Justin Allgaier, 7 Team peaking, trying to upset Big Three

Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier celebrates after his first win of the season, a week ago, at ISM Raceway. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

All anyone has heard or seen this season when watching the NASCAR Xfinity Series has been total domination put down by the trio of Christopher Bell, Cole Custer, and Tyler Reddick.

The three have combined to win 20 of the 32 Xfinity races in the 2019 season.

Justin Allgaier, who raced his way into the Championship 4 by winning at ISM Raceway last weekend, is trying for his second on Saturday at Homestead.

Justin Allgaier, 7 Team peaking, trying to upset Big Three

In his fourth year back in the Xfinity series with JR Motorsports, the Riverton, Illinois native enters the final race of the season with a chance to win the title for a third time.

It seems like a tall task, but Allgaier is coming into this weekend confidently, and rightfully so.

“A lot of the story lines this year have been surrounding the other three contenders,” Allgaier said. “They’ve been really strong and they’ve won a lot of races, but I feel like this BRANDT Professional Agriculture team is peaking at the right time and you can’t count us out.”

Allgaier is on to something there.

His No. 7 team has pitched lights out, in the playoffs, averaging a 3.7 finish in the six-race postseason.

During that span, he has only failed to finish in the top five once – when he finished in sixth at Texas two weeks ago.

It seems like all of the success has just been a matter of time for Allgaier this season, too. He hasn’t settled for a finish outside of the top 10 since the first weekend of July at Daytona.

He’ll need that success to continue, however, if he wants to win the title.

His three competitors have shown very little signs of weakness at Homestead.

Bell finished 11th in Miami a year ago in his first full season with Joe Gibbs’ squad, and that’s the exception.

Custer won the event two years ago even though he didn’t make the Championship 4, while Reddick won last season to capture his first title.

Allgaier has finished in the top 10 just twice at Homestead despite his nine starts there. That’s why this season, he’s going into it with a different mindset.

“We’re going to go to Homestead and have some fun,” Allgaier said. “We’re going into this weekend with a new mentality and a new energy and we’re going to have a shot at winning a championship. I can’t wait to see what we can go there and do this weekend.”

Qualifying for the race is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET on NBCSN while the race broadcast will start at 3:30 p.m. ET on the same network.

Whether it will be momentum or results, the title will be decided Saturday afternoon, and the race could be one for the ages.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.