On the restart to a two-lap overtime following a multi-car wreck in the final laps, RCR team-mates Austin Hill and Sheldon Creed tangled side-by-side several times with Hill leading at the white flag lap.
Heading into Turn 3 on the final of 256 laps, Creed got into Hill and shoved him up the track. The move also opened the door for Allgaier to dive inside of Creed and the two raced fender-to-fender to the checkered flag.
Allgaier edged out Creed by 0.032 seconds to claim the win and automatically advance to the Championship 4 next weekend at Phoenix. A multi-car wreck erupted behind them after the finish that left the cars of playoff contenders Cole Custer and John Hunter Nemechek briefly on fire.
When the dust settled, joining Allgaier in competing for 2023 series title at Phoenix will be Sam Mayer, Nemechek and Custer, who edged Hill by seven points.
“My guys kept telling me, ‘It’s not over.’ Coming to the start/finish line I don’t think I saw a single person sitting down,” Allgaier said. “I was just trying to hang on and go as fast as I can.
“This car has been lights-out all year. I cannot say about everybody at the shop, all our partners. We have a shot at going for the championship at Phoenix. This is an emotional one. I’ve been wanting to win at Martinsville for a long time.”
Sammy Smith finished third, Riley Herbst was fourth and Josh Berry rounded out the top five.
Completing the top-10 in the race were Daniel Hemric, Parker Retzlaff, Anthony Alfredo, Jeb Burton and Parker Kligerman.
Allgaier held off Custer by 1.292 seconds to take the Stage 1 win. Nemechek was third, Hill fourth and Sammy Smith finished fifth, slicing through the field after pitting for new tires under a late-stage caution.
Sammy Smith led every green flag lap and held off Berry by 0.437 seconds to claim the Stage 2 win, just his second stage victory of the season. Myatt Snider was third, Creed fourth and Kaz Grala completed the top five.
During the break between Stages 2 and 3, most of the lead-lap cars pit but Layne Riggs stayed on the track and inherited the lead. When the race resumed on lap 130, Riggs was followed by Ryan Sieg, Mayer and Sammy Smith.
Within four laps, Smith – who pit for new tires – powered back into the lead.
Mayer got into the back of Riggs on lap 153 which sent him around for a spin in Turn 2 and brought out the seventh caution of the race.
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