Lowering the Broom: Allgaier’s Richmond Sweep Adds to JRM’s History

Ron Lemasters | 9/16/2020

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Justin Allgaier’s sweep of last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Richmond made history in one sense and added to some team achievements in the other.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 16, 2020) – Justin Allgaier’s sweep of last weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series races at Richmond made history in one sense and added to some team achievements in the other.

The 34-year-old Illinois native was the first JRM driver to win races on consecutive days, winning last Friday’s opener at Richmond in the No. 7 FilterTime Chevrolet and taking Saturday’s event in the familiar BRANDT Professional Agriculture colors he campaigns.

It was the fourth time in JRM history that the team had swept both of the season’s races at a particular track in the series. Due to the pandemic, both season races at Richmond were run on consecutive days.

The feat itself is impressive, given that Allgaier led nearly half of the 500 laps in the two races (78 on Friday and 135 on Saturday for a total of 213), establishing himself and the No. 7 team at JRM as one of the favorites to win the series championship in November at Phoenix Raceway.

Two of Allgaier’s 14 career NXS victories have come on the 1-mile desert oval.

Only three other times in team history has JRM swept both races at a particular track in a single season, though Allgaier is the only driver to have done it himself.

Allgaier had a part in the most recent season sweep as well, as he and eventual champion William Byron doubled up at Phoenix in 2017. Allgaier won the spring race and Byron took the fall race to set up his championship drive a week later at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

In 2014, Regan Smith (with the same No. 7 team that Allgaier drives) won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in a Ragu-sponsored Chevrolet, and teammate Kasey Kahne took the summer event in the No. 5 Hellmann’s Chevrolet, giving Unilever Brands a Daytona double.

Later that year, eventual champion Chase Elliott took the first race at Chicagoland Speedway in his No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet and Kevin Harvick won the second Chi-Town race in the No. 5 Jimmy John’s Camaro.

This week’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway offers the chance of a second straight season sweep, as Noah Gragson took the first race there in June in his No. 9 Plan B Sales Chevrolet.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

XFINITY Series Standings

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Phoenix Raceway | 11/7/2020
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Austin Cindric (P)40400
2Justin Allgaier (P)4032-8
3Justin Haley (P)4029-11
4Chase Briscoe (P)4028-12
5Noah Gragson2306-1734
6Brandon Jones2273-1767
7Ross Chastain2270-1770
8Harrison Burton #2248-1792
9Michael Annett2202-1838