Justin Allgaier showed steady improvement last year at Pocono Raceway. He finished 27th in June and was 16th in August, which leaves fantasy owners wondering if this trend will continue.
Jimmie Johnson and Justin Allgaier have received P1 penalties from NASCAR for taking too many passes through the inspection line during the All-star and Coke 600 weekends. No matter how well they qualify at Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400, they will have the last two pit stall selections.
Justin Allgaier simply needs a clean race this week at Dover International Speedway. He has been involved in at least six accidents in his last seven starts; two of these came at Martinsville Speedway in the STP 500, which leaves two incident-free events.
In his last three attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Justin Allgaier qualified in the mid-20s each time before slipping into the 30s. This week for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway he seeks to reverse his fortune and finish in the 20s after starting 35th.
Justin Allgaier has made six attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways from 2013 through this year’s Daytona 500. The only time he had an incident-free race was in his first start in the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500.
Justin Allgaier spent approximately 75 of the 511 laps that made up the Food City 500 inside the top 10 and he was there when it mattered most. He earned his first career Cup top-10 with an eighth on the bullring.
It has been a tale of two practices for Justin Allgaier so far at Bristol Motor Speedway. He posted the third-quickest 10-lap average during Friday’s practice with a speed of 123.107 mph; 17 drivers ran 10 or more laps in that session. Allgaier had roughly the same speed in Saturday morning’s session with a 123.209 mph 10-lap average, but with more drivers working on race trim he slipped to 29th of 38 on the grid.
If two starts last year are an indication, Justin Allgaier could be one of this week’s best dark horses. He finished 24th in the spring event and was 20th last fall at Texas Motor Speedway.
Justin Allgaier was one of the top performers at his salary cap level in back-to-back races at Phoenix and Auto Club; he finished 18th and 12th in those events respectively. Crash damage at Martinsville sent him home 42nd and may stall his momentum.
Justin Allgaier completed all 1,000 laps of competition last year; he finished 23rd in the spring and was 17th in the fall.
Justin Allgaier advanced to the second round of qualification, but he wanted a little more. He crashed in that session and will qualify 21st.
Qualification continues to be one of the most important factors in who will run well on a given weekend now that NASCAR has implemented new time trial procedures made up of multiple laps. In the Auto Club 400, no driver who started 25th or worse managed to crack the top 10 in the final rundown.
Justin Allgaier is coming off his best finish of 2015 after crossing under the checkers 18th at Phoenix. He hopes to keep that momentum alive.
Justin Allgaier's No. 51 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection March 8 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.