BRISTOL, Tenn — He did it again. Justin Allgaier dominated Friday nights Food City 300 at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. He led over half the race. Unfortunately, he didn’t win. Again.
His teammate Noah Gragson on older tires did.
Gragson’s stiffest competition—his JR Motorsports teammate Allgaier—wasn’t at the front of the field for the ending.
When J.J. Yeley slammed the inside wall after slight contact from race leader Allgaier, on Lap 271, Gragson and crew chief Luke Lambert opted to stay on the track while all the other lead-lap cars pitted for fresh tires.
Allgaier instead led the procession of lead-lap cars to pit road when Gragson stayed out, but a speeding penalty sent him to the rear of the field for the final restart.
“I know what happened; I didn’t really think I was speeding, but obviously I was,” said Allgaier, who has led 791 laps in his last seven Bristol races without winning. “I just hate it for everybody. It was cool for [Noah] to get the win. I cannot believe that they were able to stay out there and still run the speed they were.
“I love to hate this place. I’m close to 1,000 career laps led here [actually 1,004] and only one win, and that was over 10 years ago . So, I’ve just got to do a better job next time.”
Allgaier led a race-high 148 laps on Friday, to 89 for Ty Gibbs, 34 for Sheldon Creed and 25 for Gragson.
This was the 6th straight Bristol race that he’s led the most laps and the 6th straight race here that he didn’t win too.