Iowa: Justin Allgaier preview

Allgaier looks for back to back wins at Iowa For Immediate Release Newton, Iowa (April 17, 2008)-After coming off his second ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at the Salem Speedway last Sunday, Justin Allgaier is riding high on the wave of momentum this...

Allgaier looks for back to back wins at Iowa For Immediate Release Newton, Iowa (April 17, 2008)-After coming off his second ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at the Salem Speedway last Sunday, Justin Allgaier is riding high on the wave of momentum this week as he heads to the third race of the 2008 season.

Allgaier scored the first back to back wins at the Salem, Indiana track since Shelby Howard did it in 2003. He held off NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Kenny Schrader for the win after a 200 lap shootout on the 555-mile short track.

"Our main goal was to leave Salem as the leader in the points," Allgaier said. "I kept trying to figure out how to accomplish that goal. If I wouldn't have won I don't think it would have been possible. Our goal is to hold the point lead -- doesn't mean we have to win every race but we must be consistent as possible week after week. A lot of that depends on me making the right decisions behind the wheel. I still like to let it hang out there a bit though and go for the win. Most times they are the right decisions and sometimes they are not. I need to have less of the latter which I believe I've proved since my rookie year. One way or another, I like every race to be one enjoyed by the fans."

In 2007, Allgaier had an exciting battle with nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Frank Kimmel. He looked to have the veteran beat and the race won after leading 44 laps but a tire went down after he clipped the wall to avoid melee in front of him. Despite making a trip to pit road Allgaier bounced back posting a seventh place finish in the 250 lap event.

"I was having trouble turning into the corners after I clipped the wall," Allgaier said. "I did what I could to miss the wreck in front of us, but pancaked the right side a little bit. We tried to stay out thinking we could make it the rest of the way, but the car wasn't doing what we needed it to do. The only choice we had was to come in for two right-side tires. It's a shame -- we lead a lot of laps in the race and we were hoping to bring home a win. I had a lot of fun though, I enjoyed racing with Frank (Kimmel). It was all nice and clean, but with a lot of action for the fans."

Allgaier has two starts at the.875 mile paved oval Iowa Speedway owned by NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace. In his first start in 2006, he was caught up in an accident finishing a disappointing 25th place. In 2007, Allgaier rebounded for a seventh place finish.

-credit: JustinAllgaier.com.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Frank Kimmel , Shelby Howard , Justin Allgaier