Justin Allgaier wins on fumes: The STP 300 Nationwide Review

Justin Allgaier gets down on the apron as he runs out of fuel crossing the start/finish line after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 on Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

What a finish to an otherwise subpar race!  With 35 to go, we had a great battle for first between Carl Edwards and Elliott Sadler.  Sadler just would not give up the lead but everyone in the race, and I mean everyone, was low on fuel.  While Edwards and Sadler were going at it, Justin Allgaier was quietly passing cars and putting up top laps.

With 7 to go, Elliott Sadler had a tire going down and had to pit leaving the fight for the win down to just Edwards and Allgaier.  After the white flag it looked like Edwards was going to bring it home, but it wasn't to be as he ran out of gas on the last turn.  As Edwards shook his car back and forth, trying to pick up some extra fuel in the bottom of his tank, Allgaier almost rearended him.  Justin fortunately shot to the inside and passed Carl, before running out of gas himself.  Justin Allgaier picked up his second career Nationwide win, and his first at his home track of Chicagoland.

Results and more after the Jump!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 13 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 200 Running
2 4 60 Carl Edwards(i) Fastenal Ford 200 Running
3 31 16 Trevor Bayne Avnet / BMA Ford 200 Running
4 1 88 Aric Almirola TaxSlayer.com Chevy 200 Running
5 14 38 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 200 Running
6 7 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 200 Running
7 15 09 Kenny Wallace Family Farmers Toyota 200 Running
8 17 18 Kelly Bires Heil Heating Toyota 200 Running
9 11 62 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers  Toyota 200 Running
10 16 7 Danica Patrick Tissot / GoDaddy.com Chevy 199 Running
11 2 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 199 Running
12 10 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 199 Running
13 18 33 Kevin Harvick(i) Rheem Chevy 199 Running
14 3 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. RickyvsTrevor.com Ford 199 Running
15 25 15 Timmy Hill # Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 199 Running
16 22 01 Mike Wallace Cowboys and Aliens Chevy 199 Running
17 8 11 Brian Scott Sandvik Toyota 199 Running
18 27 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut Chevy 199 Running
19 19 70 Scott Wimmer ForeTravel Motorcoach Chevy 198 Running
20 9 99 Ryan Truex # Pastrana Waltrip Racing Toyota 198 Running
21 29 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 198 Running
22 12 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevy 196 Running
23 24 28 Derrike Cope Jay Robinson Inc. Chevy 196 Running
24 26 40 Charles Lewandoski # Key Motorsports Chevy 196 Running
25 28 89 Morgan Shepherd Victory in Jesus Racing Chevy 196 Running
26 21 39 Josh Wise Cajun Industries Ford 195 Running
27 20 81 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Dodge 194 Running
28 38 52 Kevin Lepage Just Rite Acoustics Chevy 193 Running
29 23 51 Jeremy Clements Gerber Collision & Glass Chevy 186 Running
30 6 22 Brad Keselowski(i) Discount Tire Dodge 139 Engine
31 41 41 Carl Long Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 79 Steering Box
32 30 23 Robert Richardson Jr. North Texas Pipe Dodge 64 Electrical
33 5 30 Mikey Kile Sears Auto Center Chevy 62 Engine
34 37 79 Tim Andrews 2nd Chance Motorsports Ford 29 Start and Park
35 32 49 Dennis Setzer Jay Robinson Inc. Chevy 24 Start and Park
36 35 13 Rick Crawford(i) DriverMale.com Ford 22 Start and Park
37 36 68 Matt Carter Fleur-de-lis Farms Chevy 18 Start and Park
38 42 75 Johnny Chapman Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 15 Start and Park
39 40 74 Mike Harmon Riverwalk Cafe Chevy 6 Start and Park
40 33 44 Jeff Green Pro Motor Chevy 3 Start and Park
41 34 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevy 3 Start and Park
42 39 55 Brett Rowe Imperial Bedding Chevy 3 Start and Park

Danica Patrick matched her top 10 in Indy.  My guess is that she makes the switch next year to full time Nationwide Driver.  She seems to be better at Stock Cars. 

Trevor Bayne had a great return, I still cannot see him going winless this year. 

The top three in points are seperated by just 6 points. 

After running out of gas, Elliott Sadler slipped to second, while our new points leader is once again Reed Sorenson.  Here's the best battle in Nascar:

Pos Car # Driver Make Points Wins
1 32 Reed Sorenson Chevy 488 0
2 2 Elliott Sadler Chevy 486 0
3 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 482 1
4 31 Justin Allgaier Chevy 477 1
5 88 Aric Almirola Chevy 442 0
6 38 Jason Leffler Chevy 437 0
7 09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 417 0
8 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 385 0
9 11 Brian Scott Toyota 366 0
10 62 Michael Annett Toyota 346 0

After the #20 had to withdraw and with a bad run by Kelly Bires, neither Joe Gibbs cars lead the Owner's standings.  It's now Carl Edwards' #60 team.  The #32 team has moved up to third behind the #18. Here's the fight:

Pos Car # Driver Points
1 60 Carl Edwards 524
2 18 Kelly Bires 518
3 32 Reed Sorenson 509
4 20 Denny Hamlin 496
5 33 Kevin Harvick 490
6 2 Elliott Sadler 486
7 6 Ricky Stenhouse 482
8 31 Justin Allgaier 477
9 22 Brad Keselowski 446
10 38 Jason Leffler 446

With two teams in the top 30 not locked in due to missing one race, things are pretty stagnent in the locked in battle.  Here's the fight for the top 30 (now 32) in owner points:

Pos Car # Driver Points
30 28 Derrike Cope 244
31 23 Robert Richardson 230
32 40 Charles Lewandowski 205
33 52 Kevin Lepage 194
34 41 Carl Long 149
35 12 Sam Hornish 138

Nationwide now has an off week, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check back to Nascar Ranting and Raving this week.  Come back, and come back often.  Enjoy!

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