ARCA AND ALLGAIER BACK IN BERLIN Marne, Michigan (July 6, 2007) -- After almost a three-week hiatus, Justin Allgaier is ready to climb back into his No. 16 ARCA RE/MAX Series car and head to the Berlin Speedway in Marne, Michigan for the running...
ARCA AND ALLGAIER BACK IN BERLIN
Marne, Michigan (July 6, 2007) -- After almost a three-week hiatus, Justin Allgaier is ready to climb back into his No. 16 ARCA RE/MAX Series car and head to the Berlin Speedway in Marne, Michigan for the running of the Request Foods-GFS 200.
Allgaier has one previous start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the famed 7/16-mile short track near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Last July, Allgaier qualified in the fourth place position on the starting grid and looked to have a solid second place finish when he clipped the wall off of turn-four forcing him to come down pit road under caution and change a right rear tire. Allgaier returned to the track with only 20 laps remaining and managed to battle back into the top-ten, finishing in the ninth position.
"Berlin fits my driving style," Allgaier said. "It is slow and slick and it reminds me of driving a late model. It is a true grassroots racing facility and I enjoy that. I'm happy to be back in the ARCA car. We've had a few weeks off after the long string of races which was nice to spend time with my family, but I'm ready to take on the second half of the season."
The midway point of the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season will be at the halfway mark or lap 100 in the 200-lap, 88-mile event Saturday night. Allgaier, who had been battling for the Championship Points lead, dropped back to the fourth position after a tough day in the last race in Michigan June 15.
"Honestly, we were just fine until we started thinking about where we were in points," Allgaier said. "It's hard not to think about it, but during the break we discussed it and we are going back to where we started out from the beginning of the season. Our philosophy then and now is that we need to race our own race, try to avoid incidents on the race track and just finish to the best of our ability. If we do our job right then the points will be there at the end. Yes, the thoughts of being a champion are always in the background, but I think it gets to some of these guys too much and they start doing things on the track that they normally wouldn't do. It is just hitting halfway into the season and we have a long way to go before a champion is crowned."