LEBANON, Tenn. – Justin Allgaier out at the Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday for his second NASCAR Xfinity Series win of the season.
The JR Motorsports racer led 134 out of 188 laps in his Chevrolet and beat Trevor Bayne about 4.513 seconds on a hot, steamy afternoon, during which the temperature in the car inched up to 130 degrees.
“It was a kick in the ass,” Allgaier told his team. “Thank you guys so much – it never gets old.”
He says he can’t recall a time when he had such a dominant race car, and is delighted to have it at Nashville. This is the eighth time in his Xfinity Series career that began in Nashville and the first time Allgaier has collected the winner’s commemorative guitar.
Allgaier, who reserved the show for “mud racers because it’s slippery. It’s hot, we slide around.”
Allgaier also dedicated the victory to his father, who he said suffered from health complications.
Nashville marked the hottest race weekend so far this season with temperatures in the mid-90s and 30 degrees hotter inside the car. The leader of the chain of points AJ Allmendinger fell to the ground as he climbed out of his car and immediately began to freeze his heels from where the exhaust was placed under him during the race. He is expected to race Sunday in the Cup Series event.
Ryan Vargas was taken by golf cart to the care centre, and other drivers were seen receiving ice packs and water in the tunnel.