Last Lap Spin Sends Allgaier Home Twenty-Second Not Second at DuQuoin DuQuoin IL (September 5, 2007)-Justin Allgaier looked to bring home his second top-five finish of the weekend Monday after finishing fourth in Friday night's Gateway ARCA 150...
Last Lap Spin Sends Allgaier Home Twenty-Second Not Second at DuQuoin
DuQuoin IL (September 5, 2007)-Justin Allgaier looked to bring home his second top-five finish of the weekend Monday after finishing fourth in Friday night's Gateway ARCA 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Gateway International Speedway. But that view diminished when Allgaier spun his No. 16 Allgaier Motorsports Chevrolet ARCA car on the last turn, in the last corner of the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt track. Allgaier was on the inside looking to take the second position away heading to the checkered flag when he spun finishing 22nd in the Southern Illinois 100 ARCA RE/MAX Series race.
Allgaier qualified the No. 16 Chevrolet ARCA RE/MAX Series in the sixth place position on the starting grid with a time of 34.981 seconds at a speed of 102.913 mph for the Labor Day 100 lap race. >From the start, Allgaier made his mark by moving from his sixth place position to have the lead into turn one but was penalized for jumping the start making the young driver go back to his original position. Determination and talent brought Allgaier to the lead by lap 20 when the leader pitted and he took the spot holding the lead until his pit cycle on lap 37.
Allgaier pitted on a different lap then the leaders putting him far back in the field for the restart. Allgaier raced his way back through the field and with fifteen to go, made the pass by Josh Richardson for the third place position when in the final laps disaster struck. Going on the inside in turns three and four, Allgaier used the breaks to keep the car from pushing up the racetrack and into the other competitor and spun watching the pack cross the start/finish line for the end of the race. Allgaier righted the car and crossed the line in the 22nd place finish.
"We really had a great car today," Allgaier said. "We were running really well and then I spun. I hated watching all those cars cross the line while I was just up there running second. The car had a little push in it and I turned it in too much with the breaks so not to go up the track and into the car next to me. It was a lot of fun, the competition was great all day and I'm sure it was an exciting race for the fans on this dirt track."
"Everyone was slipping and sliding the first part of race," Allgaier said. "It was slick but I had pretty good grip. Everyone else seemed to hug the bottom but I was able to run up top as well. We are looking forward to some good finishes these last three races hopefully keeping us in the top-five in owner points."
Mike Allgaier, the car owner, sits 120 points from fourth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series Owner's Championship points standing but is just 10 points ahead of the fifth place position going into the final three events of the 2007 season.