Pocono: Justin Allgaier race report

Transmission Problems Don't Shift Allgaier's Day at Pocono Long Pond, PA (June 11, 2007) -Transmission problems don't shift Justin Allgaier's day at the Pocono Raceway Saturday evening in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race, when he brought home an...

Transmission Problems Don't Shift Allgaier's Day at Pocono

Long Pond, PA (June 11, 2007) -Transmission problems don't shift Justin Allgaier's day at the Pocono Raceway Saturday evening in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race, when he brought home an eight place finish and his sixth top-10 finish of the 2007 season.

Allgaier broke a transmission while making his qualifying lap of 55.773 seconds at a speed of 161.368 mph which placed him in the 14th position on the grid for the race. Due to changing the broken transmission after qualifying, the team had to move to the rear of the field for the start of the race losing a lot of track position. Allgaier was confident though that the No. 16 Allgaier Racing Chevrolet was fast enough to advance through the field in the 80 lap race at the 2.5-mile paved triangle in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Manage he did, passing his way through the field and staying out on the track during a caution advancing his position. He managed to maintain running in the top-12 even though he had been radioing in mechanical issues to crew chief Larry Moore. But in Allgaier style, he persevered fiercely battling eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion, Frank Kimmel. The number one and two in championship points battled for the seventh place position until the end of the race, but Allgaier just couldn't get what he needed in the corners giving up the spot, bringing home an eight place finish at the Pocono Raceway.

We had our transmission brake during our qualifying run so we had to rent one for the race," Allgaier said. "I just felt like I hit the rev-limiter too soon. Frank (Kimmel) and my car were pretty equal -- I could catch him on the straight-away but I hit the chip too soon going into the corners. The car was great on long runs because everyone else equaled out to what the car was running. When we all had new tires and stuff, they would just get me. Later in the run, we became equal in times again. It was a little frustrating but we still had an awesome finish in the car."

Allgaier has a busy week ahead. He'll first hit the I-55 Speedway in Pevely, Mo to race his 1A Law Automotive Dirt Late Model and his No. 86 Ethanol Performs Illinois Corn Marketing Board Midget car Wednesday night before joining the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Michigan International Speedway for the ARCA 200 Friday, June 15.

-credit: ar

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Justin Allgaier