Justin Allgaier Earns Emotional Victory In Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis

by September 10, 2018 0 comments

INDIANAPOLIS – Justin Allgaier claimed the victory in Monday’s rain-postponed Lilly Diabetes 250, his first win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The victory marks Allgaier’s fifth win in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season and the 10th of his career. Allgaier had to hold off his JR Motorsports teammate, Tyler Reddick on the final lap of the race. Allgaier led a race high of 41 of the 100 laps in his No. 7 Dove Men + Care Chevrolet on his way to Victory Lane.

“I used to come here all of the time,” Allgaier said. “I sat in the grandstands, watched the Indy 500. I sat for the first however many Brickyard 400s right up there in Turn 1. That’s why I wanted to do the burnout down there. This one is for my dad, because the Brickyard crossing up there, he drove me up here every Wednesday night during the winter so that I could take classes to be the best tat I could be as not only a good driver inside the car but outside the car.”

With the win, the 32-year-old Illinois native has now won three (Mid-Ohio, Road America and Indy) of the last five NASCAR Xfinity Series races. Prior to Monday, his best finish Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a fifth-place effort back in 2016.

Reddick entered the weekend coming off of a third-place finish at Darlington Raceway. On the final lap of the race, Reddick was able to get to the rear of Allgaier’s car, but he just wasn’t able to pull off a race-winning move. On Monday, Reddick was highest finish for a rookie in the race.

Ryan Blaney finished third in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Chase Elliott and Daniel Hemric finished in the fourth and fifth positions. Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell, Austin Dillon, Chase Briscoe and Brandon Jones completed the top-10.

There were seven cautions for a total of 31 laps in the event. Only one caution was for a multi-car accident.

On lap 24, the caution flag flew when Ty Dillon went for a spin and collected Elliott Sadler. Sadler’s hunt for a regular-season NASCAR Xfinity Series championship dwindled as he now sits fifth in the points standings.

Only one race remains before the cutoff for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Allgaier leads the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings by 49 laps over Cole Custer.

Next weekend, the NASCAR Xfinity Series will visit Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the DC Solar 300. Live coverage will be found on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and the Performance Network (PRN) on Saturday, September 15 at 5 p.m. ET.

Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

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