DOVER, Del. – After leading the most laps, a slow final pit stop kept Justin Allgaier from reclaiming the lead in the A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway.
“It’s frustrating in the fact that we had a good car and what could-a should-a with that last pit stop,” Allgaier reflected after the race. “I felt like Josh (Berry) did a great job all day, but at the end, I knew with the adjustment we made that we would be in good shape there.”
The tenth race on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule had only five cautions. That came to no surprise to Allgaier, but the cautions that did fall outside of the stage cautions were admittedly untimely for the No. 7 Chevrolet. Even though Allgaier wasn’t the one grabbing the checkered flag at the end of the race, he was one of four JR Motorsports teammates that finished in the top five, including Sam Mayer who had trouble twice in the race with a lost tire and a pit road penalty.
“I’m proud of our team, finishing 1-2-4-5, especially with the trouble that Sam had,” said Allgaier. “To drive back through the field twice like he did was pretty incredible. I wanted it so bad, but we’ve had so much bad luck here lately that it’s nice to get one with relatively no issues.”
One major anticipation coming into the Monster Mile weekend was the sponsorship by the popular racing podcast, Door Bumper Clear. Allgaier gave himself a “spot on” rating for his performance in the race.
“They’re going to give me a spot-on for the effort I put in today, spot-off for running second and not getting to Victory Lane,” Allgaier smiled with a chuckle. “Proud to have them on. I’ve been at JRM for a number of years now, so to watch Door Bumper Clear grow to what it has, it’s so awesome. And those guys put their heart and soul into the show, and it shows, and Casey (Boat) as well – I keep saying ‘those guys’, Casey is a big part as well. Proud to have them on the car.”
Allgaier is now tied in the Xfinity Series point standings for fifth with Brandon Jones, 110 points behind current leader AJ Allmendinger. The series competes next at Darlington Speedway on Saturday, May 7.