Well folks, there’s a new member to the NASCAR family as of 7:18 a.m. on Thursday.
Justin Allgaier and wife, Ashley Allgaier, welcomed their baby girl into the world this morning. The name of the baby girl is Harper Grace Allgaier and she is as adorable as it gets.
— Ashley Allgaier (@AshleyAllgaier) August 8, 2013
Allgaier has been racing in NASCAR competition since 2005, starting his career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with the Mittler Brothers who have notably given chances to Carl Edwards, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jamie McMurray, Mike Wallace, Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski and more. However, Allgaier got his start in professional stock car racing at the ripe age of 16 in 2002 with a few small ARCA Series teams. He drove for his family owned team, Allgaier Motorsports, from 2003-2008 and won the championship in that series in 2008. His ARCA Series career elevated him to race in NASCAR on a full-time basis with Penske Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
It took Allgaier a while to get adjusted to racing the bigger, more powerful cars, yet he has turned himself into quite the talent. Over the past six years, Allgaier has won three times in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Bristol, Chicagoland and Montreal. In his five full-time seasons in NASCAR, Allgaier has been a prominent driver as he’s been involved in the championship battle every year. Unfortunately, for some crazy reason, he hasn’t gotten the call to make the jump up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series even though he’s clearly one of, if not the most consistent young driver on the circuit.
There are rumors spreading around that Allgaier may be moving up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the next few weeks depending on if his team’s co-owner, Harry Scott Jr., buys out Phoenix Racing. If he did, Allgaier may just end up in that seat. However, Allgaier and Scott neither confirmed nor denied that there have been talks about going to NASCAR’s top level, let alone buying out Phoenix Racing.
Allgaier, 27, needs to make a decision soon though. With a sponsor that backs him fully in Brandt, he can leave Turner-Scott Motorsports if he opts to do so and they’ll go with him. It’s one of the few sponsors in the sport that has a deal with the driver, not the team itself. Basically, Allgaier deserves a chance and it’s time he gets the opportunity to showcase his talent.
Turner-Scott Motorsports has too much going on within the organization (three full-time Nationwide Series teams, one part-time Nationwide Series team and three full-time Camping World Truck Series times, one part-time Truck team as well) and they can’t support Allgaier with what he needs to win.
Welcoming a baby girl into the sport should give Allgaier confidence heading into the final months of the season. The series is entering the road course of Watkins Glen this weekend, which is surely a welcoming sight for Allgaier. He finished second at the road course in Road America earlier in the year and finished ninth at the Glen last year. He’s been one of the most consistent drivers on the road courses over the past few years and is currently seventh in points. We would like to congratulate the Allgaier’s on the birth of their baby girl and wish them the best of luck.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.