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Justin Allgaier dominates in NASCAR Xfinity win at Darlington

Justin Allgaier dominates in NASCAR Xfinity win at Darlington

Allgaier took both stage victories and in the final stage the pit crew on his No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team got him first off pit road during two critical stops.

A late-race caution sent all the cars down pit road and after Allgaier beat his teammate Sam Mayer off pit road, he easily cleared for the lead on the restart and cruised to a 3.407-second win over Austin Hill.

The victory is the first this season for Allgaier and 24th of his career. Allgaier, 37, is now tied with his team co-owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., for 10th all-time in series wins.

“We’ve had a such a heck of a year. We’ve led a ton of laps and just haven’t been able to do it,” said Allgaier, who led 119 of 147 laps Saturday, including the final 95. “It’s a true testament to (my crew) and everybody back at JR Motorsports.

“Having a little gray hair today helped me out though especially those long green flag runs.”

Allgaier’s previous best finish this season was third at Texas. He and Mayer have now both qualified for the series playoffs with victories this year.

Cole Custer rebounded from having to pit twice midrace to fix loose lug nuts and ended up third, Mayer was fourth and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.

Completing the top 10 were Parker Kligerman, Riley Herbst, Jesse Love, Sheldon Creed and Brandon Jones.

Stage 1
Allgaier grabbed the lead on a restart with 20 of 45 laps to go and held off Hill to take the Stage 1 win. Mayer was third, A.J. Allmendinger fourth and Kligerman rounded out the top five.

Stage 2
Allgaier led every green flag lap and beat Hill by 0.728 seconds to complete a sweep of both stage victories. Kligerman was third, Mayer fourth and Almirola ended up fifth.

Stage 3
During the break between Stages 2 and 3, the lead-lap cars all elected to pit with Allgaier first off pit road. He led Hill, Almirola and Mayer when the race returned to green with 49 laps remaining.

Hailie Deegan had a left-rear tire come apart and spun in Turn 1 on lap 102 which brought out a caution and sent all the lead-lap cars down pit road for new tires.

Only a handful of cars hit pit road for new tires and Allgaier remained on the track and in the lead when the race resumed with 39 laps to go.

Kyle Sieg spun off Turn 2 to bring out another caution on lap 123 and the entire field decided to pit for new tires. Allgaier was first off pit road and led Mayer and Hill on the restart with 16 laps remaining.

Allgaier maintained a solid lead over Hill and Custer with 10 laps to go.

CLA
DRIVER
#
 
MANUFACTURER
LAPS
TIME
INTERVAL
PITS
POINTS

1
J. Allgaier
7
 
 
147

1:48’57.622

 
6
 

2
A. Hill
21
 
 
147

+3.407

1:49’01.029

3.407
7
 

3
C. Custer
00
 
 
147

+4.194

1:49’01.816

0.787
8
 

4

S. Mayer

1
 
 
147

+4.843

1:49’02.465

0.649
7
 

5
A. Almirola
20
 
 
147

+5.776

1:49’03.398

0.933
7
 

6
P. Kligerman
48
 
 
147

+5.951

1:49’03.573

0.175
8
 

7
R. Herbst
98
 
 
147

+9.009

1:49’06.631

3.058
7
 

8

J. Love

2
 
 
147

+9.432

1:49’07.054

0.423
7
 

9
S. Creed
18
 
 
147

+9.791

1:49’07.413

0.359
7
 

10
B. Jones
9
 
 
147

+10.075

1:49’07.697

0.284
7
 

11
W. Byron
17
 
 
147

+10.395

1:49’08.017

0.320
8
 

12

C. Smith

81
 
 
147

+10.694

1:49’08.316

0.299
9
 

13
R. Sieg
39
 
 
147

+11.118

1:49’08.740

0.424
7
 

14

A. Alfredo

5
 
 
147

+12.577

1:49’10.199

1.459
7
 

15
S. van Gisbergen
97
 
 
147

+13.849

1:49’11.471

1.272
7
 

16
J. Burton
27
 
 
147

+14.353

1:49’11.975

0.504
7
 

17
K. Weatherman
91
 
 
147

+15.779

1:49’13.401

1.426
7
 

18

T. Gray

19
 
 
147

+16.139

1:49’13.761

0.360
7
 

19

C. Kvapil

88
 
 
147

+16.462

1:49’14.084

0.323
7
 

20
B. Poole
44
 
 
147

+16.624

1:49’14.246

0.162
7
 

21
J. Williams
11
 
 
147

+16.842

1:49’14.464

0.218
8
 

22
J. Bilicki
92
 
 
147

+19.539

1:49’17.161

2.697
7
 

23
J. Nemechek
26
 
 
147

+19.545

1:49’17.167

0.006
9
 

24
D. Starr
14
 
 
147

+19.961

1:49’17.583

0.416
7
 

25
M. DiBenedetto
38
 
 
147

+22.271

1:49’19.893

2.310
7
 

26
C. Finchum
35
 
 
147

+22.545

1:49’20.167

0.274
7
 

27

B. Perkins

29
 
 
147

+22.637

1:49’20.259

0.092
7
 

28

D. Cram

4
 
 
147

+33.222

1:49’30.844

10.585
7
 

29
G. Smithley
6
 
 
146

+1 Lap

1:49’05.913

1 Lap
6
 

30

L. Honeyman

42
 
 
146

+1 Lap

1:49’10.673

4.760
9
 

31

P. Retzlaff

31
 
 
146

+1 Lap

1:49’15.166

4.493
8
 

32

K. Sieg

28
 
 
146

+1 Lap

1:49’21.577

6.411
9
 

33

E. Patrick

07
 
 
146

+1 Lap

1:49’23.413

1.836
7
 

34

S. Smith

8
 
 
146

+1 Lap

1:49’23.823

0.410
8
 

35
A. Allmendinger
16
 
 
126

+21 Laps

1:49’18.117

20 Laps
8
 

36
H. Deegan
15
 
 
102

+45 Laps

1:15’04.096

24 Laps
6
 

37
J. Clements
51
 
 
94

+53 Laps

1:49’21.702

8 Laps
8
 

38
R. Ellis
43
 
 
71

+76 Laps

49’38.665

23 Laps
6

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