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.
Justin Allgaier will attempt to earn his fourth consecutive top-20 finish on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track this week. He finished 15th and 20th at Charlotte and Texas last fall, and then followed that up with a 20th at Atlanta last week.
Justin Allgaier progressively improved last year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and he looks to continue in 2015. It took nine attempts before he finished on the lead lap, but once he did he went the full distance at both Charlotte and Texas.
Justin Allgaier will be back behind the wheel of Harry Scott’s No. 51 in 2015 and this team should continue to be considered one of the better values at their level in most fantasy games.
Auto-Owners Insurance will continue its relationship with the No. 51 Chevrolet SS driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Kyle Larson, Justin Allgaier, and Austin Dillon were all lined up in the Saturday morning practice session for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k. Larson had the 12th-quickest 10-lap average with Allgaier 13th, and Dillon 14th.