JR Motorsports Race Report
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Race 30 of 33: Alsco Uniforms 302 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Track Specs: 1.5-mile tri-oval / 201 laps
Race Winner: Josh Berry
Allgaier’s Finish: 3rd
Point’s position: 3rd (-29)
Justin Allgaier, driver of the No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, scored a hard-fought third-place finish on Saturday afternoon in the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Allgaier, who earned valuable points at the end of both Stage One and Two, now sits 15 points above the playoff cutline with two races remaining in the Round of 8 by virtue of today’s top-three result. Following the NXS event at Martinsville Speedway, the playoff field will be cut to just four to battle for the championship in the season finale at Phoenix Raceway.
- Allgaier lined up for the 201-lap event from the 10th position following qualifying on Friday evening.
- Once underway, the driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet wasted little time charging to the front, as Allgaier needed just eight laps to move into the sixth position before cracking the top five for the first time on lap 18.
- Now inside the top five, Allgaier continued his climb forward, taking advantage of the caution-free opening stage to take the green-and-white checkered on lap 45 in the fourth position and earn an extremely valuable seven stage points to begin the day.
- Following the strong conclusion to Stage One, crew chief Jason Burdett made the call to bring Allgaier to pit road for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment after the JR Motorsports driver reported he was battling a tight-handling condition through the center of the corner.
- Returning to the track in sixth for the lap-51 restart, Allgaier quickly marched forward, taking third on lap 52 before ultimately settling into the fifth position as the tight-handling condition returned. Although not handling to his liking, Allgaier maintained his top-five track position to end the caution-free second stage in the fifth position on lap 90 and earn an additional six stage points on the afternoon.
- Prior to the start of the third and final stage, Burdett called the driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet back to pit road for four tires and another round of adjustments. Taking the lap-96 restart in sixth following the stop, the Illinois native quickly raced back into the top five and remained there until the lone round of green flag pit stops got underway at lap 140.
- With the pit window now open, Burdett called Allgaier to pit road under green on lap 145 for four tires and fuel. The JRM driver cycled back out in the third position following the stop, but a caution just 15 laps later on lap 160 bunched the field back together and gave Burdett one last opportunity to work on the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet.
- Following a four-tire stop during the caution period, Allgaier lined up for the lap-166 restart as the fourth car on the outside lane. Using the outside line to his advantage, Allgaier vaulted up the leaderboard, as the veteran driver powered back into the top five and to the third position on lap 167.
- The driver of the BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet held steady inside the top three through the remaining 34 laps that followed, battling with teammate Noah Gragson for second before taking the checkered flag in third as part of a JRM 1-2-3 finish.
- With the third-place result, Allgaier now sits 15 points above the NXS Playoff cutline with just two races remaining in the Round of 8.
Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet team
“We accomplished what we needed to do today with our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet. Jason (Burdett, crew chief) and everyone on this No. 7 team worked hard all weekend long and to come away gaining points on the cutline is great. We just need to execute this same way the next two weeks to get ourselves in a position to advance into the final round. Congrats to Josh on getting the win and everyone back at the shop. It’s great to see JRM come home with a 1-2-3 finish.”