JR Motorsports Race Report
|April 6th, 2019|
|Race 7 of 33:||Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway|
|Track Specs:||0.533-mile concrete oval / 300 laps|
|Weather:||Mostly cloudy; 70 degrees|
|Race Winner:||Christopher Bell|
Justin Allgaier led 138 laps in Saturday’s Alsco 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, sweeping the first two stages. However, a part failure ultimately took the Armour Vienna Sausage team out of the race on lap 228, resulting in a 30th-place finish. Allgaier remains sixth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series point standings.
The Illinois native started the 300-lap race from the sixth position and wasted no time advancing his position to third on the first lap. By lap 27, he was running in second and was in the same spot when the first caution came out on lap 43. Under the yellow, Allgaier reported that the Armour Vienna Sausage Chevy was a little tight through the center of the turns, but overall had pretty good balance. Back under green-flag conditions, the 32-year-old driver continued his surge forward, battling with the No. 2 of Tyler Reddick for the lead. On the final lap, Allgaier worked his way by to win Stage One on lap 85.
Under the stage-ending caution, Allgaier can to pit road for four tires and fuel, taking the green flag for Stage Two from the top spot on lap 100. He continued to pace the field as he maneuvered his way through lapped traffic. When a caution came out with six laps to go in the second stage, race leader Allgaier relayed that the Armour Vienna Sausage Camaro fired off really good, but had started getting tight. The field remained under caution through the end of Stage Two and Allgaier was scored with another stage win, collecting his second playoff point of the day.
The team called Allgaier in once pit road opened for four fresh tires and more fuel to get ready to go for the final stage. Allgaier won the race off of pit road and when to green flag waved on lap 179, he maintained the lead. On lap 195 an intense battle ensued when Christopher Bell closed in on the Armour Vienna Sausage Chevy. The two raced side-by-side, swapping the lead for several laps until Allgaier reported a problem with his No. 7 Chevy and headed to the garage on lap 228. The team worked to diagnose the problem, ultimately finding a part failure.
Bell won the race and was followed by Reddick and Cole Custer, with Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek rounding out the top five.
Justin Allgaier, driver No. 7 Armour Vienna Sausage team
“Frustrating doesn’t even begin to describe today. I’m really proud of the effort the team put into this Armour Vienna Sausage Chevrolet this weekend. We had a fast car. We did everything right and swept the first two stages and then this happened. It’s just unfortunate. We’ve had such great Camaros, but just haven’t had the luck this season so far to get the finishes this team deserves.”
No. 7 Armour Vienna Sausage team
|Laps Completed (Led)||227 of 300 (138)|
|Points (Bonus)||27 (2)|
|Point Standings (from leader)||6th (-90)|