By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
The Lakes Region 200 was an eventful race for Justin Allgaier as he overcame several issues to finish inside the Top-10. The NASCAR Xfinity Series regular was involved in an accident, trouble with his gearing, and somehow came back to finish seventh.
On the final restart, Allgaier’s No. 7 Dove Men + Care Chevrolet Camaro SS was in the mad scramble for position. With some drivers on fresh tires, some on just two tires, and others on old tires, he had to weave his way through traffic. Allgaier battled Daniel Hemric, who was on old tires, as well as Brandon Jones, Cole Custer, and his JR Motorsports teammate Elliott Sadler. Ultimately, Allgaier was seventh when he took the checkered flag.
Allgaier first encountered trouble in Stage 2 of the race. Ryan Reed contacted Ryan Truex, turning him on the backstretch. Allgaier had nowhere to go, clipping the rear of Reed’s No. 16 Drive Down A1C / Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang. The damage was minor, but another issue soon arose for the Riverton, IL native. Allgaier was forced to run in third gear for a portion of the race as his car failed to shift from third to fourth exiting the corners.
The seventh-place finish is the 13thtop-10 finish of the season, and sixth-straight top-10, for Allgaier. He remains fifth in the Championship Points Standings, 48-points behind Points Leader Hemric.
Allgaier is locked into the Playoffs via his win at Iowa Speedway. However, he is now 10 Playoff Points behind race winner- Christopher Bell. Allgaier is one of only six full-time Xfinity Series regulars to score Playoff Points this season.
Now Allgaier will look to pull off the sweep as the NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Iowa Speedway on July 28 for the U.S. Cellular 250.