Allgaier Sweeps Xfinity Weekend; Cindric Clinches Regular-Season Title

Allgaier sweeps Xfinity weekend in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 12: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, celebrates inn Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond Raceway on September 12, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Allgaier sweeps Xfinity weekend in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.

The difference in his race was like night and day, but Justin Allgaier proved himself tops again – winning Saturday afternoon’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway answering a hard-fought victory Friday night and sweeping the Xfinity Series weekend doubleheader.

Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet essentially dominated the afternoon leading a race-best 135 of the 250 laps and holding off his teammate Jeb Burton by a healthy 2.185-seconds for his third win of the season. It is the 14th victory of the 34-year old Illinois native’s career, and Allgaier’s 770 total laps led in 2020 are most of any driver this season.

“I knew how good our car was all day,” Allgaier said. “I knew at the end there, I knew we had speed, I knew when we needed to go we could, I just didn’t know how fast. My teammate Jeb Burton did a fantastic job on that last restart, just so proud of these guys.”

The Best of the Rest

The runner-up showing for Burton is a career-best effort in the series. Ross Chastain finished third, followed by Burton’s 19-year old cousin Harrison Burton in fourth, and Chastain’s Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley in fifth.

Allgaier’s JR Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Michael Annett were sixth and seventh, followed by Brandon Jones, Kaz Grala, and Austin Cindric, who clinched the Xfinity Series regular-season championship with his effort. He receives a 15-point bonus for his season-long work when the series Playoffs begin, Sept. 26 in Las Vegas.

“Wish we would have been able to do more with the Penske PPG Ford Mustang today,” said Cindric, whose five race wins in 2020 is a single-season career-best.

“We sat down as a team at the beginning of the year and wrote down our top three goals – I’m not a big proponent of setting goals but if we were going to put something on paper, my number one was winning the regular-season championship.

“Maybe at the beginning of the year or on the outside looking in that was a lofty goal but we had a lot of speed and a lot of fight and really proud of that effort.”

Ross Chastain Still Seeking a Victory

Chastain’s third-place run gives him back-to-back top-five efforts at Richmond, but still keeps the Kaulig Racing driver winless with only next weekend’s regular-season finale at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway remaining to notch a trophy before the seven-race Playoff run.

Chastain certainly kept Allgaier honest in both races and was a front-runner all afternoon – his 58 laps out front second only to Allgaier’s effort. And they each won a stage – Allgaier the first stage and Chastain, the second. But neither Chastain nor Jeb Burton was able to wrestle the lead from Allgaier during a long green-flag run after the second stage nor on a restart with 13 laps remaining following an incident with Riley Herbst and Brandon Brown.

Brandon Brown versus Jeremy Clements

Brown was able to continue and scored an impressive 11th-place finish – good enough to keep him 49 points ahead of 17th-place finish Jeremy Clements in a duel for the 12th and final Xfinity Series Playoff position. Brown hopes to hold on to his 49-point advantage over Clements next Friday in the regular-season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Food City 300  at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Race – 40th Annual Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250

Richmond Raceway

Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, September 12, 2020

               1. (14)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 250.

               2. (21)  Jeb Burton, Chevrolet, 250.

               3. (11)  Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 250.

               4. (15)  Harrison Burton #, Toyota, 250.

               5. (8)  Noah Gragson, Chevrolet, 250.

               6. (13)  Justin Haley, Chevrolet, 250.

               7. (9)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 250.

               8. (2)  Brandon Jones, Toyota, 250.

               9. (7)  Kaz Grala, Chevrolet, 250.

               10. (12)  Austin Cindric, Ford, 250.

               11. (16)  Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 250.

               12. (20)  Alex Labbe, Chevrolet, 250.

               13. (3)  Matt Mills, Chevrolet, 250.

               14. (23)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 250.

               15. (4)  Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 249.

               16. (5)  Chase Briscoe, Ford, 249.

               17. (17)  Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, 249.

               18. (10)  Brett Moffitt(i), Chevrolet, 249.

               19. (25)  Bayley Currey(i), Chevrolet, 249.

               20. (30)  Kyle Weatherman, Chevrolet, 248.

               21. (28)  Mason Massey, Toyota, 248.

               22. (35)  Stephen Leicht, Toyota, 247.

               23. (18)  Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 247.

               24. (26)  BJ McLeod, Chevrolet, 247.

               25. (19)  Josh Williams, Chevrolet, 247.

               26. (1)  Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 247.

               27. (22)  Joe Graf Jr #, Chevrolet, 247.

               28. (33)  Chad Finchum, Toyota, 246.

               29. (32)  Kody Vanderwal #, Chevrolet, 246.

               30. (31)  Dexter Bean, Chevrolet, 246.

               31. (27)  Myatt Snider #, Chevrolet, 246.

               32. (34)  Vinnie Miller, Chevrolet, 245.

               33. (24)  Jesse Little #, Chevrolet, 244.

               34. (6)  Riley Herbst #, Toyota, Accident, 227.

               35. (29)  Colby Howard, Chevrolet, Accident, 140.

               36. (36)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, Fuel Pump, 56.

The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 Stats

Average Speed of Race Winner:  92.39 mph.

Time of Race:  Two Hrs, One Min, 46 Secs. The Margin of Victory:  2.185 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  Five for 29 laps.

Lead Changes:  Nine among six drivers.

Lap Leaders:   T. Martins 0;B. Jones 1-16;C. Briscoe 17-29;N. Gragson 30-45;J. Allgaier 46-82;R. Chastain 83-127;J. Allgaier 128-146;R. Chastain 147-159;J. Burton 160-171;J. Allgaier 172-250.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  Justin Allgaier three times for 135 laps; Ross Chastain two times for 58 laps; Brandon Jones one time for 16 laps; Noah Gragson one time for 16 laps; Chase Briscoe one time for 13 laps; Jeb Burton one time for 12 laps.

Stage 1 Top-Ten: 7,9,11,10,20,1,18,8,39,21

Stage 2 Top-Ten: 10,11,8,98,20,22,18,7,9,21