Justin Allgaier Advances to the Next Round of the Xfinity Series Chase
Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Professional Agriculture team rallied to their fifth consecutive top-10 finish and 24th of the season, placing sixth in Sunday’s Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Allgaier’s finish was good enough for him to advance to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Chase. He’ll head to Kansas Speedway seeded third in the standings.
Starting the 200-lap race in seventh, Allgaier advanced to sixth by lap 3, but returned to seventh on lap 14. Shortly after, he radioed that the BRANDT Chevy was losing rear stability and was tight at both ends of the track. When a caution came out on lap 26, the team opted to pit for four tires and fuel. Restarting in fifth on lap 31, he held on to the position until the No. 22 of Brad Keselowski made a pass on lap 38, sending Allgaier back to sixth.
Just past lap 50, the 30-year-old driver reported that the BRANDT Chevy was better than the previous run, but was still tight and lacking rear grip. When the second caution of the race came out on lap 66, Allgaier was running in seventh. The team made a pit stop for four tires, fuel, and a wedge adjustment to help with the handling. Restarting in seventh on lap 70, he moved up to sixth before the first green-flag lap was complete and remained there until the No. 48 of Brennan Poole and No. 88 of Kevin Harvick both got by on lap 86, moving him back to eighth.
Allgaier was running in ninth when scheduled green-flag pit stops started on lap 115 for the field. Crew chief Jason Burdett called Allgaier in with 80 laps remaining for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. Once the stops cycled through, the Illinois native was scored in eighth position, one lap down. Another long green-flag run ensued and Allgaier was running in 10th when then next round of scheduled pit stops began. Burdett had Allgaier stay out on the track as long as he could and team ended up catching a break when a caution came out for debris on lap 177. When the yellow was shown, the BRANDT Chevy was scored in third and on the lead lap.
Once pit road opened, Allgaier made a pit stop for four tires and fuel and restarted in second with 18 laps to go. He was still running in the runner-up spot when the final caution came out on lap 185. With 11 laps to go, the field took the final restart. Allgaier restarted in second and battled hard in the closing laps, ultimately taking the checkered flag in the sixth position.
Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture team
“We are moving on and that’s the most important part of today. We knew we had a good points gap, but Jason Burdett and the guys did a great job all weekend long with our BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy. We made a great pit call there at the end and stayed out and it worked out perfectly for us. Unfortunately we just didn’t have the speed there at the end and couldn’t hold them off. Ultimately though we made it to the next round (of the Chase) and that was the main goal.”
A leading agricultural company, BRANDT serves growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply.