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NASCAR Xfinity: Justin Allgaier wins in home state

Justin Allgaier celebrates in victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway after winning 300 on Sept. 16, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Justin Allgaier celebrates in victory lane at Chicagoland Speedway after winning 300 on Sept. 16, 2017 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).


Justin Allgaier ended the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular season in victory lane Saturday after 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. It was the Illinois native’s second win of the season and the second of his career at his home track.

Allgaier took the lead from Erik Jones on a restart with just under 20 laps remaining and held off JR Motorsports teammate and regular-season champion Elliott Sadler on the final restart with just under 10 laps remaining to get to the checkered flag and his latest win.

“Coming down to the end, I didn’t think we had a shot,” Allgaier said. “I thought we were going to be top-five maybe.”

Jones, meanwhile, was penalized for an illegal restart on the final restart of the race.

Kyle Larson finished second, Sadler fell back to third by the checkered flag, Daniel Hemric was fourth and Austin Dillon rounded out the top-five.

“We’ve been very consistent the last two months on ovals and very happy with our program,” Sadler said. “It showed today with Justin and I running in the top five, six, the whole day long, showing the speed in our cars. Hopefully, we’ll be there when the time comes.”

With a repeat winner in victory lane, the drivers provisionally in the playoffs heading into the race officially made the playoffs at race’s end. Three of the 12 playoff positions were still in play heading into the race, and those positions went to Blake Koch, Michael Annett and Brendan Gaughan.

Jones dominated the first half of the 200-lap race, starting on the pole and winning the two 45-lap stages that made up the first 90 laps of the race. In those 90 laps, Jones was credited with leading all but one lap during the caution between the two stages. Cole Custer was credited with leading that lap as a result of the location of his pit box in relation to Jones’

Jones, though, began the third and final 110 lap stage of the race with a pit-road speeding penalty. Ryan Blaney also, simultaneously, received a speeding penalty.

Custer inherited the lead, but just past lap 130, Larson took over up front. By that point, Larson had already overcome a slow pit stop during the lap-45 caution after the first stage. After spending an extended amount of time on pit road for repairs to damage sustained in early-race contact, Larson restarted the race near the back of the top-20.

Larson, like Jones and Blaney before him, was assessed a pit-road speeding penalty during the caution just before Allgaier took the lead. By that time, Blaney and Jones had worked their ways up through the field to get back to the front. Jones got off pit road first to lead a few more laps under the caution, bringing his total laps-led tally to a race-leading 94 laps before losing the lead to Allgaier on the restart.

And like Jones and Blaney, Larson got back to the front by the checkered flag. Blaney, though, fell back late after getting into the wall while battling for position on a late-race restart.

Finishing the race sixth through 10th were Tifft, Custer, Ty Dillon, Blake Koch and Darrell Wallace Jr.

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