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Three Takeaways: DC Solar 200

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Justin Allgaier snapped an 80-race winless streak by winning the DC Solar 200 on Saturday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway.

The win was Allgaier’s first since 2012 and secured his spot in this season’s XFINITY Series playoffs.

Allgaier cashes in:

In addition to the victory, Allgaier also took home the $100,000 Dash 4 Cash bonus.

Allgaier’s weekend was about as flawless as it gets. After qualifying fifth, he ran in the top five all day while leading a race-high 85 laps.

Momentum now appears to clearly be on Allgaier’s side with a win and back-to-back top-five finishes heading into next week’s race at Auto Club Speedway.

JR Motorsports flexes muscle:

JR Motorsports as a team enjoyed success across the board in Saturday’s race at Phoenix.

In addition to Allgaier’s win, William Byron finished fourth after starting from the pole, and Elliott Sadler finished fifth. Michael Annett ended up ninth.

Sadler maintains an 11-point lead over Byron in the championship standings heading into Fontana next week.

If the early season success is any indication it appears that JRM could be well-represented come November at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Championship 4.

Suarez’s day ends early:

Saturday was none too kind to reigning XFINITY champion Daniel Suarez.

After failing to get through pre-qualifying inspection, he was forced to start from the rear before the green flag.

Suarez quickly made his way up into the top 20 by Lap 10 but his day ended on the very next lap after hard contact with the outside wall leaving him to settle for a 39th place finish.

“I don’t really know what happened. I just know that I wasn’t racing yet,” said Suarez. “The 51 (Jeremy Clements) hit me in the right rear, and then I had a flat tire, and I hit the wall. Just a little disappointed at the way that those guys race back there. It’s way, way too early in the race to be racing like that. We have more than 150 laps to go, so it’s way, way too early.”

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Justin Tucker

Been following Motorsports for over 30 years. NASCAR, Indy Car, F1. Earliest racing memory was Richard Petty's 200th Cup Series win. Currently resides in Ridgeway, Missouri. Favorite things to do outside of Racing is watching and cheering on the Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Kansas City Chiefs.