by Charlie Turner
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A long day in Chicagoland was just a bit too short for a dominant Carl Edwards but just the right length for good guy Justin Allgaier. Allgaier’s Turner Motorsports Chevy had about one gulp of fuel more than Carl’s Roush Mustang so Justin started his gasless coast a little closer to the finish line, and beat Edwards there in the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ STP 300.
Afterwards, there couldn’t have been a much better vibe in the garage and in victory lane than there was for good guy Justin. Even Edwards said, “if I had to get beat….”.
Early in the day, I got a chance to take a a few pace car laps around Chicagoland Speedway and Allgaier was the driver. It was a blast, and Justin very patiently explained the different lines through the corners and some of the idiosyncrasies of this particular mile-and-a-half track.
He had been quoted Friday that he considered Chicagoland his home track. He told me that it was probably his favorite too. After the race, it definitely was, for sure.
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