All season long, Justin Allgaier has faced a run of bad luck with poor pit stops, engine failures and many other issues. However, it is all behind him as he is winning at the right time, sweeping the doubleheader at Richmond Raceway this weekend.
Brandon Jones started in the lead as he got past Tommy Joe Martins on the first lap while being closely followed by Chase Briscoe. Briscoe would take the lead about 15 laps in the race as Jones slowly started falling from the top, dropping to ninth place by lap 30. A few laps later, Noah Gragson battled his way past Briscoe for the lead.
Allgaier, surged his way through the field as he went from 14th to second place before the competition caution on lap 40. Allgaier continued his strong run as he passed Gragson on the restart to take the lead. Allgaier would attempt to hold off Gragson while Justin Haley and Ross Chastain were close behind, running third and fourth respectively. Allgaier would hold his position to win stage one, his 10th of the season — tying Austin Cindric for most stage wins in 2020.
Chastain had a strong restart to begin stage two, taking the lead over Allgaier. With 23 laps to go in stage two, Allgaier took the lead from Chastain after an intense battle. After Harrison Burton worked his way to third place, Colby Howard brought out the caution late in stage two. Burton and Chastain pitted while Allgaier stayed out.
On the restart, Chastain and Haley pushed through the pack, working their way to the lead. Chastain would hold off Haley to win stage two, his second of the year.
Chastain would hold his lead on the restart until Jeb Burton passed him for the lead three laps later. With 77 laps to go in the race, Allgaier passed Burton for the lead despite being on older tires. Briscoe continued to struggle as he fell to 19th with 27 laps left.
Six laps later, Brandon Brown contacted Riley Herbst, causing him to crash into the wall, which brought out the caution. Allgaier held off Burton on the restart to take the lead during the final stretch of the race. He held the lead and went to sweep the weekend doubleheader at Richmond, picking up his third race win of the season.
Burton finished second, Chastain and Burton finished third and fourth respectively. Gragson and Haley finished fifth and sixth.
Michael Annett finished seventh, his 16th top-10 finish of the season. Brandon Jones finished eighth and Kaz Grala finished ninth, his third top-10 finish in his four starts on the season.
Cindric, who earns 15 points as the regular season champion, rounds out the top 10.
Matt Mills finished 13th in both races, his best finish since his 10th place finish at Daytona night race last year.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the final race before the playoffs next Friday.
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