BRISTOL, Tenn. — Justin Allgaier had an eventful Nationwide race in Saturday’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300. Allgaier, who captured the fourth pole of his series career, led the first 62 laps but was tagged with a speeding penalty on pit road. His day ended in a heated conversation with Chris Buescher, who finished one spot ahead of him in seventh.
Allgaier’s version: “The last lap, we went into Turn 3. There was a car on the inside so I protected the middle. Instead of his checking up and finishing the way (we were) he drove into the back of us.”
An accident on Lap 104 brought the Bristol safety crew to the assistance of driver Nelson Piquet Jr., whose car caught fire after a Turn 1 collision with Jamie Dick. Piquet scurried from the cockpit as flames leaked from the engine compartment. … Nationwide points leader Sam Hornish Jr. finished fourth, easily his best performance at Bristol where he’d never finished better than 10th in Nationwide or 25th in Cup. … Defending race champion Elliott Sadler started fifth but finished 36th, retiring with engine problems.