Rookie Justin Allgaier Learns Lessons in Iowa Newton, Iowa, (October 17, 2006) --2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie Justin Allgaier ends his season having learned many valuable lessons on and off the track. Just this past weekend, Allgaier learned...
Rookie Justin Allgaier Learns Lessons in Iowa
Newton, Iowa, (October 17, 2006) --2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie Justin Allgaier ends his season having learned many valuable lessons on and off the track. Just this past weekend, Allgaier learned how valuable each team member is and how much you really depend on your crew chief. Unfortunately, Allgaier's ARCA RE/MAX Series crew chief and veteran driver, Larry Moore lost his father-in-law and was unable to make it to the first day of practice at the new Rusty Wallace designed track. That left Allgaier and the crew of the No. 16 Auto Xpress-K&N Filters-AG Tech Chevrolet on their own getting the car through tech, practice and qualifying.
"You never really realize how valuable someone is until they are gone for a few days," Justin Allgaier said. "Honestly, I've always known how valuable Larry (Moore) is to this team and I send him and his family my deepest condolences on their loss."
Even without their crew chief, the team made a valiant effort in making needed changes to the car during practice. Despite the adjustments to the car, Allgaier spun on his first lap of qualifying. Allgaier was able to recover and placed the car in the 24th place on the starting grid for the inaugural race.
"I spun on our first attempt to make our qualifying run," Allgaier said. "Thankfully we hadn't taken the green flag yet so I was able to turn it around and go back to the start line to get a complete run. I'm not real happy where we were sitting but I knew we could make it up during the race."
At the start of the race Allgaier's plan was to get behind the wheel for a few laps then radio his crew chief the conditions so they could pit and make the adjustments. Allgaier maintained a steady increase of positions during the race finding him in the 12th position when misfortune struck. Allgaier had been running a consistent line on the track when with just over 50 laps to go competitor Blake Bjorklund got into the side of Allgaier causing night ending damage for the Rookie from Springfield, IL.
"Unfortunately, we just got caught up in someone else's mistake," Allgaier said. "We'd been running the same line for 150 laps so I'm not sure how he didn't know I was there. I'm sure he didn't mean anything but it is just so darn frustrating to see how hard these guys work and to have silly stuff happen just gets overwhelming. We were really slow and couldn't get the car set. I wasn't able to keep up on the straight-a-ways but I was able to get by them in the corner. I just want to thank all our sponsors and everyone that helped us this year. I had hoped to bring home a good finish today but the luck wasn't on our side."