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Team: HScott Motorsports-51
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'6' / 125

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Justin Allgaier was touted as the top dark horse all week in Rotoworld’s NASCAR coverage and he lived up to expectations. He spent the entire 500 laps in contention to score a top-10 and ultimately finished just outside that mark in 12th for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Allgaier has now swept the top 20 in four Bristol starts. This season, he finished eighth in the spring and now 12th, which made him one of the best values at his salary cap level. Keep an eye on the No. 51 in a couple of weeks at Richmond, because that track ranks fifth among his best career average finishes. Aug 23 - 12:51 AM

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Justin Allgaier was notably quick in the morning practice session for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol. He posted a speed of 125.486 mph from laps 30 through 39.

Allgaier has been touted as this week’s top dark horse in pre-race coverage and he is living up to expectations. His average finish of 14.7 in three starts places him eighth in terms of the last six races, according to this week’s Statistically Speaking column.

Justin Allgaier has finished worse than he started in all five races this year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His most recent attempt at Charlotte Motor Speedway resulted in a loss of eight positions from 35th to 43rd.

That loss of position and another 15-spot drop at Texas Motor Speedway were the result of accidents, but Allgaier has not yet finished on the lead lap a single time on this track type. Fantasy owners will want to wait until the short, flat New Hampshire Motor Speedway before considering the No. 51.
Jul 9 - 12:19 PM

Justin Allgaier qualified 36th for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, which is his worst qualification effort of the 2015 season.

Still, Allgaier qualified on time and has not had to take a provisional all year. His previous worst qualification result was 35th at Talladega SuperSpeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. He finished 23rd and 43rd in those two races respectively.
Jun 12 - 8:44 PM

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.

Allgaier qualified in the 20s in both of last year’s races, but he could manage only the 30th-fastest lap in Friday’s time trials for the Axalta 400. It is unlikely that he will score a top-15 on Sunday. A low-20s result is indicated.
Jun 6 - 6:13 PM

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.

On a tight pit road like Dover, that is a significant penalty and it is going to have a negative impact on Johnson’s ability to win. Allgaier qualified 35th in two of his last three starts and will not feel the impact nearly as much.
May 27 - 6:06 PM

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.

At Bristol Motor Speedway, Allgaier salvaged a strong finish despite sustaining damage, but he was not as lucky last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Coke 600. He failed to finish and was credited with 43rd.
May 27 - 12:28 PM

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.

The good news is that Allgaier has qualified on time for each race on this track type. There is obvious speed under the hood and body because he finished 20th after starting 16th at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March.
May 23 - 7:59 PM

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.

Allgaier finished on the lead lap in that race with a 24th-place finish. He also went the full distance in 2014 in the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega SuperSpeedway despite sustaining damage in two separate incidents. Another mid-20s finish is the most likely outcome Sunday, but he could do a little better if he stays undamaged.
May 1 - 1:51 PM

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.

His previous-best finish at NASCAR’s top level came earlier this year when he finished 12th in the Auto Club 400. This dark horse continues to impress.
Apr 20 - 12:25 AM

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.

That is the nature of Bristol, but Allgaier had a strong qualification effort that landed him 15th on the grid. He should be able to finish in the low to mid-20s on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 11:07 AM

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.

Allgaier had a solid run going with back-to-back top-20s at Phoenix and Auto Club before last week’s Martinsville crash. Fantasy owners looking for a great bargain should give him a second look.
Apr 11 - 5:26 PM

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.

Identifying dark horses is a risky proposition, but it is necessary for winning one’s league. Keep an eye on Allgaier, but expand the parameters to include others at his level. Ultimately, finding the right sleeper requires a willingness to ride the highs and lows.
Apr 3 - 10:14 PM

Justin Allgaier completed all 1,000 laps of competition last year; he finished 23rd in the spring and was 17th in the fall.

This makes him a great alternative to some other bargain-priced drivers in salary cap games and should place him on a large number of rosters.
Mar 28 - 12:31 AM

Justin Allgaier advanced to the second round of qualification, but he wanted a little more. He crashed in that session and will qualify 21st.

His official position once qualification winds up may not matter because he has every sign of needing to go to a backup.
Mar 27 - 6:54 PM