Justin Allgaier and the BRANDT Racing team did just what they needed to do over the weekend in Texas, and that was erase the point deficit between them and fifth spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) point standings. It was a heads-up pit strategy call from crew chief Jimmy Elledge at the end of the race that put Allgaier in a position to score his 19th top-10 finish of the season and gain nine points on Michael Annett. Allgaier now has two races to make up the additional points needed to overtake the fifth position.
Allgaier at Phoenix - Allgaier has made eight starts at the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway and scored seven top-15 and four top-10 finishes. The Illinois-native has completed 99.9 percent of the laps he’s attempted (1603/1604) and boasts an average start of 14.9 coupled with an average finish of 11.0. In the spring race, Allgaier finished 15th after starting 13th.
Already Things Heating Up in Miami - On Monday, Allgaier joined NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. as the duo headed to Homestead-Miami area in advance of Championship Weekend. The pair did morning media and then headed to Speediatrics (Betty Jane France Children’s Emergency Center at Homestead Hospital), Air Base Elementary for a pizza party and PATCHES (a children’s day care) to meet with kids.
Look Your Best at Phoenix - When the gates open for the weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, Great Clips stylists will have their scissors in hand and will be offering free haircuts to race attendees. Just stop by the Great Clips display! Donations will be accepted with all money raised going to Project H3. Project H3 was established to provide aid for long-term, vulnerable, homeless veterans and their families. For more information see their website: http://www.azceh.org/project-h3
This Week’s Impala - This weekend, Allgaier will drive TMS-320 in the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Chassis 320 has become a BRANDT team favorite at mile tracks, having been used at the spring Phoenix race (15th), Richmond I (15th) and II (13th), Iowa I (sixth) and II (second) as well as New Hampshire (eighth).
Allgaier on heading out west to Phoenix one more time: “We didn’t exactly have the race we wanted to out here in the spring, but this track hasn’t been the same for me since the reconfiguration. I really like the way it’s been redone, but it’s certainly different. The car we’re bringing back has been a solid one for this BRANDT team. We did really well with it in Iowa and I’m hopeful it still has another solid finish in it. I feel like after last weekend in Texas, we really have some momentum on our side to be able to get back those final few points and get back up to fifth in the point standings. Besides winning another race, that’s certainly our goal. We definitely want to finish out the season strong!”