Momentum is on Justin Allgaier’s side and it comes at a great time on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule.
Allgaier is coming off a sweep of the two races at Richmond Raceway and he now heads to one of his favorite tracks, Bristol Motor Speedway for Friday night’s regular-season ending Food City 300.
"If you could circle a racetrack on the schedule every year that I like, I would say Bristol and Phoenix are the two that I would go back and forth between on definitely being my favorites," Allgaier said.
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While Allgaier is disappointed Bristol is not in playoffs, he does see it as a chance to gather more playoff points on Austin Cindric and Chase Brisoce, who lead the series in that category with 35 each.
"This weekend is obviously a little bit different," Allgaier said. "I was expecting Bristol to be in the playoffs. With the way that the schedule has changed for it to be out has been difficult, but you know that’s still an opportunity to go get at least five more, hopefully seven more bonus points."
Allgaier currently has a total of 25 playoff points with 18 of them coming in the last six races.
"Obviously we’ve had a stretch of races here that have fit our program really well, especially my driving style really well," Allgaier said. "We’ve got to carry that momentum into the playoffs. We’re hot right now, but we can’t let that get to us and, you know, get our heads too big because we got to go into these playoffs and we’re gonna have to produce no matter what we do."
Although Allgaier only has one win at Bristol, the half-mile track has been one of his best. His eight top 10s rank second among all tracks and his 638 laps led are the most at any track. He’s combined to lead 425 laps in the last three races there, but crashes have taken him out of two of them. In June, Allgaier wound up finishing 18th after his teammate Noah Gragson made contact with him while battling for the lead with five laps to go.
"We had a teammate win there in the spring and and felt like we had a really fast car ourselves," Allgaier said. "We led a lot of laps (156) and was in position at the end where we needed to be. I think as an organization we have to go there and play to our strengths. We have to really understand what we can do well and how to do that well and go there and try to make the most of it."