the final stage, but a brake issue put him behind the wall. He returned but was 15 laps back in P33.
Lap 225 (25 to go): Allgaier catches Haley and passes him to regain the lead. Kyle Busch back by 2.6. Just 14 cars left on the lead lap. Caution free in the final stage to this point. Even with tires that were beyond worn, Allgaier was still able to hold off Haley by 0.604 seconds.
STAGE 1-2 TOP 10 FINISHERS – LAPS 75 / 150
1 – Cindric, Briscoe, Chastain, Haley, Allgaier, Annett, Grala, Busch, Moffitt, Clements
2 – Allgaier, Chastain, Haley, Busch, Grala, Cindric, Moffitt, Gragson, Annett
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