A brilliant summer stretch powered Justin Allgaier into firm control of the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular-season championship race. Once separated from the pack, the JR Motorsports pulled away to officially clinch the NASCAR Xfinity Series Regular Season Championship on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Allgaier stood fifth in the standings from a six-race stretch that started in early July and ended in mid-August, but winning three of the five races heading into Las Vegas vaulted him into the points lead. He jumped from fifth to second after finishing third at Bristol in August, then vaulted to the lead for good the next weekend following his win at Road America.
For winning the regular-season championship, Allgaier receives 15 playoff points added to his points total now that playoffs have begun and the points reset. He carries those 15 points over — plus the playoff points he receives from race wins and stage wins — throughout the playoffs, so long as he keeps advancing.
It presents a distinct advantage for the JR Motorsports driver, who entered Las Vegas with a series-high five wins.
Allgaier is one of 12 drivers in the playoff field. The Round of 12 begins next weekend at Richmond Raceway, with an elimination race at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 6. The Round of 8 concludes at ISM Raceway in Phoenix on Nov. 10, a race that will set the Championship 4 for the season finale at Miami on Nov. 17.