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Justin Allgaier Takes Home $100,000
- Updated: March 19, 2017
The DC Solar 200 marked the fourth stop of the season for NASCAR’s junior tour. It also marked the first of four Xfinity “Dash-4-Cash” races, where series regulars have a chance to take home a $100,000 bonus. Justin Allgaier was able to capitalize in dominant fashion, taking home the big check and his first trophy since 2012.
“Last year was tough,” said Allgaier. “We had really good runs all year and were never able to get to Victory Lane, but these guys fought hard, like the same group of guys that we had last year. These guys didn’t give up, the pit crew did awesome; they gave me great pit stops. I knew it was going to come down to a short run at the end and I knew we had the car. We just needed a restart at the end, and we got that.”
In all, Justin Allgaier led 85 of the 200 laps, and survived a flurry of late-race restarts to take the victory.
The DC Solar 200 also marked the first race regarding new rules for Cup drivers in lower series. This meant that powerhouse moonlighters such Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski gave way to younger names like Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez, and Ryan Blaney. The racing was perhaps the best it’s been in recent seasons. In all there were 13 official lead changes, and several battles for position throughout the day. At a track where passing is traditionally difficult, this was a massive improvement.
Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, William Byron, and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 5.
Darrell Wallace Jr came home in 6th for the third consecutive week, in a continued resurgence.
Daniel Hemric finished a career best 7th.
There were 9 cautions totaling 55 laps, including 2 stage cautions.
Austin Dillon was called to the NASCAR officials trailer for his on-track retaliation regarding an incident with Cole Custer
The Xfinity Series returns to the track on March 25th for the Treatmyclot.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA — Fox Sports 1 coverage begins at 4PM eastern time.