Prepared to turn things around after the previous weekend at Bristol, the BRANDT team went to work at the very fast, 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. With the call of the night, crew chief Jimmy Elledge kept Justin Allgaier out on the track under a long, green-flag run in the waning laps of the 195-lap race. A timely caution allowed Allgaier to come to the attention of his team for new tires and fuel. He went on to score a fifth-place finish, his sixth top-five of the season.
Allgaier at Richmond - Allgaier will make his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. In seven previous starts, he has scored one top-five and three top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.3 and an average finish of 14.3. Allgaier’s highest finish of third came in 2011 and he scored a 15th-place finish at Richmond in the spring.
Come See Me - Allgaier will make two public appearances during the race weekend in Richmond. He will join fellow NNS drivers for an autograph session on Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the amphitheater behind the Commonwealth Tower. Immediately following that, Allgaier will join teammate Brad Sweet and fellow Chevy driver Danica Patrick at the Chevy display for a Q&A session.
Making Moves at Short Tracks - In the past 10 races at tracks measuring a mile or less, Allgaier is ranked second among his NNS peers in points scored with 376. The former ARCA champion boasts one win (Bristol, 2010), four top-fives, eight top-10s and 31 laps led, as well as an average start of 12.2 and average finish of 7.4 in those 10 races.
This Week’s Impala - This weekend, Allgaier will drive TMS-320 in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This car was raced at just over a month ago at Iowa Speedway, where Allgaier scored a runner-up finish after leading 101 of 250 laps.
Allgaier on heading back to Richmond: “Our race at Richmond in the spring was definitely not up to the expectations we have every week and so we are excited to get back there and improve on it. I think we learned a lot from the spring race that we can use this weekend. After these past few weekends, we’ve kind of reassessed things as a team. We are in a position now where we can take a few more chances like Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) did last weekend at Atlanta. We just want to win more races and get this BRANDT team back in victory lane and I think we have a great shot at that this weekend in Richmond.”