Allgaier Scores Second Win at Salem Speedway
Salem, Indiana (April 13, 2008) -off web Justin Allgaier dodging rain drops on a dreary Indiana day scored his second victory at the Salem Speedway Sunday in the running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Auto Parts ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Allgaier who started in the third place position battled with pole sitter, mentor and friend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kenny Schrader in the 200 lap, 111 mile event.
Allgaier had a bit of misfortune that sent him to the rear of the field while running second on lap 103. The No. 16 AG Tech-Hoosier Midwest-Simpson Safety Chevrolet stalled during the caution forcing Allgaier to come down pit road to check out the car and to take on two fresh Hoosier Tires. Allgaier (21) moved his way back through the field but pitted again with the rest of the leaders on lap 120 moving back into the second position chasing Schrader for the lead. Schrader got pinned in traffic allowing Allgaier to make his move for the lead on lap 169, one he would not relinquish.
With multiple cautions on the track and Allgaier out of tires, he stayed out in the lead where his mentor Schrader made one last stop to take on two right-side tires. Schrader moved through the pack within five laps to be back on the heels of Allgaier looking for the win.
It was all about Allgaier though as he was able to hold off the NASCAR veteran on the multiple restarts taking the checkered flag for the second time at the Salem Speedway. This is the first back to back victory at the Salem Speedway since Shelby Howard in 2003. This is Allgaier's third career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory (Salem 2007, 2008 -- Springfield 2006)
"Wow, that fun," Justin Allgaier said. "Kenny (Schrader) and I battled all night; I must have followed him for 150 laps. We were out of tires with 20 to go and he pitted to get his last set and within 5 laps he was right on my bumper again. He was fast but he just couldn't get the run on me."
"I had a lot of respect for Shelby Howard in the ARCA Series. He just beat me as the youngest driver to start an ARCA race. He had his first win and back to back wins here at Salem Speedway. Being able to tie that record today, of back to back wins, the first time since 2003 is really something."
"This really gives us a lot of momentum heading into Iowa next week. I like that track. We finished seventh last year and I think we may have something for them there as well. I have to thank my family and all these guys that come out here with us. We may not have the largest team or the most money but they sure know what to do to get us up front. A second in Daytona and a win tonight is just what we need to keep the pace into the rest of the ARCA RE/MAX season."
Allgaier has gained the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points lead over 9-Time Series Champion Frank Kimmel by 35 points heading into the third race of the season this week at the Iowa Speedway.