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Justin Allgaier Returning to JR Motorsports in 2020

Justin Allgaier revealed to Catchfence.com Friday (Aug. 23) that he will be back in the No. 7 Chevrolet sponsored by BRANDT in 2020. Allgaier has driven the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet full-time since he returned to the Xfinity Series in 2016.

“First and foremost, JR Motorsports just fits my style,” Allgaier said. “When you look at people and you look at performance, you look at sponsors, there’s so many things that make sense at JRM for me, there’s been some opportunities to make moves for myself and not including the Brandt side of it.”

Furthermore, he noted, “As much as it’s a good fit for me, it’s a great fit for them. And I’ve just decided that as long as they’re happy, for me it’s a great place to be at and I’m going to go for race wins and championship. It’s a no-brainer if you will.”

Allgaier enters the Road America race weekend fresh off a disappointment. He led the 2019 Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with 11 laps to go. However, he cut a right front tire and hit the wall. He finished in eighth after having to stop to change tires, not indicative of his 131 laps led.

Even though he finished eighth, Allgaier is currently fourth in the Xfinity Series point standings. He lacks a win, but he does have four stage wins for a total of four playoff points. He also has nine top five and 14 top-10 finishes. He already has mathematically clinched his berth into the playoffs. In all his full-time seasons in the Xfinity Series, Allgaier has not finished outside the top 10.

Allgaier has 10 career Xfinity Series wins to his name, along with three third-place finishes in the championship standings. The 33-year-old from Riverton, Ill. also has competed in 76 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

Allgaier is one of three full-time JR Motorsports drivers this season. He is teammates to Michael Annett and Noah Gragson. Annett won the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, so he has already clinched his playoff berth. Gragson has not mathematically clinched his spot in the playoffs yet, but it is but a mere formality. The team also fields an all-star car, the No. 8 Chevrolet. Outside of Allgaier, JR Motorsports has not announced the rest of its lineup for next season.

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Mark joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is an Eagle Scout & a proud University of Dayton alum. He also writes about NASCAR for Beyond the Flag.

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