Justin Allgaier overcame a serious of problems and may have had the best comeback of the weekend


Justin Allgaier wasn't having a good night in Kentucky.

A lot was on the line in the NASCAR XFINITY playoffs opener. Allgaier, as reported by NASCAR.com,  started in prime position, 4th in the field. Then a flat right-front tire early in the race sent him to the pits and back to 39th in the field. Things didn't look good.

Allgaier slowly battled back and never lost faith, eventually finishing 3rd behind Tyler Reddick and Brennan Poole in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300.

"My team at JR Motorsports obviously does a great job," said Allgaier, who is tied for the XFINITY Series points lead with Cole Custer. "We talked about not beating ourselves in the first playoff race. It was unfortunate there getting a flat tire. It wasn't in our control. We did what we had to do and persevered through it and we did a great job on pit calls and pit stops."

The 2nd place finish for Poole is his best career finish in the XFINITY Series -- and only top-three result of the season for the 26-year-old.

"We've been working really hard and the past couple months have been great," Poole told NBCSN. "So, I think it makes a strong statement for us moving forward in these playoffs and I'm excited to go next week -- I'm ready to go."

Even though he finished 5th, Cole Custer won both stages, earning him two playoff points, making him tied with Allgaier for the top spot in the playoffs.

The playoffs now move to Dover International Speedway for the Drive Sober 200.