Justin Allgaier continues to weigh options for the 2013 season
Competing in NASCAR competition since 2005, Justin Allgaier has had his fair share of experience in the sport.
Allgaier started his Camping World Truck Series career with the Mittler Brother’s in 2005, making four races and missing five and made three more races in 2006. In 2007, his focus was on the ARCA Series as he drove for his family owned, Allgaier Motorsports. He continued to race in that series for several years until he won the championship in 2008.
Allgaier’s talent was noticed by Penske Racing as the team hired him to run a full Nationwide Series schedule in 2009 and 2010. In NASCAR’s second tier series, he continued to run well as he finished sixth in his rookie year and fourth in his second year including a win at Bristol. But, due to a lack of sponsorship, Allgaier was sent off to become a free agent.
The Riverton, Il native was able to find another organization. He was hired by Turner Motorsports to work with Jimmy Elledge in the No. 31 Brandt Chevrolet. His first year of the team was a deemed a success as he capped off the 2011 campaign with a win at Chicago with six top five’s and 17 top ten’s, finishing third in points. Even though it was less than what he did at Penske, it was respectable for a team that ran only one race the year before.
This year hasn’t been the best for Allgaier. His only win came at a road course in Montreal which he won due to being in the right position at the right time when Jacques Villeneuve got lose as Allgaier passed him for the lead. Besides that one race, Allgaier has been the innocent victim of terrible luck.
“I’m definitely not a road course ringer, I’m not very good at road racing in general. But, we got lucky. Our year has been up and down, we never really got to the point where we felt like we had a car to win,” Allgaier said.
Even with the luck he’s experienced over the course of this season, Allgaier has continued to work with Elledge as their relationship continues to stay strong.
“Jimmy and I have a great relationship and I think the biggest thing this year has been the fact that we’ve had our fair share of bad races and not necessarily having anything to do with effort or anything that he and I have done, it’s been mostly stuff that has been out of our control,” Allgaier said. “We have a great relationship and we’re so much alike, our personalities, it makes sense to work together.”
Allgaier’s 2013 plans remain to be in question as he stated that no deal has been reached with Turner Motorsports or any other team within the sport. The 26-year old claimed that he would willingly make the move to the Sprint Cup Series if it was with the right organization as well as possibly taking a step back to the Camping World Truck Series. However, Allgaier made it clear that he prefers to stay where he is now, in a Nationwide Series car with Turner Motorsports.
“I don’t really have anything set yet. I’m trying to get it all figured out right now and hopefully I have something figured out in the next few weeks,” Allgaier said on behalf of his contract status for the 2013 season.
Allgaier has found a spot within the Turner Motorsports organization as he hopes to continue to fight for championships in the future with the help of his wife who is his number one fan and helps out on the business side of his career.
There are just a few weeks left before the 2012 season as Allgaier will likely sign a deal before the season closes out.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.
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