Justin Allgaier not taking any of this season’s successes for granted

The Xfinity Series regular season concludes in Saturday night’s DC Solar 300 (5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and current championship leader Justin Allgaier is not only enjoying a career year but intent to turn it into a championship.

The JR Motorsports driver has five wins and leads Cole Custer by a healthy 49 points in the championship standings. The victory total is more than double that of Allgaier’s entire previous nine-year career competing in the series.

“Personally I feel that I’m in the best place I’ve ever been behind the wheel of a race car,’’ Allgaier said trackside Friday morning. “I’m more confident in what we’re doing. The better we run the more confidence you build and I think that’s been a huge part for me and it’s been a lot of fun this year.

“It took me almost 10 years to win five races and we’ve done that already this year. So I’m not going to take it for granted because I know how hard it is to get to victory lane.  And how lucky we are right now to be in this position and hopefully we can carry this momentum through the playoffs and see what happens.”

Allgaier, who drives the No. 7 Chevrolet for JRM, has won three of the last six races, including last weekend at Indianapolis. He has a streak of 13 top-10 finishes, and has only one finish outside the top five in the last seven races. His best previous championship finish was third in 2016 and 2017.