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Justin Allgaier heads into the XFINITY Series Playoffs on a high note as he outduels teammate Elliott Sadler for the win at Chicago.
Justin Allgaier from Riverton, Illinois, is super excited after two strong restarts lead to a victory at Chicagoland Speedway.
RELATED: Dash 4 Cash 101 RELATED: Results RICHMOND, Va. -- Being handed an oversized check that ticks the six-figure mark stands as a heck of a consolation prize, but there was still a bittersweet feeling Saturday afternoon for Justin Allgaier , who stood oh-so-close to Victory Lane. Allgaier finished second in Saturday's ToyotaCare 250 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Richmond International Raceway, snagging the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus offered by the series sponsor. His finish was tops among the three other eligible drivers -- pole-starter Daniel Hemric (third place), points leader Elliott Sadler (seventh) and rookie Kyle Benjamin (32nd in his series debut). But it was Allgaier who seemed to absorb the most disappointment, leading three times for 157 of the 254 laps but coming up just shy of his second victory of the season behind eventual winner Kyle Larson. MORE: 2017 NXS winners Allgaier led with Sadler closing in second for a lengthy green-flag run in the final stage, but when BJ McLeod's engine expired to unfurl the caution flag with 10 laps before the scheduled end, strategies and the running order were thrown into disarray. Allgaier's JR Motorsports No. 7 Chevrolet restarted second, but a pair of chaotic restarts that included leader Ty Dillon's jump (later penalized) shuffled both him and Sadler back behind Larson. "For what these guys did to bring a great race car, I mean we had a lights-out race car today," said Allgaier , who won the Dash 4 Cash prize for the second time this season. He also moved up one position to second place in the XFINITY standings. "In hindsight, maybe we would've been better off if it would've gone green to the end, but at the end of the day, this happens. We're dejected, but I can promise you that next week, we'll be ready to go -- fire in our bellies and ready to go win one that we should've gotten this weekend." Sadler held on for his seventh top-10 finish in eight races, leaving Richmond with a sizable 41-point edge in the standings. Hemric led the opening 26 laps after posting the first Coors Light Pole Award of his XFINITY career. Benjamin didn't get the result he aimed for in his series debut, but made a strong showing before a crucial miscue during the final round of pit stops. Benjamin, a 19-year-old product of the NASCAR Next youth initiative, started an impressive second, then logged stage finishes of fifth and sixth -- the last of which clinched his spot in the Dash 4 Cash field. But during the final pit-stop exchange, his Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota rolled off the jack -- the result of what he said was a clutch not fully engaged -- and Benjamin exited his pit stall with loose lugs. The extra pit stop to remedy the issue mired him back in the pack, and he was sidelined by a six-car stack-up on the traffic-packed restart that forced the final caution period. Still, Benjamin said his first start in the series was productive, leaving him eager for his next XFINITY appearance, scheduled for June 10 at Pocono Raceway. "It was definitely educational," said Benjamin, the 2016 runner-up in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. "I learned a lot today. Just wish I hadn't made that mistake there at the end, but other than that, we had a really consistent day. A lot of positive things happened. Got to race around some really good guys and learned from them." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol RELATED: More on the Dash 4 Cash program Justin Allgaier took home a $100,000 bonus by winning the first NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash race at Phoenix Raceway last month. He'll try to earn another $100,000 when the Dash 4 Cash competition returns in Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway (1 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). To take home the bonus, Allgaier doesn't even need to win the race. He simply needs to beat the four Dash 4 Cash-eligible drivers to the finish line at the end of the race. The two top-finishing NASCAR XFINITY Series points earning drivers in each of the first two stages make up the four-driver Dash 4 Cash field for the final stage. Allgaier has run well at Bristol throughout his career. In 12 starts at the Tennessee short track, he boasts one win (2010), five top fives and seven top 10s. He has finished in the top five in his last three Bristol races. RELATED: Allgaier's Bristol history "Bristol has just been one of those places where the very first time I turned laps around the race track I felt comfortable," Allgaier said. "Last year we he had great finishes, so I'm ready to head back there and hopefully pick back up where we left off with our Cheney Brothers Chevrolet. Plus it's a Dash 4 Cash race. How great would it be to get another $100,000 for JR Motorsports? We've won one already this year, so I'd like nothing more than to go out there and grab another one for this team." The remaining Dash 4 Cash races are at Richmond International Raceway on April 29 and Dover International Speedway on June 3.
RELATED: Full race results " Standings " Chase Grid SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- Justin Allgaier won the season's fourth and final Dash 4 Cash paycheck Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Allgaier finished fifth in the XFINTY Series' Lilly Diabetes 250, which was won by Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Busch. But the effort was one position ahead of Allgaier's JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler , and that was enough to earn the special $100,000 incentive. The race for the bonus money got intense in the final laps with Allgaier passing Elliott in Turn 4 on the last restart with two laps remaining to take the position and take the incentive money. "Under that last caution, I was thinking, 'Hey I'm racing a teammate' and that changes the game," Allgaier said. "Just knowing he was a teammate and had the same stuff I did, how do you force the pass? I was fortunate. We got behind him coming off Turn 4. ... It was the only time today I went through Turn 4 perfectly and was able to get next to him and then pass him. "Everything had to come down to that perfect moment. Just very fortunate to get up here with this check." Only full-time XFINITY Series championship competitors are eligible to collect in the four-race Dash 4 Cash incentive. Four drivers are set through two 20-lap heat races before a 60-lap main event. Allgaier , Elliott, Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones qualified to be participants at Indy. Series rookie Jones won the Dash 4 Cash money twice (at Bristol and Dover) this season while Ty Dillon (Richmond) won once. Jones' two victories would have been enough to put him in the XFINITY Series' inaugural Chase for the championship this year, but he earned a position anyway as the race winner in the Bristol race. Allgaier , who drives the No. 7 BRANDT Chevrolet, joked after the race that he absolutely planned to keep the oversized check recognizing the Dash winner. It was the first time he'd won the award. "Been trying to get up here and hold one of these checks up here and finally got to today," Allgaier said. "This one goes home with me and will go on the wall for sure. Really proud to be able to hold one of these checks up." The race result for Allgaier was also significant in the big picture, moving him up two positions in the XFINITY Series standings to fourth place, only 16 points behind third place Ty Dillon . Suarez still leads the championship by 14 points over Sadler entering the next race -- an XFINITY stand-alone event next Saturday at Iowa Speedway.
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: Results " Standings " Detailed breakdown " SHOP: Winner gear RICHMOND, Va. – Justin Allgaier had the best car in Saturday's ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Richmond International Raceway. Kyle Larson isn't very good at Richmond—and isn't bashful about saying so. Nevertheless, when two late restarts played out at the .75-mile short track, Larson was the race winner in overtime, and Allgaier was a disappointed second, consoled only by the $100,000 check he collected as the winner of the XFINITY Dash 4 Cash bonus as the highest finishing series regular. "It's a bittersweet day, I'll be honest with you," said Allgaier , who finished second to Larson despite leading a race-high 157 of the 254 laps. "I'm really dejected—I won't lie to you. That's going to hurt for a long time." What stung so badly for the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet occurred in the final 15 laps of the race. Allgaier was leading, and teammate Elliott Sadler was closing fast on fresher tires, thanks to an aggressive pit call under caution on Lap 184. But NASCAR had to call a caution on Lap 239 of a scheduled 250 when the engine expired in BJ McLeod's Chevrolet. Allgaier hit pit road along with the other lead-lap cars, including Sadler, whose only option was a set of 17-lap scuffed tires. Ty Dillon took the lead out of the pits on a two-tire call, but Dillon jumped the restart on Lap 246, mashing the gas before he reached the restart zone. After a five-car wreck involving William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Brennan Poole, Harrison Rhodes and Kyle Benjamin slowed the field on the restart lap, and Dillon was sent to the rear of the field because of the restart infraction, Larson had the lead at Allgaier's expense and controlled the overtime restart on Lap 253. Restarting in the inside lane, Larson cleared Allgaier off Turn 2 and crossed the overtime line before a wreck on the backstretch caused the seventh and final caution and froze the field with Larson in the lead. "I'm not good at this place, so a win is pretty neat," said Larson, who will start 18th as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400 (on FOX at 2 p.m. ET) at Richmond International Raceway. "I still have to work on myself for long runs. I'm terrible on long runs. "I was OK today, but (on Sunday) the competition is a lot harder. The drivers are better. Just have to be patient. Struggled in Happy Hour (final practice), so we’ll see how we are (on Sunday)." Polesitter Daniel Hemric ran third, followed by Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney. Sadler retained the series lead by 41 points over Allgaier , but the driver of the No. 1 Chevy was frustrated, too. Sadler had race leader Allgaier in his sights, having closed the gap from 3.5 seconds to a couple of car-lengths before McLeod’s engine blew. "I'm proud of the guys for taking the chance we did, and we definitely had the race won," said the Virginia native, who finished seventh on the set of scuffed tires. "It's heartbreaking. We really wanted to win here at our home track, in front of our home fans." Notes: Larson led 10 laps--the final 10... Allgaier won the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus for the second time this season, having also taken the prize at Phoenix, where he also won the race… In his XFINITY debut, Kyle Benjamin ran consistently in the top 10 until he had to return to pit road to tighten lug nuts after what should have been his final stop. Mired in traffic, he was a victim of the Lap 246 incident and retired from the race in 32nd-place, seven laps down… Astute pit strategy helped Dylan Lupton to a 12th-place, lead-lap finish in his first XFINITY start of the season… Darrell Wallace Jr. finished sixth for the sixth time in eight races this season. His other two finishes are a pair of 33rds. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Justin Allgaier takes the lead from Ryan Preece near the start of Stage 2 and holds off the Joe Gibbs Racing driver for the stage victory in Saturday's U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway.
Justin Allgaier goes over his pit box line and then damages a tire, adding to his bad luck today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway