Justin Allgaier

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Justin Allgaier
Justin Allgaier Road America 2013.jpg
Allgaier at Road America in 2013
Born (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 27)
Riverton, Illinois, U.S.
Achievements 2008 ARCA Re/MAX Series Champion
Awards 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
12 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Car no., team No. 51 (HScott Motorsports)
2013 position 62nd
Best finish 62nd (2013)
First race 2013 GEICO 400 (Chicagoland)
Last race 2014 Bojangles' Southern 500 (Darlington)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
174 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
2013 position 5th
Best finish 3rd (2011)
First race 2008 Dollar General 300 (Charlotte)
Last race 2013 Ford EcoBoost 300 (Homestead)
First win 2010 Scotts Turf Builder 300 (Bristol)
Last win 2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 84 4
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
8 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Best finish 56th (2006)
First race 2005 Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 (Milwaukee)
Last race 2008 Built Ford Tough 225 (Kentucky)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of April 12, 2014.

Justin Allgaier (born June 6, 1986, in Riverton, Illinois), is an American stock car racing driver. He competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 51 Chevrolet SS for HScott Motorsports. He was the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion and the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.

Early career[edit]

Allgaier began his racing career at the age of five in quarter midgets, and won over one hundred races and five championships.[citation needed] He began stock car racing at thirteen in the UMP Late Model Series, where he competed for three seasons. At the age of sixteen, he made his debut in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, driving the #99 Hoosier Tire Midwest/Law Automotive Chevrolet for Ken Schrader; he qualified twenty-ninth and finished seventeenth. He ran two additional races for Kerry Scherer and Bob Schacht, with a best finish of eleventh.

2003-2006[edit]

Allgaier ran additional ARCA races in 2003, making six starts in the #86 owned by his father. He had a sixth-place finish in his second start at Toledo Speedway, and later a best finish of third at Salem Speedway. The next season, he made only five starts but had a second-place at Toledo. In addition, he was a representative of the United States in the South Pacific Saloon Car Championship, where had two top-fives. In 2005, Allgaier ran seven races in ARCA, splitting time between cars owned by Wayne Hixson and Bobby Gerhart. He won his first career pole at Springfield, setting a new track record, and had four top-five finishes. He also made his NASCAR debut in the Craftsman Truck Series, making four starts in the #63 MB Motorsports/Dave Porter Ford. He failed to make five races and did not finish higher 26th. That year, he appeared on the Discovery Channel program, "Driver X: The Race For The Ride." The show's premise was Jack Roush searching for new talent to drive Roush Racing prepared vehicles in NASCAR's top 3 series.[1][2]

In 2006, Allgaier made his first full-time run in ARCA, ending 10th. He got his first career win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, becoming the first Springfield area resident to win in the 72-year history of championship auto racing at the fairgrounds. He made three more Truck races for MB and had a twenty-first place finish at Kansas Speedway. In 2007, he won his second career ARCA race at Salem and finished fourth in points. He also won two features in a midget car at Angell Park Speedway and placed 3rd in the Chili Bowl behind Tony Stewart and J. J. Yeley.

2008-present[edit]

Allgaier's 2009 Nationwide racecar

Allgaier returned for another full season in ARCA in 2008, driving for his family once again. He won six races, including the final three, and won the series championship by a slim margin. He broke Frank Kimmel's eight-year streak of winning the championship in that series. He also returned to NASCAR, finishing 21st in a Truck race at Kentucky Speedway. Later that year, Allgaier signed a contract with Roger Penske's #12 Nationwide team to run four races in the final part of the year.[3][4] His best finish in the Penske Truck Rental Dodge was eleventh at Phoenix.

Allgaier was then signed to drive the car full-time in 2009. Because of the acquisition of Penske Racing sponsor Alltel by Cellco Partners, a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone, their Sprint Cup sponsorship was legislated out of the sport by NASCAR's agreement with Sprint in that series to prohibit sponsorship by wireless telephone companies. This allowed Cellco to move the sponsorship to the Nationwide Series, where it is not prohibited, and Allgaier will race a full season with Cellco sponsorship for what will now be known as Penske Championship Racing (the name change was made to accommodate Verizon Wireless' sponsorship of the team, which is referred as Verizon Championship Racing, which encompasses all series of Penske). Allgaier won his first career pole in NASCAR at Memphis Motorsports Park. He won his first Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 20, 2010.

Allgaier at Road America in 2011, where he nearly won

Allgaier was rumored to drive the Sprint Cup Series #12 Penske Racing Dodge in 2011; however, instead Allgaier moved to Turner Motorsports for 2011, driving the No. 31 Chevrolet Impala full-time in the Nationwide Series for 2011. In the inaugural STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway after passing Carl Edwards who ran out of fuel on the last lap. Even though Allgaier ran out of fuel himself after, he was able to cross the finish line before third place Trevor Bayne to finish first. He almost won at Road America but ran out of fuel on the caution on the final lap and finished 19th.

In 2012 Allgaier returned to the renamed Turner Scott Motorsports; he passed Jacques Villeneuve on the final lap to win the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.[5]

In August 2013, it was announced that Allgaier would make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut the following month at Chicagoland Speedway, driving there and in two other races in Phoenix Racing's No. 51 Chevrolet, newly purchased by Turner Scott co-owner Harry Scott, Jr.[6] Allgaier finished 27th in his debut, and ran races for the team later in the year at Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Phoenix International Raceway.[7] He had a very solid day going at Kansas, running in the top 20 before blowing a tire and collecting Ryan Newman. he finished 39th.

In January 2014 it was announced that Allgaier would compete full-time for Rookie of the Year in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving for the now-renamed HScott Motorsports.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Allgaier is married, to Ashley, and they have one daughter.[9] Allgaier is nicknamed 'Little Gator' for his size and ferociousness behind the wheel.[10]

Images[edit]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gong Show page at Jayski.com Retrieved October 19, 2008
  2. ^ This 'Gong Show' will land winner in a ride; By Pete Iacobelli, The Associated Press; NASCAR.com Retrieved October 19, 2008
  3. ^ Jayski's Developmental driver's page
  4. ^ H&R Staff and news service reports; "Riverton driver joins Penske for Nationwide"; Decatur, IL Herald & Review; Friday, September 19, 2008; pp B-7
  5. ^ Jensen, Tom (August 18, 2012). "Allgaier Wins Shocker In Montreal". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  6. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 28, 2013). "Harry Scott Jr. completes purchase of Phoenix Racing; Justin Allgaier to drive for new team". Sporting News. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Steven B. (October 1, 2013). "Allgaier to Make Second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start at Kansas". Speedway Digest. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Justin Allgaier officially named to Phoenix Racing team, will drive No. 51 Brandt car". The State Journal-Register. Springfield, IL. January 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Allgaiers announce birth of baby girl". NASCAR. 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  10. ^ justinallgaier.com Bio page

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Frank Kimmel
ARCA Re/MAX Series champion
2008
Succeeded by
Justin Lofton
Achievements
Preceded by
Landon Cassill
NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2009
Succeeded by
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.