Justin Allgaier Reflects on Rookie Year Springfield, IL (December 7, 2006) - With the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX banquet approaching, Justin Allgaier reflects on his first full season in the series. The rookie heads to Ohio for the 54th annual ARCA RE/MAX...
Justin Allgaier Reflects on Rookie Year
Springfield, IL (December 7, 2006) - With the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX banquet approaching, Justin Allgaier reflects on his first full season in the series. The rookie heads to Ohio for the 54th annual ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship awards banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky Saturday night, December 9th. Allgaier will pickup his career first top-ten driver award in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, where he posted one win, six top-five finishes and ten top-ten finishes after competing in only 21 of the 23 races in the 2006 season.
"It has been a roller coaster ride from the beginning of the year,' Justin Allgaier said. "From not having a car for Daytona to missing the cut at Nashville we really didn't start the year off as we had hoped. As the season progressed we started steadily improving and although we had our fair share of bad luck we just kept our heads high and moved on.
Allgaier may have had some times and tribulations during his first full-time season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series but he also had many successes. After not making the Nashville event, Allgaier bounced back by starting second at both the Salem Speedway and at the Winchester Speedway where he finished 17th and 7th. Allgaier's success continued through the next several events where he finished second to friend and mentor Kenny Schrader buy mere inches. Allgaier suddenly was plagued with bad luck or mechanical failures through part of the summer but came back to put the team on the podium when he scored his first win in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at his hometown track in Springfield, IL. Although Allgaier continued to ride the coaster of unavoidable ups and downs through the late part of the season, he still posted top-five finishes at the Milwaukee Mile, and the Salem and Toledo Speedways. Allgaier heads into 2007 with undefined plans due to the ongoing search for funding.
"The win in Springfield is about the most awesome experience I had since I started racing," Allgaier said. "Winning at home in front of my family and friends will be something I will never forget.J2006 for us was a year of building, getting the right combinations on set up for the cars at each track as well as building chemistry with the crew. My '07 plans are still in the works due to the ongoing search for funding for our ARCA team as well as any other opportunities that my present themselves for a ride for another team or in another series."
The 54th annual ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship awards banquet is slated for Saturday night, December 9th at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Kentucky. The banquet is open to the public and tickets are still available. Tickets may be purchased by calling the ARCA RE/MAX Series offices at (734) 847-6726.