While Keselowski passed Larson on the last circuit to take the victory, Allgaier had a say in how the race concluded before crossing the finish line in second.
Pocono Raceway isn’t the first track where the JR Motorsports driver has given the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers a run for their money.
When Allgaier captured the victory at Phoenix in March, he had command of the field throughout the day and proved to have a stronger car than Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones who ended up second and third respectively.
He was again in the mix at Richmond, challenging eventual race winner Larson before finishing in the runner-up position.
Both Phoenix and Richmond were Dash 4 Cash races where NASCAR Cup Series competitors with five or more years of experience aren’t eligible to race.
However, the drivers who can compete in those events have proven to be dominant in the series this year, winning six of 12 races.
Allgaier’s ability to match their performances and finishes has now placed him atop the points standings as he leads teammate Elliott Sadler by one point.
While Sadler has had a stronger season to date through five top-5 and ten top-10 finishes, Allgaier’s ability to collect more points in each stage has made the difference.
If the teammates can continue their consistency, they will likely maintain a points advantage over the rest of the field.
But Allgaier may keep the upper hand in being one of the best series regulars at mixing it up with the often dominant Cup Series competitors.
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