Kansas: Justin Allgaier race report

ALLGAIER CONSISTANT AT KANSAS WITH FOURTH TOP-10 FINISH Kansas City, KS (April 30, 2007)-After five races in the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series, Justin Allgaier leaves the Kansas Speedway with his fourth top-10 finish. Allgaier has been on a roll...

ALLGAIER CONSISTANT AT KANSAS WITH FOURTH TOP-10 FINISH

Kansas City, KS (April 30, 2007)-After five races in the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series, Justin Allgaier leaves the Kansas Speedway with his fourth top-10 finish. Allgaier has been on a roll since he was the second runner up to NASCAR Nextel Cup regular JJ Yeley and Two-Time Cup Champion Tony Stewart at the Chili Bowl in January. The young driver has finished between fourth and 11th in all five of the ARCA races and once again maintained his streak by crossing the checkered flags in the eighth place position in the rain delayed Kansas Lottery $150 Grand Friday, April 27.

Allgaier placed his No. 16 AG Tech-Trashman-Hoosier Midwest Chevrolet in the 14th place for the 100 lap event after posting a time of 32.405 seconds at a speed of 166.641 mph. Heavy rain fell at the track Friday and delayed the race by two hours leaving the teams anxious to see how their cars would handle on the 'green' race track.

The first 15 laps of the race were run under caution to complete the track drying process, but when the green flag finally flew, Allgaier shined -- moving his way through the pack during the long green flag runs. The leaders started to make green-flag pit stops and were close to completing the sequence when the yellow flew, catching many cars a lap down. At the restart, Allgaier who happened to be the last car on the lead lap, managed to stay out in front of the leaders when another caution flag flew keeping Allgaier from going a lap down. He would restart in the eighth position where he remained until he took the checkered flag.

"What an awesome night," Allgaier said. "We haven't had the greatest luck here in Kansas and this is actually the first time that this car, Louie, is going home without any damage. In fact, this car hasn't been run since this race last year where I pretty much destroyed it after only four laps. I over-drove it last year, but I learned enough from it that I could come back this year and capitalize on that lesson. I'm so happy to have some good luck but I don't want to be over confident because as good as a streak can be, it can all change in just one race. We know there are some racetracks that don't suit the race cars and equipment that we have, so we may run into trouble there; but we're just hoping for a solid, consistent season. I'd love nothing more then to get the notice of a corporate sponsor and some of those Nextel Cup team owners. It would be great to have them come by and say, 'I want you to drive my car' but until then I just have to run the best I can every week."

Allgaier increased his points lead over Eight-Time ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion, Frank Kimmel, to 95 points as the series heads to the Winchester Speedway for the Winchester ARCA 200 Sunday, May 6. The .5-mile high-banked paved oval is located in Winchester, Indiana.

-credit: sv/ja

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Series ARCA
Drivers Tony Stewart , Frank Kimmel , Justin Allgaier