The BRANDT Racing team felt secure in their chances of finishing the season in the top-five as they rounded the corner towards Championship Weekend in Homestead. Unfortunately, two incidents at Dover and Charlotte knocked the team back a spot in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings to sixth. Two weekends ago in Kansas however, Justin Allgaier and his team began their climb back in the point standings with a seventh-place finish, gaining them two points. Allgaier now sits just 12 points behind fifth-place and looks to gain more this weekend in Texas.
Welcome Aboard WinField Solutions - The No. 31 Chevy will boast a new look in Texas as BRANDT welcomes new partner WinField Solutions to the Ag Car. The Minnesota-based company offers top-performing seed and crop protection products. With unmatched agricultural expertise and performance as core company values, WinField Solutions brands match leading seed and crop protection products to help growers, dealers and other industry partners achieve the highest level of success. Their brands include CROPLAN GENETICS® seed, AgriSolutions™ crop protection products, plant nutrients and other proprietary products. The WinField Solutions paint scheme will be featured at the season-ending Homestead-Miami race as well.
Allgaier at Texas Motor Speedway - Allgaier will make his ninth start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. In eight previous starts, he owns three top-10 finishes with an average start of 15.0 and an average finish of 13.4. In the spring race at Texas, Allgaier finished seventh after starting 16th.
Home Track Advantage - Both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) and Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) teams will be at the home track of Turner Motorsports this weekend, making starts at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. The multi-series team continues to have a banner year, earning multiple wins in both the NNS and NCWTS. In 2012, across both series, owner Steve Turner boasts 10 wins, 29 top-fives, 73 top-10s and six pole awards in 153 starts. James Buescher, NCWTS regular and current points leader, notched the team’s first pole award at Texas Motor Speedway back in 2010.
This Week’s Impala - This weekend, Allgaier will drive TMS-324 in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. This car has been a workhorse for the BRANDT team, being used at both Chicagoland races (third and 11th), as well as Michigan International Speedway (14th), Texas Motor Speedway (seventh) and Auto Club Speedway (32nd).
Allgaier on returning to Texas and racing under the lights: “I really enjoy racing at Texas and I think it will be even better this weekend having our race under the lights. It’s been a while since we’ve had a night race there and I’m sure it will add an extra element of excitement for the fans. We have three races left and 12 points to make up to get back into the fifth spot in the championship points battle. I definitely think that’s something we can do on this BRANDT team. We are continuing to make strides in our mile-and-a-half program and I’m just excited about what we can do in Texas this weekend to show that. Jimmy (Elledge, crew chief) and the guys will have a fast car ready for me and I just want to bring home a good finish for them and our new partner WinField Solutions.”