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 3.4src7-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 1srcth 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 1src were Parker Kligerman, Riley Herbst, Jesse Love, Sheldon Creed and Brandon Jones.

Stage 1

Allgaier grabbed the lead on a restart with 2src 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 src.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 1src2 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 1src laps to go.

1 J. Allgaier 7     147

1:48’57.622

  6  
2 A. Hill 21     147

3.4src7

1:49’src1.src29

3.4src7 7  
3 C. Custer srcsrc     147

4.194

1:49’src1.816

src.787 8  
4

S. Mayer

1     147

4.843

1:49’src2.465

src.649 7  
5 A. Almirola 2src     147

5.776

1:49’src3.398

src.933 7  
6 P. Kligerman 48     147

5.951

1:49’src3.573

src.175 8  
7 R. Herbst 98     147

9.srcsrc9

1:49’src6.631

3.src58 7  
8

J. Love

2     147

9.432

1:49’src7.src54

src.423 7  
9 S. Creed 18     147

9.791

1:49’src7.413

src.359 7  
1src B. Jones 9     147

1src.src75

1:49’src7.697

src.284 7  
11 W. Byron 17     147

1src.395

1:49’src8.src17

src.32src 8  
12

C. Smith

81     147

1src.694

1:49’src8.316

src.299 9  
13 R. Sieg 39     147

11.118

1:49’src8.74src

src.424 7  
14

A. Alfredo

5     147

12.577

1:49’1src.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

src.5src4 7  
17 K. Weatherman 91     147

15.779

1:49’13.4src1

1.426 7  
18

T. Gray

19     147

16.139

1:49’13.761

src.36src 7  
19

C. Kvapil

88     147

16.462

1:49’14.src84

src.323 7  
2src B. Poole 44     147

16.624

1:49’14.246

src.162 7  
21 J. Williams 11     147

16.842

1:49’14.464

src.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

src.srcsrc6 9  
24 D. Starr 14     147

19.961

1:49’17.583

src.416 7  
25 M. DiBenedetto 38     147

22.271

1:49’19.893

2.31src 7  
26 C. Finchum 35     147

22.545

1:49’2src.167

src.274 7  
27

B. Perkins

29     147

22.637

1:49’2src.259

src.src92 7  
28

D. Cram

4     147

33.222

1:49’3src.844

1src.585 7  
29 G. Smithley 6     146

1 Lap

1:49’src5.913

1 Lap 6  
3src

L. Honeyman

42     146

1 Lap

1:49’1src.673

4.76src 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

src7     146

1 Lap

1:49’23.413

1.836 7  
34

S. Smith

8     146

1 Lap

1:49’23.823

src.41src 8  
35 A. Allmendinger 16     126

21 Laps

1:49’18.117

2src Laps 8  
36 H. Deegan 15     1src2

45 Laps

1:15’src4.src96

24 Laps 6  
37 J. Clements 51     94

53 Laps

1:49’21.7src2

8 Laps 8  
38 R. Ellis 43     71

76 Laps

49’38.665

23 Laps 6

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