Justin Allgaier Wins Chicago Xfinity Race

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JOLIET, IL - RIS - Justin Allgaier won his second NASCAR Xfinity race of the seasonon Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Allgaier pulled away off the final restart. JR Motorsports had a banner day, with Allgaier's win and the official coronation of Elliott Sadler's regular-season championship. It was a homecoming or sorts for the driver of the No.7 Camaro.  He hails from a nearby town and his sponsor is based in the area, too.

"This is a race track I've loved dearly for a number of years," Allgaier said. "The whole connection of being from Illinois and getting to go to victory lane was incredible."

William Byron and Michael Annett give JR Motorsports four drivers in the Xfinity Series playoffs. Byron, who will replace Kasey Kahne in the No. 5 car next year at Hendrick Motorsports, enters the postseason as the points leader.

"If we have the opportunity to compete against each other at Homestead, once the green flag drops, it's every man for himself,"  car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said. 

Xfinity opens its postseason next week at Kentucky Speedway.

The rest of the playoff standings look like this: Allgaier, Sadler, Daniel Hemric, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed, Jeremy Clements, Cole Custer, Blake Koch, Matt Tifft, Brendan Gaughan and Michael Annett.

Byron has three wins this season and should be the driver to beat in the seven-race postseason. But his No. 9 Chevrolet battled transmission issues, and he finished 33rd. Earnhardt said he wasn't picking a favorite among his championship drivers.

"These guys work really well together," Earnhardt said. "The crew chiefs all have a close relationship that goes beyond JR Motorsports. I think that's why we're so successful because of the way they work together."

Cup regular Kyle Larson was second at Chicagoland.

"I was too loose to keep pace," Larson said.

The 42-year-old Sadler has finished second in the final standings three times over an Xfinity career that dates to 1995. He thought he had the car to beat headed into last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway -- until his crew chief was suspended for the race. Daniel Suarez then became NASCAR's first Mexican champion.

"I felt like last year, my team was primed and ready to go," Sadler said. "Then we lost our crew chief for Homestead, and that made it a lot harder to try and be as competitive. I think the difference is to make sure we get through the playoff with no mistakes, no issues."

Erik Jones started from the pole, led 94 laps and was in position to win the race until he was penalized for changing lanes before he reached the start-finish line with seven laps left in the race. Jones finished 18th. Jones was guilty of a controversial move that sent Ryan blaney, driving the Team Penske Mustang, to an early exit when he collided with the No. 22 on the track.  That incident also involved Custer, who had run in the top four all day. Blaney finished 26th on the afternoon

Unofficial Race Results for the 17Th Annual Thehouse.Com 300 - September 16, 2017

Fin, Str, Driver, Car, Laps, Stage 1 Pos, Stage 2 Pos, Pts, Status, Tms, Laps, Playoff Pts
1) 14, Justin Allgaier, No. 7 BRANDT/Celebrating the Future of AG Chevrolet, 200, 7, 8, 47, Running, 1, 15, 5
2) 3, Kyle Larson(i), No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet, 200, 2, 4, 0, Running, 3, 22, 
3) 6, Elliott Sadler, No. 1 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, 200, 6, 5, 45, Running, , , 
4) 9, Daniel Hemric #, No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet, 200, 10, , 34, Running, , , 
5) 13, Austin Dillon(i), No. 2 Rheem/Smurfit Kappa Chevrolet, 200, 9, 7, 0, Running, , , 
6) 7, Matt Tifft #, No. 19 TMNT Lone Rat & Cub/ABTA Toyota, 200, 8, 10, 35, Running, , , 
7) 5, Cole Custer #, No. 00 Haas Automation Ford, 200, 3, 2, 47, Running, 4, 41, 
8) 17, Ty Dillon(i), No. 3 Bulwark/Quanta Services Chevrolet, 200, , 9, 0, Running, , , 
9) 11, Blake Koch, No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, 200, , , 28, Running, , , 
10) 16, Darrell Wallace Jr., No. 98 Nickelodeon Green Slime Ford, 200, , , 27, Running, , , 
11) 12, Brennan Poole, No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet, 200, , , 26, Running, , , 
12) 15, Brandon Jones, No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet, 200, , , 25, Running, , , 
13) 19, Brendan Gaughan, No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet, 200, , , 24, Running, , , 
14) 24, Spencer Gallagher #, No. 23 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet, 200, , , 23, Running, , , 
15) 18, Michael Annett, No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet, 200, , , 22, Running, , , 
16) 20, Dakoda Armstrong, No. 28 WinField United Toyota, 200, , , 21, Running, , , 
17) 10, Ryan Reed, No. 16 Lilly Diabetes Ford, 200, , , 20, Running, , , 
18) 1, Erik Jones(i), No. 20 NBA 2K18/GameStop Toyota, 200, 1, 1, 0, Running, 3, 94, 
19) 2, Daniel Suarez(i), No. 18 Comcast Business/Juniper Toyota, 199, 5, 6, 0, Running, , , 
20) 23, Jeremy Clements, No. 51 RepairableVehicles.com Chevrolet, 199, , , 17, Running, , , 
21) 25, JJ Yeley, No. 14 Superior Essex Toyota, 198, , , 16, Running, , , 
22) 34, David Starr, No. 99 Chevrolet, 197, , , 15, Running, , , 
23) 21, Ross Chastain, No. 4 Gerber Collision & Glass Chevrolet, 196, , , 14, Running, , , 
24) 22, Ryan Sieg, No. 39 PYT Sports Chevrolet, 196, , , 13, Running, , , 
25) 27, Harrison Rhodes, No. 01 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 196, , , 12, Running, , , 
26) 4, Ryan Blaney(i), No. 22 Discount Tire Ford, 196, 4, 3, 0, Running, 1, 28, 
27) 29, Joey Gase, No. 52 Eternal Fan/Pro Master/Franklin Signs Chevrolet, 196, , , 10, Running, , , 
28) 37, Spencer Boyd, No. 07 Grunt Style Chevrolet, 194, , , 9, Running, , , 
29) 31, Vinnie Miller, No. 0 Master Mfg. Inc. Chevrolet, 193, , , 8, Running, , , 
30) 35, Chris Cockrum, No. 25 Advanced Communications Group Chevrolet, 193, , , 7, Running, , , 
31) 32, Mario Gosselin, No. 90 CrashClaimsR.Us/BuckedUp Apparel Chevrolet, 184, , , 6, Running, , , 
32) 39, Mike Harmon, No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing Dodge, 184, , , 5, Running, , , 
33) 8, William Byron #, No. 9 AXALTA/JamesHardie Chevrolet, 166, , , 4, Transmission, , , 
34) 30, Josh Bilicki, No. 78 Prevagen Chevrolet, 152, , , 3, Electrical, , , 
35) 26, BJ McLeod, No. 8 KeenParts.com/CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet, 86, , , 2, Engine, , , 
36) 28, Timmy Hill, No. 13 OCR Gaz Bar Dodge, 33, , , 1, Vibration, , , 
37) 33, Garrett Smithley, No. 40 OCR Gaz Bar Toyota, 24, , , 1, Engine, , , 
38) 38, Morgan Shepherd, No. 89 Visone RV Chevrolet, 23, , , 1, Handling, , , 
39) 36, Jeff Green, No. 93 RSS Racing Chevrolet, 8, , , 1, Brakes, , , 
40) 40, Matt Mills(i), No. 15 teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet, 3, , , 0, Vibration, , , 
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series, (#) Rookie

Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 15 Mins, 07 Secs.
Average Speed: 133.218 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.772 Seconds
Race Comments: Justin Allgaier won the 17th Annual TheHouse.com 300, his fifth victory in 233 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.Prior to the start of the race, the following car dropped to the rear of the field for the reason indicated: No. 23 (unapproved adjustments).
Caution Flags: 5 for 24 laps: Laps: 47-52 (Stage 1 conclusion [62]); 92-96 (Stage 2 conclusion [23]); 151-154 (No. 33 Spin Turn 4 [98]); 181-185 (No. 18 Spin Turn 4 [33]); 190-193 (No. 16 Incident Turn 2 [62]).
Lead Changes: 11 among 5 drivers: E. Jones(i) 1-47; C. Custer No.  48; E. Jones(i) 49-92; C. Custer # 93-130; K. Larson(i) 131-145; C. Custer # 146; K. Larson(i) 147-151; C. Custer # 152; K. Larson(i) 153-154; R. Blaney(i) 155-182; E. Jones(i) 183-185; J. Allgaier 186-200.
Coors Light Pole Award: Erik Jones, No. 20 177.229 mph
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, No. 7
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Matt Tifft, No. 19 
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Daniel Hemric, No. 21

   

Ron Fleshman with John Davison

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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