Berlin: Justin Allgaier race report

ALLGAIER SATISFIED WITH TOP-FIVE IN BERLIN Marne, Michigan (July 9, 2007) -Justin Allgaier went to the Berlin Raceway looking for a solid finish after a disappointing run last month during the ARCA RE/MAX Series race in Michigan. Allgaier ...

ALLGAIER SATISFIED WITH TOP-FIVE IN BERLIN

Marne, Michigan (July 9, 2007) -Justin Allgaier went to the Berlin Raceway looking for a solid finish after a disappointing run last month during the ARCA RE/MAX Series race in Michigan. Allgaier accomplished his goal after placing fifth in the Request Foods-GFS 200 Saturday evening. Allgaier also qualified his No. 16 Chevrolet in the fifth position after posting a time of 17.867 seconds at a speed of 88.252 mph at the 7/16 mile paved oval in Marne, Michigan.

Allgaier used pit strategy to take the point position on lap 67 of the 200 lap event when the leaders pitted and he stayed on the track. He held that lead for 26 laps until the leaders, with fresher tires, made it back through traffic. Allgaier pitted for his only planned stop on lap 121 while in the fourth place position. The Allgaier Motorsports team lead by Larry Moore, put on four scuffed Hoosier tires and headed back out to the track hoping to battle for the win. But the tires had already run a heat cycle during practice and Allgaier noted that they were not as aggressive, so the team decided that they would need to pit again to put on sticker tires. When a caution came with 25 laps remaining, Allgaier headed into the pits to get four fresh tires. Back on the track, he picked off spots in traffic advancing to the fifth position. Although Allgaier's Chevrolet was fast, time ran out when the last restart came on lap 199. Allgaier crossed the checkers on lap 200 in the fifth position scoring his second top-five finish of the 2007 season.

"I'm not disappointed at all with our finish in Berlin," Allgaier said. "The car was a little tight in practice and we made some changes for qualifying which seemed to help. We had hoped to stay up in the lead longer but we knew we needed to get fresh tires to compete with the guys who had pitted early in the race. I'm not sure if it was because they had already run a heat cycle or if the stager was off a bit, but I just wasn't happy with that set. We had to wait for a caution and only had 25 laps remaining when we put the sticker set on. The car was fast so we were able to make up just about all the spots we lost. If it would have been a green/white/checkered finish, I think we had a car good enough to finish third, but when they threw the green and the white flag together, we just couldn't get there in that short of time. We had a great car all night and accomplished what we set out to do; race our race and finish with a solid top-five."

Allgaier is now tied with Dexter Bean for the fourth place position in the 2007 championship point's battle 195 points out of the lead, 65 points out of second and just ten points out of the third place position.

-credit: ja/sv

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Allgaier , Dexter Bean