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Allgaier Wins Chicagoland

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, September 17 2017

Justin Allgaier drove the No. 7 Chevrolet to victory in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Ashley R Dickerson)

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Grabbing the lead with a bold move to the inside after a restart on Lap 186 of 200, Justin Allgaier, an Illinois native, captured the victory in Saturday’s TheHouse.com 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season finale at Chicagoland Speedway.

Brendan Gaughan rallied from three laps down to finish 13th on the lead lap and nail down the final spot in the playoffs.

With a push from regular-season champion and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler, Allgaier powered his No. 7 Chevrolet to the bottom entering Turn 1 on Lap 186, passing both polesitter Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.

But Allgaier was far from home free. A caution for Ryan Reed’s spin in Turn 2—under hard racing against Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.—slowed the field for the fifth and final time and set a restart with seven laps left.

Once again, Allgaier surged into the lead, with Jones chasing. But Jones had changed lanes and moved to the outside of Sadler before he reached the start / finish line and was slapped with a pass-through penalty that ended his winning chances.

Allgaier took the checkered flag 1.772 seconds ahead of charging Kyle Larson, who fought back from a late pit road speeding penalty to finish second. Sadler came home third, followed by Daniel Henric and Austin Dillon.

“Justin had a great restart there,” said team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who has three cars in the Playoffs. “He found an opportunity and seized it.”

“This is incredible, man,” said Allgaier, who won for the second time this year, the second time at Chicagoland Speedway and the fifth time in his career. “I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Victory Lane here before, but on fuel mileage.

“Today, my team, the 7 team, did a great job… Coming down to the end, I didn’t think we had a shot. I thought we were going to be top-five, maybe. But those late restarts—we got great restarts… We’ve got a lot of good momentum, and, man, we want to go to Homestead and pull home this championship.”

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – TheHouse.com 300

Chicagoland Speedway

Joliet, Illinois

Saturday, September 16, 2017

  1. (14) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.
  2. (3) Kyle Larson(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  3. (6) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 200.
  4. (9) Daniel Hemric #, Chevrolet, 200.
  5. (13) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  6. (7) Matt Tifft #, Toyota, 200.
  7. (5) Cole Custer #, Ford, 200.
  8. (17) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 200.
  9. (11) Blake Koch, Chevrolet, 200.
  10. (16) Darrell Wallace Jr., Ford, 200.
  11. (12) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet, 200.
  12. (15) Brandon Jones, Chevrolet, 200.
  13. (19) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 200.
  14. (24) Spencer Gallagher #, Chevrolet, 200.
  15. (18) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 200.
  16. (20) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 200.
  17. (10) Ryan Reed, Ford, 200.
  18. (1) Erik Jones(i), Toyota, 200.
  19. (2) Daniel Suarez(i), Toyota, 199.
  20. (23) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 199.
  21. (25) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 198.
  22. (34) David Starr, Chevrolet, 197.
  23. (21) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 196.
  24. (22) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 196.
  25. (27) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 196.
  26. (4) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 196.
  27. (29) Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 196.
  28. (37) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 194.
  29. (31) Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 193.
  30. (35) Chris Cockrum, Chevrolet, 193.
  31. (32) Mario Gosselin, Chevrolet, 184.
  32. (39) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 184.
  33. (8) William Byron #, Chevrolet, Transmission, 166.
  34. (30) Josh Bilicki, Chevrolet, Electrical, 152.
  35. (26) BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, Engine, 86.
  36. (28) Timmy Hill, Dodge, Vibration, 33.
  37. (33) Garrett Smithley, Toyota, Engine, 24.
  38. (38) Morgan Shepherd, Chevrolet, Handling, 23.
  39. (36) Jeff Green, Chevrolet, Brakes, 8.
  40. (40) Matt Mills(i), Chevrolet, Vibration, 3.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  133.218 mph.

Time of Race:  02 Hrs, 15 Mins, 07 Secs. Margin of Victory:  1.772 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  5 for 24 laps.

Lead Changes:  11 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   E. Jones(i) 1-47; C. Custer # 48; E. Jones(i) 49-92; C. Custer # 93-130; K. Larson(i) 131-145; C. Custer # 146; K. Larson(i) 147-151; C. Custer # 152; K. Larson(i) 153-154; R. Blaney(i) 155-182; E. Jones(i) 183-185; J. Allgaier 186-200.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  E. Jones(i) 3 times for 94 laps; C. Custer # 4 times for 41 laps; R. Blaney(i) 1 time for 28 laps; K. Larson(i) 3 times for 22 laps; J. Allgaier 1 time for 15 laps.

Stage #1 Top Ten: 20,42,00,22,18,1,7,19,2,21

Stage #2 Top Ten: 20,00,22,42,1,18,2,7,3,19

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, September 17 2017
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