Justin Allgaier will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro in 2016 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, JR Motorsports announced Wednesday. The team will also enter into a multiyear partnership with BRANDT. Allgaier currently sits in the No. 51 Chevrolet SS for HScott Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series and hasn't driven in the XFINITY Series since 2013. In 174 career XFINITY Series starts, Allgaier has three wins, 84 top 10s and four poles. "JR Motorsports is privileged to bring BRANDT and Justin back into the XFINITY Series," said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, general manager of JRM, in a team press release. "Much like JRM, BRANDT is also a family business that prides itself on being an industry leader. We're excited to give both BRANDT and Justin a renewed avenue for success and look forward to what lies ahead in 2016 and beyond." Allgaier will replace Regan Smith , who has piloted the No. 7 full-time for the past three seasons and finished second in the XFINITY Series standings in 2014. Allgaier will join a JRM team that also includes Elliott Sadler , who is taking over for Sprint Cup -bound Chase Elliott . JRM will also field a third full-time XFIINITY car, the No. 88, that will be driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kevin Harvick , Kasey Kahne and Elliott, among others.
RELATED: Latest series standings As Kyle Busch races his way toward 30th in the driver standings, HScott Motorsports ' Justin Allgaier has hovered around the magic spot that makes a winning driver eligible for Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . The 29-year-old driver is 29th with five races to go until NASCAR's playoffs. While a win will get him into the postseason, his goal has been to be a little higher in the points standings. "You always set goals that are a little bit higher than what you can accomplish trying to get there, and if you accomplish them, then you've really gone above and beyond," Allgaier said at Pocono Raceway. "Realistically, I thought we'd be 25th. We're not quite there. There's still a lot of races left to go. Not saying that it can't be done. " Kyle Busch has proven that you can gain a massive amount of points in a short amount of time. I'd be OK with going on a win streak of four out of five. I don't know that that's in the cards for the near future but…" RELATED: What Busch needs to make the Chase Instead, Allgaier and his team are battling to make bad days not take too much of a toll on his points position, which reached a peak of 24th after the fifth race of the season at Auto Club Speedway. "We've given up a lot more points than we've gained," Allgaier said. "The part that's crazy is when we race on a weekly basis, let's just say we finish 25th. Even finishing 25th, you're only gaining on the guys that we're racing with, you're only gaining two to six points a week. "The problem is when you finish 40th, you're losing 10 to 15 points. Unless you have a great day, like Bristol or some of those places where we've run really well, you're not really gaining any points. You're just kind of trickling out." Of the tracks left to qualify for the Chase, Bristol is Allgaier's best chance. His 14.7 average finish is fifth among drivers in the top 30 who haven't won a race yet, behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr . (9.2), Kyle Larson (9.7), Jeff Gordon (12.0) and Greg Biffle (12.6). Allgaier had a career best eighth-place finish in April at the Tennessee short track, and his first of three XFINITY Series wins came at the World's Fastest Half-Mile in 2010. "The key to all of it is that 30th is the number, and as long as we stay there, and if we were to get that win, it'd be huge," Allgaier said. "It'd be unbelievable, but at the same time, we've got to go get the win. The only way we're going to do that is by firing on all eight cylinders and going better. "If we do that, though, I don't think we'll lose as many points. I don't think we'll fall out of the top 30. If we're running well enough on a weekly basis to go win one, I don't foresee us falling out of the top 30 in points." MORE ON WATKINS GLEN: Rain tires at the ready " Unique pit stops His third XFINITY win came on the road course in Montreal in 2012, and Allgaier is looking forward to Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). When he thinks of Watkins Glen this weekend, it brings back memories of a moment that means more than any victory . "I remember two years ago my daughter came kind of a day late," Allgaier said. "Not necessarily a day late in the process, she was pre-due date, but they induced my wife. By the time they started inducing, we went in on like a Tuesday, and she didn't have Harper until Thursday morning so it was crazy the time frame of everything. So literally we had Harper, and it was 7 o'clock in the morning, and it was 9 o'clock (at night) by the time we actually got to be with her and everything. RELATED: Allgaiers have first child "We were supposed to take off at noon on that day and so I ended up figuring out somebody that had an open seat on a plane to fly out at like 5 o'clock, but I literally got like five or six hours with my daughter and then had to get on a plane. "It's crazy. People always talk about kids and the things that you don't realize and take for granted. You have kids and it's like yep, I can already see that and I'm half a day into it. But it's cool." That perspective and planning will come in handy as he looks ahead to an uncertain 2016 but hopes to follow the same plan that got him into a full-time Sprint Cup ride in 2014, bringing sponsor Brandt with him from the XFINITY Series. "I feel like we've got a great organization, we've got a great team," Allgaier said. "It's kind of a weird situation. In one aspect, I'm kind of in limbo in the fact that all the pieces of the puzzle have to fit back together. They've done that in the past the way that this program has worked out. We've had great support from Brandt, I think this is their fifth full season that they've been on the race car so there's so many things that have kind of fallen into place the last few years. "So I hate this time of the year where you don't really know. But at the same time, I've got great people around me, and we haven't changed what we're doing because of it. We're still on the same path. We're still pushing just as hard every week to win races whether tomorrow is your last race or you're going to be here for another 10 years. "That's the only advantage to it right now. We really haven't gotten to that point where we're in scramble mode. We're still sitting pretty well so I have no complaints at the moment." Sunday's wacky ending at Pocono shows strategy plays a big role in racing. If Allgaier and crew chief Steve Addington can grab a victory in the next five races and stay in the top 30 in points, he'll make the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway, where he won his second XFINITY event, about a two-hour and 20-minute drive up Interstate 55 from his hometown of Riverton, Illilnois.
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RELATED: Play Fantasy Live now It's all down to this. Championships on the line both on the track and in Fantasy Live. Time to do what it takes to grab the title. Sure, the Championship 4 drivers have plenty on the line this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM) but that doesn't mean that there are not other worthwhile plays to fill out your lineup in Fantasy Live. Make sure to set your lineup by using the information below to guide your picks. All stats listed -- place differential, fastest laps run and laps led – are Homestead-Miami Speedway specific and categories used in Fantasy Live scoring. Last week, the data showed that Kevin Harvick was a great play for Phoenix and while he did not win, he did have the most laps led and a runner-up finish. We also recommended Aric Almirola as a sleeper pick and his top 10 proved that to be a solid selection. Good luck this weekend! Laps led, since 2005 1. Carl Edwards , 560 2. Matt Kenseth , 449 t-3. Jeff Gordon , 237 t-3. Kyle Busch , 237 Fastest laps run, since 2005 1. Carl Edwards , 267 2. Jeff Gordon , 170 3. Martin Truex Jr ., 168 Place differential, 2014 fall race 1. Ryan Newman , +19 2. Cole Whitt , +16 t-3. Danica Patrick , +14 t-3. Jamie McMurray , +14 t-3. Kyle Larson , +14 Sleeper picks Kasey Kahne : Since his first start at Homestead in 2004, Kahne has collected 10 straight top 25s there. He also has back-to-back 13th-or-better finishes in his last two starts. Owning an average finish of 14.9, Kahne has also led 107 laps, has four top 10s and an average running position of 12.6 (eighth-best). The Hendrick Motorsports driver's value is undoubtedly there for his asking price. Ryan Newman : Newman remains a feature sleeper play at Homestead. Over the past three races, the Richard Childress Racing driver is averaging 44.0 fantasy points per race, good for 10th among active NASCAR competitors. Coming off a career-best second-place finish at Homestead in 2014, Newman will be looking to improve that. He has two top fives and five top 10s in 13 starts at Miami. Value picks Ty Dillon : Dillon also comes with risk due to his part-time Cup eligibility, so he carries a bit of a gamble. In his four Cup races this season, Dillon has improved in each race by at least two spots with finishes of 28th, 26th, 18th and a season best 14th at Michigan. He owns a season place differential of +7 and an average finish of 21.5. The value is "must have" at Dillon’s asking price for Homestead. Justin Allgaier : Fresh off a 17th-place finish at Phoenix, Allgaier makes a stout value play for Homestead this weekend. In his one career race at Homestead in 2014, he started 14th and finished 15th. The HScott Motorsports driver ranks a remarkable 20th among NASCAR drivers in fantasy points averaged over his last three races with 17.4 per race.
The teams of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch head into this weekend's season-ending, championship-determining race with three warnings each, which could be an issue should either have trouble getting through inspection prior to Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM). Harvick's Stewart-Haas Racing team and Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing squad are two of the four teams in the Championship Round, which is the final round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . Also in contention for the 2015 title are Jeff Gordon ( Hendrick Motorsports ) and Martin Truex Jr . ( Furniture Row Racing ). Teams lose their opportunity in the pit selection process following qualifying if they receive a fourth warning during inspection. Failing to clear one of the inspection checkpoints, such as the Laser Inspection Station, typically results in a warning being issued. Rodney Childers, crew chief for Harvick, said he isn't concerned about a potential penalty arising at Homestead this weekend. "We've been at three (warnings) for a long time now," Childers said during a teleconference on Wednesday, "and we haven't had any issues at all. You've just got to be a little bit careful going through for qualifying and that type of thing. But honestly, the past month it hasn't even been an issue at all." Earlier this season, teams complained that the LIS platform, which measures specific points underneath the car, wasn't consistent. Childers said that hasn't been the case of late. "NASCAR is doing a really good job with that thing and changed a few lasers out on it," he said. "(Last week) at Phoenix it was really consistent. You've just got to do the best job you can and play it a little bit conservative on some things and get through qualifying and get your pit selection done." Adam Stevens, crew chief for Busch, agreed with Childers, noting that his team will "make a couple extra trips across the platform before practice starts to make sure we know exactly where our stuff is. "If there's anything that's marginal or a number we're chasing, we'll make sure that we're on the short side of it rather than taking a chance of having to go around (again)." The No. 18 team picked up its third warning last weekend when it required more than two trips through the LIS during pre-race inspection. Other Sprint Cup teams receiving warnings for inspection issues at Phoenix were the No. 16 of Roush Fenway Racing ( Greg Biffle ), the No. 20 of Joe Gibbs Racing ( Erik Jones , driving Matt Kenseth 's car), the No. 10 of Stewart-Haas Racing ( Danica Patrick ), the No. 27 of Richard Childress Racing ( Paul Menard ) and the No. 46 of HScott Motorsports ( Michael Annett ). The 20, 46, and 10 teams will also be docked 15 minutes of practice time Friday for failing to arrive in the inspection line on time. Non-Chase teams heading into this weekend's event with three warnings are the teams of Alex Bowman ( Tommy Baldwin Racing ), Denny Hamlin (JGR) and Jeb Burton ( BK Racing ), although none of those occurred last week. When it's time to go Kurt Busch ( Stewart-Haas Racing ) was penalized last week at Phoenix for beating the leader to the start/finish line at the start of the race, the first time this season the infraction had been called in the Sprint Cup Series. RELATED: Watch video of the incident The NASCAR Rule Book allows a driver other than the leader to cross the line first only during a restart, not the initial green-flag start of a race. Busch, who started the race alongside pole winner Jimmie Johnson , had to serve a pass-through penalty. Although he was able to remain on the lead lap, he fell from the front of the pack to 43rd. While able to rally to a seventh-place finish, Busch was one of four drivers eliminated from Chase contention at PIR. Brad Keselowski was penalized earlier this season at New Hampshire when he jumped a Lap 242 restart, beating the race leader (control car) out of the restart zone. Although he did not beat the leader, Greg Biffle , to the start/finish line, NASCAR officials judged that he accelerated through the defined restart zone ahead of Biffle. Earlier this year, NASCAR added a camera and additional official in the restart zone area to better police restarts. Three other drivers -- AJ Allmendinger , Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise -- have been penalized for passing on a start/restart. Drivers are not allowed to change lanes or pass other cars until ther have crossed the start/finish line. Homestead Test shortened NASCAR officials have announced that the Goodyear tire test, originally slated for Dec. 14-15 at Homestead-Miami Speedway , has been shortened to a single-day test on Dec. 14. Organizations scheduled to participate in the test are Stewart-Haas Racing (Chevrolet), Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet), Richard Petty Motorsports (Ford) and Furniture Row Racing (Toyota). It will be Furniture Row Racing 's first on-track outing under the Toyota banner. The No. 78 team, with driver Martin Truex, currently fields Chevrolet entries. Tuesday, Dec. 15 is a scheduled rain date in case of inclement weather.
Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett talk about the addition of Annett to the HScott Motorsports team.
Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon wreck with 3 laps to go in the DAYTONA 500.