Daytona: Justin Allgaier race report

Powerful passenger aides Allgaier in miraculous day at Daytona Daytona Beach, FL (February 12, 2007) -Drivers rely on a lot of things to prepare for the first race of the season at the Daytona International Speedway; from the body guys and the...

Powerful passenger aides Allgaier in miraculous day at Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (February 12, 2007) -Drivers rely on a lot of things to prepare for the first race of the season at the Daytona International Speedway; from the body guys and the engine builders to their crews and crew chiefs. ARCA RE/MAX driver Justin Allgaier relied on all of these things and with the recent passing of his grandfather Bud Allgaier felt he had a special hand seeing him to a top-10 finish in his first start at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Allgaier, who started in the 31st position in Saturday's ARCA 200, spun after locking up the brakes to avoid the crash during the first caution of the 80 lap event forcing him to pit early to fix a flat tire.

"The brakes were a little bit more sensitive here then at Talladega," Allgaier said. "I got on them a bit too hard which caused me to spin. I knew my Grandpa Bud was with me when I was going 130 mph backwards while seeing the No. 7 car in my direct path. I think my heart is still in my throat."

Allgaier brought his No. 16 Chevrolet Monte Carlo to pit lane before the pits were open sending him to the tail end of the longest line for the restart. Regaining his composure, Allgaier worked the draft to his favor advancing his position during the remainder of the race.

Allgaier managed to avoid numerous on track incidents during the remaining laps taking the checkered flag in the seventh position.

"I really believe my Grandpa Bud was beside me," Allgaier said. "I was caught three-wide at times and somehow by the skin of my teeth was able to avoid the numerous crashes on the track. It was always my grandfather's dream to watch me run at the Daytona International Speedway and I'm happy he was here with us this week in spirit. He is missed tremendously and I dedicate this finish to him."

Allgaier plans on attending the rest of speed weeks as he hopes to find a ride in one of NASCAR's premier series but will be back on track with the ARCA RE/MAX Series for event two at the USA International Speedway Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading 250 March 24, 2007.

-credit: am

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Allgaier