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Allgaier Continues to Keep Pace with Cup Regulars

A thrilling close to Saturday’s Pocono Green 250 put Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, and Kyle Larson against each other in the final laps.

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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By Jason Schultz

Jason Schultz aspires to enter the public relations field of NASCAR. Schultz, 19, attends UNC Charlotte and is a communication studies major with a focus in public relations. In addition to contributing to POPULAR SPEED, Schultz produces podcasts for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Dirty Mo Radio. He also completed a semester as a social media intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Each year, he volunteers as the social media correspondent for Autism Delaware's Drive for Autism golf tournament featuring NASCAR personalities and the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover.