Justin Allgaier is picking up momentum at the right time as he scored his second victory of 2020 at Richmond Friday evening.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series held their first of two races this weekend at Richmond Raceway Friday night.
Pole sitter Ross Chastain held serve in the opening laps of the race until a caution would come out as Colby Howard stalled coming off of turn four.
Chastain would grab control of the lead on the restart, but his Kaulig Racing teammate in Justin Haley would pass him just before the competition caution on lap 40.
The two teammates would come down pit road for fresh tires while the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas of Harrison Burton, Brandon Jones and Kyle Busch stayed out.
On the ensuing restart, Chastain would take his new tires to the outside lane and make it four wide. However, he would get squeezed into the wall, which caused a chain reaction and Myatt Snider would wreck down the backstretch. Snider came into Friday 51 points below the playoff cutline.
The final restart of the stage would see the two Fords in the field of Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe share the lead. Cindric would take the stage win from Briscoe for his 10th stage victory of 2020. Jeremy Clements, who was 45 points below the cutline coming into Friday night, picked up a vital point.
Cindric would lead for a majority of stage two but on lap 125, Justin Allgaier would storm by the Team Penske Ford to take the lead and win stage two. It was Allgaier’s ninth stage win of 2020.
Haley would retake the lead on lap 174 from Allgaier and would pull away from the field. Meanwhile, Brett Moffitt, running for Our Motorsports, ran inside the top five for a majority of the final stage.
With 26 laps to go, Allgaier would slowly reel in Haley, reclaim the lead for a second time on the night, and cruise to a Friday night victory.
Haley finished second. Busch finished third. Cindric and Chastain would round out the top five.
Moffitt finished sixth, which is best finish since scoring a top-five at Talladega back in June. JR Motorsports teammates Michael Annett and Noah Gragson finished seventh and eighth. Kaz Grala finished ninth, which is his second top-10 finish in just three starts this season. Riley Herbst would round out the top 10.
The Xfinity Series will return to Richmond on Saturday afternoon.