Justin Allgaier closes in on NASCAR Xfinity points lead with win at New Hampshire

  • Justin Allgaier, driving for JR Motorsports, pulled away in the closing laps to win Saturday afternoon’s crash-filled Crayon 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
  • It was the 19th victory of his Xfinity career, his third this year.
  • The 19 wins are good for 17th all-time in the Xfinity Series, one behind Greg Biffle.

    Justin Allgaier said after an early season Xfinity Series victory at Darlington (SC) Raceway that he always celebrates happily because he never knows if he will win again. Obviously, the man underestimates himself.

    Allgaier, driving for JR Motorsports, pulled away in the closing laps to win Saturday afternoon’s crash-filled Crayon 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was the 19th victory of his Xfinity career, his third this year – after Darlington and Nashville – and his first at Loudon. With the exception of runner-up Trevor Bayne’s Toyota, the top 10 spots were won by Chevrolets.

    The 19 wins are good for 17th all-time in the Xfinity Series, one behind Greg Biffle. Kyle Busch leads the category with 102.

    Justin Allgaier celebrates his third win of the NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

    Tim NwachukwuGetty Images

    Starting third on Saturday, Allgaier led three times for 47 of the 200 laps. He led 28 late laps, gave up the point for two, then led the final 19. His 47 laps ahead trailed only Ty Gibbs, who dominated leading 49 before having late-race problems that left him 23rd, four laps behind. Allgaier’s MOV on Bayne was almost four seconds.

    Behind Allgaier and Bayne came Landon Cassill and Noah Gragson (temporarily, at least), then Brandon Brown. The back 5 were Jeremy Clements, Sheldon Creed, Ty Dillon (he will leave Petty/GMS Motorsports after this year), recent Atlanta winner Austin Hill and Kyle Weatherman.

    But some post-race inspection issues resulted in the disqualification of two top-5 riders. The front of Gragson’s car was too low and the rear of Cassill’s car was too low, and they were dropped last and penultimate on the count. Mason Massey was moved from 11th to 10th and Bayley Currey was moved from 12th to 10th.

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    The DSQ (disqualification) comes days after Gragson was named as a possibility to replace Tyler Reddick in Richard Childress Racing’s #8 Chevy for the Cup Series. Reddick has already been featured as a third driver with Kurt Busch and Bubba Wallace at the Hamlin/Jordan 23XI Racing Team in 2024.

    Saturday’s 200-lap, 211-mile race was slowed by nine warnings for 56 laps and a red flag for more than seven minutes. A total of a dozen cars were involved in incidents, including those of Creed, Josh Berry, Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton, Riley Herbst, Anthony Alfredo, Brandon Jones, Ryan Sieg and highly touted rookie Julia Landauer, who s is overwritten twice.

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    Allgaier closed the gap to within 16 points of 22nd-placed AJ Allmendinger. Gibbs trails by 28 points, Berry by 87, Gragson by 99 (pending review), Hill by 133, Jones by 165, Sam Mayer by 190, Riley Herbst by 209 and Hemric by 237.

    Gibbs leads the Xfinity Series with four wins this season.

    The tour heads to Pocono Raceway next Saturday for a 225-mile race on the schedule that also includes a 150-mile race for the Camping World Truck Series.

    NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 28th Annual Crayon 200

    New Hampshire Motor Speedway

    Loudon, New Hampshire

    Results

    1. (3) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 200.

    2. (6) Trevor Bayne, Toyota, 200 years old.

    3. (19) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 200.

    4. (21) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 200.

    5. (18) Sheldon Creed#, Chevy, 200.

    6. (17) Ty Dillon(i), Chevy, 200.

    7. (15) Austin Hill#, Chevy, 200.

    8. (20) Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 200.

    9. (30) Mason Massey, Chevy, 200.

    10. (24) Bayley Currey, Chevy, 200.

    11. (31) David Starr, Ford, 200.

    12. (26) Joe Graf Jr., Ford, 200.

    13. (33) CJ McLaughlin, Ford, 200.

    14. (14) Brett Moffitt, Chevy, 200.

    15. (12) Sam Mayer, Chevy, 200.

    16. (28) Patrick Emerling, Toyota, 200.

    17. (34) Howie Disavino III, Chevy, 200.

    18. (22) Derek Griffith, Toyota, 198.

    19. (36) Ryan Vargas, Chevy, 198.

    20. (7) AJ Allmendinger, Chevy, 197.

    21. (4) Ty Gibbs, Toyota, 196.

    22. (35) Matt Mills(i), Chevy, 192.

    23. (38) JJ Yeley, Toyota, 190.

    24. (29) Josh Williams, Chevrolet, electric, 189.

    25. (37) Akinori Ogata(i), Toyota, Motor, 169.

    26. (10) William Byron(i), Chevrolet, electric, 163.

    27. (27) Alex Labbé, Chevrolet, Accident, 143.

    28. (8) Brandon Jones, Toyota, Crash, 142.

    29. (16) Anthony Alfredo, Chevrolet, Crash, 138.

    30. (13) Riley Herbst, Ford, Accident, 133.

    31. (1) Josh Berry, Chevrolet, Crash, 127.

    32. (11) Ryan Sieg, Ford, Crash, 124.

    33. (23) Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, Crash, 124.

    34. (25) Myatt Snider, Chevrolet, Accident, 124.

    35. (2) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, Accident, 105.

    36. (32) Julia Landauer, Chevrolet, Crash, 90.

    37. (5) Landon Cassill, Chevy, 200.

    38. (9) Noah Gragson, Chevy, 200.

    Average speed of the winner of the race: 86.24 mph.

    Race time: 2 hours, 27 minutes, 13 seconds. Margin of Victory: 3.869 seconds.

    Warning flags: 9 for 56 rounds.

    Lead Changes: 15 out of 10 pilots.

    Round leaders: D. Hemric 1-5;T. Bayne 6-22;T. Gibbs 23-37;R. Sieg 38-47;T. Gibbs 48-81;W. Byron(i) 82-103;L. Cassill 104-111;J. Bay 112-122;L. Cassill 123-127;B. Brown 128-139;S. Creed #140-149;L. Cassill 150-151;J. Allgaier 152-179;L. Cassill 180-181;J. Allgaier 182-200.

    Summary of the leaders (driver, lap times in the lead, laps in the lead): Ty Gibbs 2 times for 49 laps; Justin Allgaier 2 times for 47 laps; William Byron(i) 1 time for 22 rounds; Landon Cassill 4 times for 17 laps; Trevor Bayne 1 time for 17 laps; Brandon Brown 1 time for 12 rounds; Josh Berry 1 time for 11 rounds; Sheldon Creed #1 lap time for 10 laps; Ryan Sieg 1 time for 10 rounds; Daniel Hemric 1 time for 5 laps.

    Top 10 of stage #1: 39,54,16,88,68,18,23,11,7,98

    Top 10 of stage #2: 88,54,16,18,11,7,8,98,39.2

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