Spin No Win for Allgaier in Nashville Lebanon, TN (August 10, 2008)-Justin Allgaier had the dominant car in Saturday's running of the Toyota 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway. Allgaier piloting the No. 16 CARFAX ...
Spin No Win for Allgaier in Nashville
Lebanon, TN (August 10, 2008)-Justin Allgaier had the dominant car in Saturday's running of the Toyota 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway. Allgaier piloting the No. 16 CARFAX Chevrolet for Venturini Motorsports and NASCAR Nationwide Series team, CJM Racing, was fast from the time the car unloaded. Allgaier carried that speed into qualifying where Allgaier posted a time of 29.592 seconds at a speed of 162.165 mph placing the car in the fourth place position for the 150-mile, 113-lap race.
Allgaier advanced two positions before the caution flag flew for the second time on lap two. He reported reporting that the car was becoming free on acceleration so until his pit window Allgaier just maintained even letting eventual race winner Scott Speed by holding in the third place position.
Allgaier was becoming aero tight behind Speed so he retook the position and then the lead on lap 52. The Venturini Motorsports/CJM Racing Chevrolet started to move out away from the field when the next caution came out on lap 55. The team was ready, giving Allgaier a fast service spot putting him back out on the track in the second place position for the restart on lap 59
Allgaier continued to race in the second place position but knew he needed to take care of his car for the last few lap dash to the finish. Allgaier's spotter reported that the third place position was catching quickly and that the No. 01 in the lead was slowing him down. Allgaier set the pass up clearing the car and regained the lead on lap 97 checking out from the rest of the field.
Allgaier looked to be the one in winners circle until a caution on lap 107 with just three laps remaining in the race until the caution came out bunching the pack back together for the restart. When the green flag dropped the No. 01 car jumped the start getting the back of Allgaier sending him into a spin on the front stretch. He was able to continue loosing positions but determined as to regain them finishing in the eighth place.
"We had a great car all day," Allgaier said. "We conserved our tires for that last run and were really checking out until that caution came out. I'm not really sure what happened on the restart, the 01 had been jumping the start all night and this time connected well enough to turn me. I was thankful I could recover and had enough time to at least bring home a top-10 finish for Venturini Motorsports, CJM Racing and CARFAX. I have to thank all of them for the opportunity to drive for them in Nashville. It wasn't the result we had hoped for but they knew we were here today."
The ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend, Allgaier's hometown track and the site of his career first ARCA RE/MAX Series Victory.