Allgaier Brings Home Second Win of 2017

Justin Allgaier

'It’s so cool to win in my home state." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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JOLIET, Ill. - Justin Allgaier brought the NASCAR XFINITY Series regular season to a close in a big way by picking up his second win of the season at his home track, Chicagoland Speedway, in Saturday's TheHouse.com 300.

Allgaier took the lead on a restart with 15 laps to go and was able to outrun Kyle Larson and JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler to the checkered flag.

It was Allgaier’s fifth career win.

“It’s so cool to win in my home state,” said Allgaier, the Riverton, Illinois native. “Just so proud of this team and everyone at JR Motorsports for this effort this season. We are ready to run for a championship next week.”

Larson charged by Sadler in the closing laps and wound up with the second-place finish.

“I had a shot there at the end,” Larson said. “Just didn’t have quite enough but that was still fun and hopefully we’ll get one more position tomorrow here in the Cup race.

“I had a shot to win it, sped on pit road and had to restart at the back. I definitely didn’t anticipate coming back and finishing second.”

Sadler won the regular season championship and enters the start of next week’s XFINITY Series playoffs as the number three seed.

“It’s an honor and humbling to become the first regular season champion,” Sadler said.

Daniel Hemric and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five.

Matt Tifft, Cole Custer, Ty Dillon, Blake Koch and Bubba Wallace completed the first 10 finishers.

“I was happy with that today,” Custer said. “That is the best speed we have had all year in the Haas Automation Mustang. It was really good. The four of us up front kind of gave it to the 7 car but that is how it is sometimes. I was happy with our run. I think we showed a lot of speed today.”

Erik Jones was challenging for the lead late but he was penalized for jumping the final restart. The drive through penalty took him from contention despite leading 94 laps from the pole.

William Byron, Allgaier, Sadler, Hemric, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed, Jeremy Clements, Cole Custer, Blake Koch, Matt Tifft, Brendan Gaughan and Michael Annett are the 12 drivers that will run for the championship beginning next Saturday night when the playoffs begin at Kentucky Speedway.

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