Race Report: Darlington

JR Motorsports Race Report

August 31st, 2019
Race 24 of 33: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 at Darlington Raceway
Track Specs: 1.366-mile oval / 147 laps
Weather: Partly cloudy; 89 degrees
Race Winner: Cole Custer
Allgaier's Finish: 9th

Justin Allgaier drove the Armour Vienna Sausage Camaro to his 16th top-10 finish of the season on Saturday, finishing ninth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway. The 33-year-old driver remains fourth in the NXS point standings with two races remaining until the start of the playoffs.

Rolling off the grid fourth for the 147-lap race, Allgaier relayed to his team early in Stage One that the Armour Vienna Sausage Chevy was free on corner exit. Fighting through the handling condition, he continued to race inside the top five for much of Stage One, taking the green-and-white checkered flag in fifth. Under the stage-ending caution, the team made a stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments to help tighten up the No. 7 Camaro.

Taking the green for Stage Two in sixth on lap 52, the JR Motorsports driver steadily started working his way closer to the front. He was up to third by lap 74 and started to gain on the second position in the final laps of Stage Two. On the final lap, Allgaier made the pass and ended up getting into the wall, but held on to finish the stage in second. During the caution to end Stage Two, Allgaier brought the No. 7 Chevy to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.

The Illinois native was in fourth when the green flag dropped for the final stage. Brushing the wall while battling for position, it didn’t take him long to report that the No. 7 Camaro was free. He continued to race in the top five until he reported that he had a tire going down. Just as he was about to come to pit road, the caution came out for an incident in Turn 4 on lap 133, giving the team the opportune chance to pit with the rest of the field.

Coming in for fuel and fresh tires, Allgaier restarted in 12th with 10 laps to go and made his way back inside the top 10, taking home a ninth-place finish.

Cole Custer won the race and was followed by Tyler Reddick, with Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell and JRM team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounding out the top five.

Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Armour Vienna Sausage team

“I think I was in the wall more than I ran laps today, unfortunately. I’m just bummed for everybody at JR Motorsports, especially this Armour Vienna Sausage team. To be battling at the front, I thought I had a good shot at it, unfortunately I got the fence a couple of times. Was really, really free. Once we got the damage it just got looser and looser. Hats off to everybody back at the shop. We’ll go to Indy next week and get back after it.”

No. 7 Armour Vienna Sausage Camaro SS

Start 4th
Finish 9th
Laps Completed (Led) 147 of 147
Points (Bonus) 43
Point Standings (from leader) 4th (-172)
Status Running

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