Justin Allgaier is feeling all good after Iowa win
By Rick Minter/ Andrews McMeel Syndication
The stats from Sunday’s Iowa 250 Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway don’t tell the whole story of how hard Justin Allgaier had to fight to score his second Xfinity win of the season and the seventh of his career.
The Father’s Day race was NASCAR’s marquee event for the weekend, as the Monster Energy Cup Series was idle, and no Cup drivers ran the race.
The statistics show that Allgaier started 11th, took the lead for the first time on Lap 59, won both of the first two stages and led a total off 182 of the race’s 250 laps, including the final 45, to get the victory over Christopher Bell.
What the numbers don’t show was that Allgaier had to rely on his years of experience both in Cup and Xfinity to hold off Bell, who had to start from the rear after his car failed a pre-qualifying inspection but drove his way to the front and challenged Allgaier for the top spot throughout the second half of the race.
Bell said he just couldn’t overcome the aerodynamic advantage Allgaier had by having the lead.
“I just needed to be in front of him,” Bell said. “Our Rheem Camry was really good. It was really good on the bottom in both corners, but I just didn’t have enough to clear him.”
Allgaier, who is sponsored by an agricultural company, Brandt, and had an ear of corn painted on the hood of his No. 7 Chevrolet, said winning at Iowa was really special.
“Incredible,” he said. “We’re in the middle of corn fields — how could you not enjoy this? … Doing it on Father’s Day, it was really cool having my daughter here.”
The victory secured a playoff berth for Allgaier, one he needed because his earlier victory at Dover International Speedway didn’t count for a playoff spot after his car failed a post-race inspection there.
Daniel Hemric finished third ahead of Cole Custer and Brandon Jones, while Riley Herbst came back from a penalty for speeding on pit road to finish sixth in his Xfinity Series debut.
Elliott Sadler maintained his series points lead despite a long, frustrating afternoon at Iowa. Sadler blew a tire early in the race and the impact with the wall damaged the suspension of his No. 1 Chevrolet.
He wound up finishing 28th, 11 laps in arrears. That followed a similarly disappointing finish the week before at Michigan International Speedway, where he finished 30th after starting third and leading 10 laps of a rain-shortened race.
Rookie driver Austin Cindric finished 11th at Iowa after earning his first career Xfinity pole and leading the first 58 laps of the race.
The Xfinity Series returns to action on June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway for the Overton’s 300.