Allgaier wins in a thriller at Chicagoland|
Joliet, IL (Sports Network) - Illinois-native Justin Allgaier won Saturday's
STP 300 Nationwide Series race in a dramatic finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
Allgaier, who hails from Riverton, IL, located 160 miles southwest of this
1.5-mile track, grabbed the lead from Carl Edwards on the backstretch of the
final lap when Edwards ran out of fuel. Allgaier's gas tank also went dry when
he came out of turn four, but he managed to coast across the finish line in
"[Crew chief] Jimmy Elledge has made great pit stop calls all year," said
Allgaier, who led only the final lap. "I wasn't sure if we were going to make
it or not. I saw Carl run out of gas, so I ducked to the left. As soon as I
moved to the left, my fuel ran out."
Allgaier and Edwards last pitted with 62 laps remaining in the 200-lap race.
Allgaier, who took tires and fuel on his final pit stop, chased down Edwards
in the final laps. Edwards came in for fuel only on his last stop.
"Our Hendrick motors get great fuel mileage, and I figured one of these races
is going to work out our way," Elledge said.
It was Allgaier's second career Nationwide win. His maiden victory came in
March 2010 at Bristol. Allgaier also became the second regular in the series
to win this year. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the checkered flag at Iowa two
"To get a win at Chicago, which is my home racetrack, I don't think it can get
much better than this," Allgaier added.
Edwards dominated most of the race by leading 144 laps. He ended up crossing
the finish line nearly two seconds behind Allgaier.
"I thought I saved about a lap or so of fuel," Edwards said. "They told me I
could make it to [lap] 200. With five or six laps to go, Justin started really
coming, so I just laid it down and started going, and you saw what happened. I
ran out of gas on the back straightaway."
Trevor Bayne finished third, which matched his best run in a Nationwide race.
Bayne made his first NASCAR start since April 23 at Nashville. The Daytona 500
champion had been sidelined for more than one month while battling symptoms of
nausea, fatigue and impaired vision from an inflammatory condition.
"I'm really thankful to be back where I was," Bayne said. "I could still be
sitting there in the hospital with a patch on my eye and seeing two of you, so
I'm thankful to be back and have everything be okay."
Aric Almirola, the pole sitter, and Jason Leffler rounded out the top-five.
Reed Sorenson, Kenny Wallace, Kelly Bires and Michael Annett finished sixth
through ninth, respectively.
Danica Patrick placed 10th in her return to Nationwide. Patrick's last start
in the series was in March at Bristol. She finished 10th in last Sunday's
Sorenson took over the points lead. He holds just a two-point advantage over
Elliott Sadler, who finished 11th. Stenhouse is six points behind the leader
after his 14th-place run. Stenhouse had a tire mishap during one of his pit
stops and then scraped the wall shortly after.
The 300-mile race featured a track record 21 leaders among 12 drivers.
06/05 00:36:34 ET