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2017 Xfinity Season in Review: Justin Allgaier

NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 - Qualifying

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT/TradeMark Nitrogen Chevrolet, walks on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2017 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

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Justin Allgaier

CREW CHIEF: Jason Burdett

TEAM: JR Motorsports

POINTS: 3rd in Xfinity Series

WINS: 2 (Phoenix 1, Chicago)


TOP 5s: 10

TOP 10s: 17

POLES: (Charlotte 1)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Allgaier earned the most wins (two) in a single season in his Xfinity career. … After leading just 34 laps in 2016, Allgaier also led a single season high of 495 laps (his previous best was 222 laps led in 2010). … While he had a good chance to win the championship, Allgaier finished third for the second consecutive season. He has never finished lower than sixth in his seven full-time Xfinity seasons to date.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Very little went wrong for Allgaier in 2017. However, there were a few points to note. First, he earned 17 top-10 finishes in 33 races, 10 top-10 showings less than the 27 he had in 2016. … He couldn’t finish higher than 12th in the championship deciding race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as JR Motorsports teammates William Byron (won the championship) and Elliott Sadler (finished second) ended up ahead of Allgaier in the final standings.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2018: Allgaier is one of the most consistent drivers in the Xfinity Series. He’s carved out a very comfortable home in the series, but he still hasn’t been able to finish higher than third in a season. With William Byron promoted to NASCAR Cup, 2018 may be Allgaier’s best shot at an Xfinity championship.

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