Daytona: Justin Allgaier preview

Allgaier Looks Forward to the New Year and Beyond With all the talk about driver age increase in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to 21-years old, there is one such driver at that prime age looking to make his move into NASCAR's premier series....

Allgaier Looks Forward to the New Year and Beyond

With all the talk about driver age increase in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to 21-years old, there is one such driver at that prime age looking to make his move into NASCAR's premier series. Justin Allgaier, who at just 21, has competed full-time for the past two seasons in the ARCA/REMAX Series hopes to make his mark this season and pick up one of those coveted spots in the NASCAR ranks. Allgaier has posted two wins, 11 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in his short two years competing full-time in the series. Allgaier is no stranger to the ARCA/REMAX Series or racing as he began building momentum in his racing career decades ago. He is a 5-time national quarter midget champion with more than 100 feature wins. At just 14-years-old, he became the youngest driver in history to advance to the main event at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And now, at 21 years old, his career is only gaining speed.

With his dirt track and open wheel past, Allgaier is quickly establishing himself as a racer's racer. He has a plethora of good finishes on ARCA short tracks and Superspeedway's. Since his first ARCA RE/MAX Series start in 2002, he has acquired two wins and top-five finishes on a diverse range of tracks, including Springfield, Toledo, Salem, Du Quoin, Kentucky and the Milwaukee Mile.You will still see Allgaier during ARCA off-weeks in his dirt late model traveling to race Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Allgaier has also competed in select NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series events in 2005 and 2006. This week Allgaier will head to the Daytona International Speedway for only his second start at the famed 2.5-mile Superspeedway. Allgaier had a disappointing qualifying run last year and started 31st but with drive and determination, the young man moved his way through the field scoring a seventh place finish.

In 2008, the ARCA RE/MAX Series will run its 45th annual race at the Daytona International Speedway. The ARCA 200 is slated for Saturday, February 9th and will run prior to the Budweiser Shootout.

Allgaier looks to bring home another solid finish this year in Daytona but knows that it's all about going out there and having fun. "Daytona is just another race for us in the season," Allgaier said. "We are definitely under budget on this team with no major corporate sponsors, so it is hard for us to come in here and press ourselves too much. We focus our time and money on the mile and 0x00bd tracks and the short tracks where we excel. 'Dega,' the car we are bringing, is a great car and I am not saying that we can't go out there and win the thing but we are more cautious and don't take the risks some of these guys do that focus everything on this one race. We have what we have and I'm going to do everything I can to stay out of trouble and get the best finish possible. My focus is to gain the attention of the NASCAR teams so that I may advance through the ranks but I am also focused on gaining a championship here in ARCA as well." "We're excited to head to Daytona. We'll have Hoosier Tire Midwest on the hood for the first time in a long time and Ag-Tech on the quarter panels. It's a brand new year, a new start, new colors and in some ways a new driver with our focus to have a fun while being competitive."

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