NASCAR: Justin Allgaier cleared to compete at Kentucky

Justin Allgaier has been cleared to get back behind the wheel for this evening’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway following yesterday’s race.

A last-lap crash in Thursday night’s Shady Rays 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway resulted in JR Motorsports’ Justin Allgaier being sent to a local hospital for further evaluation.

JR Motorsports released a statement this morning confirming that the 34-year-old Spaulding, Illinois native had been treated and released from the hospital, but that he would need to undergo further evaluation to determined whether or not he could return behind the wheel of the #7 Chevrolet for tonight’s Alsco 300 at the track.

They later confirmed that Allgaier has been cleared to compete in tonight’s race.

Yesterday evening, Allgaier was in fourth place on the outside of the second row on the race’s final restart with two laps remaining when teammate Noah Gragson, who restarted in third, got loose in turn two of the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) oval in Sparta, Kentucky.

As a result, his #9 Chevrolet made slight contact with Allgaier’s #7 Chevrolet. That contact dropped Allgaier several positions back before the 136th and final lap.

Coming down the back straightaway on lap 136, Allgaier’s #7 Chevrolet made contact with Ronnie Bassett Jr.’s #90 DGM Motorsports Chevrolet. This contact sent Allgaier’s car into the outside wall and Bassett’s car spinning into the inside wall, where it then made heavy contact and lifted up off the ground.

Then Timmy Hill arrived on the scene, and his #61 MBM Motorsports Toyota was unable to avoid the carnage. He made hard contact with Allgaier’s car, sending it nose-first into the turn three wall, and then with Bassett’s car.

Here is a video of the crash.

Both Bassett and Hill were checked and released from the infield care center.

Allgaier was officially scored in 20th place in yesterday’s race, so his #7 Chevrolet is set to line up in 20th for this evening’s 200-lap race. However, because of the crash damage, he is set to move to a backup car and line up at the rear of the field prior to the green flag.

Through the first 14 races of the 33-race 2020 season, Allgaier sits in sixth place in the championship standings with a top finish of third at Darlington Raceway. He has led 319 laps, second only to teammate Noah Gragson (431).

Tune in to Fox Sports 1 this evening at 8:00 p.m. ET for the live broadcast of the Alsco 300 from Kentucky Speedway.