Lakeland: Justin Allgaier preview

ALLGAIER READY TO RACE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE Lakeland, FL (March 21, 2007)- After a six week break, the ARCA RE/MAX Series is finally back in action as they return to the Sunshine State for the second race of the 23 race schedule. Justin...

ALLGAIER READY TO RACE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE

Lakeland, FL (March 21, 2007)- After a six week break, the ARCA RE/MAX Series is finally back in action as they return to the Sunshine State for the second race of the 23 race schedule. Justin Allgaier couldn't be happier to be back behind the wheel of his No. 16 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the inaugural running of the Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading 250 at the USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida.

Allgaier, in his sophomore year in the series, hopes to bring the momentum back, which the team left Daytona with in early February. The young driver had a career first when he took to the famous Daytona International Speedway February 10, 2007 for the ARCA RE/MAX Series race where he started in the 31st position on the grid. Allgaier wasn't satisfied with his start and worked his way through the pack to bring home an exceptional seventh place finish.

This week Allgaier and the team head back to Florida for some short track action on the 3/4-mile banked racetrack in Lakeland. Allgaier seems to excel on short tracks and expressed excitement when talking about the track.

"I went and watched a race there when I was in Orlando for the PRI (Performance Racing Industry) Show," Allgaier said. "The track itself has an interesting configuration and the banking reminds me of Martinsville; long straights and short corners. I really enjoy short track racing and I'm looking forward to hopping behind the wheel to see what we can do there. I would like to come back after all this time off and bring home a solid top-10 finish or a win."

Although there is no primary sponsor for the team, Allgaier will have a special decal on the car for his friend Leroy "The Trashman" Donley who recently passed away. Also onboard the No. 16 Chevrolet Monte Carlo will be Ag Tech and the US Air Force.

Although Allgaier had plenty to do during the off weeks from building and decaling cars to celebrating his first wedding anniversary, he would rather be on a race track. Allgaier, like many other drivers, doesn't care for the lengthy down time between races at the beginning of the race schedule.

"Every year we start the year out so strong by running at Daytona and then we have several weeks between our next events," Allgaier said. "I don't care for these long breaks because it is actually more demanding on you. It gives you too much time to second guess everything. You find yourself questioning things and making changes that you might not otherwise made when you have a short turnaround between events. I'm ready to go racing and see where we stack up with the competition."

Allgaier hopes to keep ahead of the competition and sits in the seventh place position in point standings after only one race.

-credit: am

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