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Justin Allgaier wins exciting Xfinity Series race at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GEORGIA – MARCH 20: Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 Axalta/EchoPark Automotive Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Saturday night’s race started with Cindric winning the pole and taking control of the race while Martin Truex Jr started 18th and raced through the field early. It didn’t take long for his bright yellow Supra to ring around Austin Cindric on the outside on lap six taking the lead off of turn two. The competition caution came out halfway through stage one when Truex had about a two-second lead on his teammate, Harrison Burton in 2nd.

Truex would run away with the lead for the next 15 laps before Dexter Bean spun with just five to go in stage one. This was set up for a one-lap dash for the stage win. Truex jumped out front on the start and ran off with the stage win that would end under caution. On the backstretch, Brett Moffitt got into Brandon Jones’ quarter panel sending him spinning right into the big pack of cars collecting Moffitt, Gragson, and Timmy Hill.

Truex would exit the pits fourth but would waste no time jumping to the lead on the first lap of stage two. The stage went caution-free and was uneventful besides some battles throughout the top 10. Truex drove off and won stage two in dominating fashion.

Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won the race off pit road and had a challenge from Justin Allgaier on the restart. The number 7 got to his outside but lost it in turn three, but Truex kept the lead. The next run would be uneventful before the number 99 of Mason Massy spun off of turn two.

The number 54 team beat the field off of pit road by a big margin while under caution. This margin was wiped out due to a race-changing speeding penalty after over a hundred laps led. This would hand Allgaier the lead with 46 to go. In turn one of that restart, Jeb Burton and Jeremy Clements made major contact and both went into the track. The 10 of Jeb Burton was left with a blown tire while Clements left the scene with a tire rub.

The race restarted with 39 to go. Justin Allgaier held the lead while Truex charged through the field. Truex and Gragson drove up to the top five and were gaining ground on the leaders before a caution came out after Josh Berry hit the grass hard. Ryan Sieg slid up the track into Berry’s 8 car off of turn 4 sending Josh sliding into the grass, ending his race with a big hit.

The race restarted with Colby Howard staying out in the lead. He quickly gave up the lead, driving near the wall to let the line behind him pass and ultimately letting Allgaier get back into the lead. Further back, a comeback was the name of the game as Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger and Martin Truex Jr all blew by the field into the top 5.

With less than 20 to go, the lead starting heating up as Harrison Burton was gaining ground on the black 7 car. Martin Truex Jr was cutting time back in third while the two battled ahead of him. Truex got under his teammate with 13 to go and cleared Burton with just a lap later to set his sights on Allgaier’s Chevrolet.

The lead was separated by half a second with five laps left while Truex faded back to a full second a lap later. Allgaier would fend off Martin and win his first race of 2021!

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