NASCAR: Justin Allgaier wins at New Hampshire as Gragson, Cassill DQ’d

Justin Allgaier prevailed in an action-packed Crayon 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, earning his third victory of the season and a very special birthday present for his wife, Ashley. A race trophy.

The driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet delivered Chevy’s first win at the 1.058-mile track in 15 years. It’s Allgaier’s third win of the season – coming a comfortable 3.869-seconds ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver Trevor Bayne, who was trying to earn the JGR team its seventh consecutive New Hampshire win.

“We finished second here last year to one (Toyota) and I told these guys I really wanted to win here,’’ said Allgaier, who now has three wins in the last eight races. “This place has been so much fun over the years.’’

“First of all, it’s my wife’s birthday, so if I can’t be with my wife on her birthday, the best thing to do is take home a trophy to her. Just proud of the team.”

Justin Allgaier

It was, at times, a dramatic drive for the 36-year-old Illinois driver. He had an incident with Julia Landauer’s car early – apologizing to her after the race. And although he ran top five for most of the day, he didn’t actually lead the race until 48 laps remaining — dicing it up with Landon Cassill, who was looking for his first career win.

The two exchanged the lead five times in the closing 60 laps with Allgaier able to pull away for good with 19 laps to go.

Cassill, who led 17 laps, ultimately had his third-place finish disqualified for post-race inspection violations – the rear of his No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet was ruled too low.

The fourth-place finisher, Allgaier’s JR Motorsports teammate Noah Gragson in the No. 9 JRM Chevrolet was also disqualified after a failed post-race inspection. His car failed front body inspection heights and was too low. The DQ dropped him from fourth place to fifth place in the season standings, now 99 points behind leader AJ Allmendinger but safely in the Playoffs with two victories.

The two disqualifications moved fifth-place finisher Brandon Brown in the No. 68 Chevrolet officially into third place in the official race results – the best result and first top-5 of the season for the 29-year-old Virginian’s family-owned team.

It may have been a Toyota-dominated Victory Lane for most of the past few years, but even with the disqualifications to Cassill and Gragson, Chevrolet drivers still made up nine of the top 10 positions on Saturday.

Ty Dillon, Austin Hill, Kyle Weatherman, Mason Massey and Bayley Currey rounded out the top 10. It marked the second top-10 finish of Weatherman’s season and the second top-10 result of both Massey and Currey’s careers.

The race included 10 caution periods (including a nearly eight-minute red flag), and there were 15 lead changes among 10 drivers with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Ty Gibbs led the most laps (49) on the day.

Both Gibbs and championship leader Allmendinger were noticeably absent from that group atop the scoreboard. Gibbs’ No. 54 JGR Toyota suffered a mechanical problem just after the Stage 2 break and he finished 21st – the second week in a row he’s had a sub-20th-place showing.

Allmendinger was involved in one of the multi-car accidents, hitting the wall with 58 laps remaining and forced to pit for extensive repairs to his No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. He finished one position ahead of Gibbs in 20th place.

The race was red-flagged with 125 laps complete after contact between the cars of Sheldon Creed and pole winner Josh Berry sparked a multi-car stack-up exiting Turn 2. Myatt Snider, Ryan Sieg, Jeb Burton and Riley Herbst all piled in behind Berry’s spinning No. 8 Chevrolet, with Sieg’s No. 39 entry vaulting up after heavy contact from Burton’s No. 27.

The rough day for Gibbs and the good day for Allgaier shook up the points standings with Allmendinger now leading Allgaier by 16 points. Gibbs is now third place, 28 points back.

Landauer placed 36th in the 38-car field in her Xfinity Series debut, completing just 90 laps after involvement in a pair of crashes with her No. 45 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet. Contact with the No. 7 Chevy of Allgaier on Lap 34 sent her car spinning into the inside retaining wall, and a Lap 98 tangle with Matt Mills left Landauer’s car with terminal damage.

Race Results

Fin Str No. Driver Team Laps Status
1 3 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 200 Running
2 6 18 Trevor Bayne Devotion Nutrition Toyota 200 Running
3 19 68 Brandon Brown Zero FG Energy Chevrolet 200 Running
4 21 51 Jeremy Clements Spartan Waste/Fox Sports 98.3 Chevrolet 200 Running
5 18 2 Sheldon Creed # Whelen Chevrolet 200 Running
6 17 48 Ty Dillon(i) Big Machine Spiked Coolers Chevrolet 200 Running
7 15 21 Austin Hill # Bennett Transporation and Logistics Chevrolet 200 Running
8 20 34 Kyle Weatherman Equity Prime Mortgage Chevrolet 200 Running
9 30 91 Mason Massey BRUNT Workwear Chevrolet 200 Running
10 24 4 Bayley Currey SEM Chevrolet 200 Running
11 31 8 David Starr Pro Ambitions Hockey Ford 200 Running
12 26 7 Joe Graf Jr. G Coin Ford 200 Running
13 33 38 CJ McLaughlin SciAps Ford 200 Running
14 14 2 Brett Moffitt Robert B Our Chevrolet 200 Running
15 12 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 200 Running
16 28 35 Patrick Emerling Toyota 200 Running
17 34 44 Howie Disavino III Clear Cryptos Chevrolet 200 Running
18 22 26 Derek Griffith Hudson Speedway Toyota 198 Running
19 36 6 Ryan Vargas Chevrolet 198 Running
20 7 16 AJ Allmendinger Action Industries Chevrolet 197 Running
21 4 54 Ty Gibbs He Gets Us Toyota 196 Running
22 35 78 Matt Mills(i) J.F. Electric Chevrolet 192 Running
23 38 66 JJ Yeley Work Pro Tools Toyota 190 Running
24 29 5 Josh Williams Sleep Well Chevrolet 189 Electrical
25 37 13 Akinori Ogata(i) BlabaBooth Toyota 169 Engine
26 10 88 William Byron(i) Chevrolet 163 Electrical
27 27 36 Alex Labbe Chevrolet 143 Accident
28 8 19 Brandon Jones Menards/Watts Toyota 142 Accident
29 16 23 Anthony Alfredo John Civetta & Sons Chevrolet 138 Accident
30 13 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 133 Accident
31 1 8 Josh Berry Tire Pros Chevrolet 127 Accident
32 11 39 Ryan Sieg Ford 124 Accident
33 23 27 Jeb Burton Walking with Anthony Chevrolet 124 Accident
34 25 31 Myatt Snider Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet 124 Accident
35 2 11 Daniel Hemric AG1 – Athletic Greens Chevrolet 105 Accident
36 32 45 Julia Landauer Boss Beauties/GarageXYZ Chevrolet 90 Accident
37 5 10 Landon Cassill Carnomaly Chevrolet 200 Running
38 9 9 Noah Gragson Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet 200 Running


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