Justin Allgaier sweeps NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Richmond

Justin Allgaier completed the Richmond sweep in a NASCAR Xfinity Series doubleheader this weekend.

Allgaier collected his 14th career win and third of the 2020 season in another impressive showing at the Virginia short track, leading 78 of 250 laps.

“I knew how good our car was all day,” Allgaier said. “I knew at the end there, I knew we had speed. I knew when we needed to go, we could. I just didn’t know how fast. My teammates did a fantastic job today. 

“I’m so proud of these guys. I put us behind the eight-ball, we had to change the nose (of the car) last night. I stayed here with them until the garage closed just trying to help them get it all fixed. The amount of effort that has gone into this weekend is really special. Everybody who is a part of this deal, it’s just really special.”

The JR Motorsports driver was driving away in the closing laps when a caution set up a 13-lap shootout. He held position and captured his second NXS win in as many days.

Jeb Burton finished a career-best second, Ross Chastain third, Harrison Burton fourth and Justin Haley fifth.

Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, Brandon Jones, Kaz Grala and Austin Cindric completed the top-ten.

Stage 1

Brandon Jones took the early lead to start the second 250-lap race of the weekend. Chase Briscoe remained close and moved into the lead on Lap 17.

With a field invert setting the starting lineup, there were a lot of comers and goers early in the race with the Kaulig Racing cars and Allgaier all charging towards the front.

The lead changed hands once again on Lap 30 when Noah Gragson got around Briscoe.

A competition caution ten laps later brought the field back together and Allgaier was finally able to get out front.

He went unchallenged, cruising to the Stage 1 win. Gragson, Haley, Chastain, H. Burton, Annett, Herbst, J. Burton, Sieg and Grala rounded out the top ten.

Stage 2

Chastain was able to complete a three-wide pass for the lead on a Lap 83 restart, but Allgaier remained close.

He chased Chastain through slower traffic and reclaimed the race lead with just over 20 laps to go in the stage.

Soon after, Colby Howard got into the wall and the caution flag flew. Chastain and others opted to take one of their two remaining sets of fresh tires then while Allgaier opted to wait until the end of the stage. Six other drivers followed suit.

Chastain charged to the front and battled with teammate Haley for the stage win, prevailing for just his second playoff point of the year.

Haley, J. Burton, Briscoe, H. Burton, Cindric, Herbst, Allgaier, Gragson and Grala rounded out the top-ten.

Stage 3

Allgaier restarted outside the top-ten but quickly made up lost ground as he was now the driver with fresh rubber.

Out front, Burton took a turn out front, but Allgaier ran him down just 13 laps later. From that point onward, he drove away.

But things changed with just 22 laps to go as Riley Herbst went spinning into the outside wall.

The race became a 13-lap dash with Allgaier holding on for the victory with JR Motorsports teammate Burton just over two seconds back.

Cla#Driver ManufacturerLapsTimeGapIntervalLaps Led
17 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet2502:02’58.951  78
211 Justin Haley Chevrolet2502:02’59.5550.6040.60451
354 Kyle Busch Toyota2502:03’01.5012.5501.946 
422 Austin Cindric Ford2502:03’06.7247.7735.22364
510 Ross Chastain Chevrolet2502:03’07.3438.3920.61939
602 Brett Moffitt Chevrolet2502:03’09.87110.9202.528 
71 Michael Annett Chevrolet2502:03’11.06712.1161.196 
89 Noah Gragson Chevrolet2502:03’11.33012.3790.263 
921 Kaz Grala Chevrolet2502:03’14.67615.7253.346 
1018Riley Herbst Toyota2492:03’02.6871 Lap1 Lap 
1198 Chase Briscoe Ford2492:03’03.3471 Lap0.6607
1239 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet2492:03’04.1101 Lap0.763 
135 Matt Mills Chevrolet2492:03’04.2801 Lap0.170 
1419 Brandon Jones Toyota2492:03’05.0301 Lap0.750 
1544 Tommy Joe Martins Chevrolet2492:03’09.2171 Lap4.187 
1620 Harrison Burton Toyota2492:03’10.2961 Lap1.07911
1751 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet2482:03’00.7902 Laps1 Lap 
1868 Brandon Brown Chevrolet2482:03’13.6422 Laps12.852 
1908Joe Jr. Chevrolet2482:03’20.1862 Laps6.544 
2007 Joey Gase Chevrolet2482:03’20.4572 Laps0.271 
2174 Bayley Currey Chevrolet2482:03’20.7362 Laps0.279 
2292 Josh Williams Chevrolet2472:02’59.2083 Laps1 Lap 
2336 Alex Labbé Chevrolet2472:03’00.5693 Laps1.361 
240 Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet2472:03’08.5183 Laps7.949 
254 Jesse Little Chevrolet2472:03’21.7173 Laps13.199 
2647 Kyle Weatherman Chevrolet2472:03’24.9433 Laps3.226 
2761 Chad Finchum Toyota2462:03’02.3804 Laps1 Lap 
2878Mason Massey Chevrolet2462:03’03.1634 Laps0.783 
2952Kody Vanderwal Chevrolet2462:03’07.5594 Laps4.396 
306 B.J. McLeod Chevrolet2452:03’06.4675 Laps1 Lap 
3199 Vinnie Miller Toyota2422:03’08.2898 Laps3 Laps 
3290Dexter Bean Chevrolet2412:03’23.9049 Laps1 Lap 
338 Jeb Burton Chevrolet2332:03’08.10217 Laps8 Laps 
3415Colby Howard Chevrolet2202:03’17.42930 Laps13 Laps 
3513 Stephen Leicht Toyota881:26’55.374162 Laps132 Laps 
3693 Myatt Snider Chevrolet4626’13.484204 Laps42 Laps 
3766 Timmy Hill Toyota41’44.733246 Laps42 Laps 


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