Winchester, IN (May 7, 2007) - After a wild weekend, Justin Allgaier left the Winchester Speedway overheating and out of leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points after a disappointing 29th place finish in the Winchester ARCA 200, Sunday...
Winchester, IN (May 7, 2007) - After a wild weekend, Justin Allgaier left the Winchester Speedway overheating and out of leading the ARCA RE/MAX Series Championship points after a disappointing 29th place finish in the Winchester ARCA 200, Sunday May 6, 2007. Allgaier came into the sixth race of the 23 race 2007 season with a 95 point lead now trails eight-time ARCA RE/MAX Champion Frank Kimmel by 45 points.
The start of Allgaier's weekend at the half-mile banked oval race track started off well as he posted the third fastest time in practice at 16.745 seconds at a speed of 107. 495 mph. Bad luck hit when Allgaier spun the No. 16 Monte Carlo coming off the corner during qualifying putting him in the 20th place position on the starting grid. After the spin and nicking the exterior wall, the team, led by Larry Moore, made some adjustments after the cars were impounded sending Allgaier to the rear of the field for the start of the race.
"I locked up the brakes going into the corner, spun and clipped the wall just a little on my qualifying run," Allgaier said. "We didn't tear up the car but we had a little right front damage we needed to fix, which got us in the back to begin with. It seems when you are in the back it is easier to get into something on the track and well we did."
Allgaier pitted during an early caution in the race for minor adjustments, tires and fuel and was running times comparative to the leader as he worked his way through the pack. He became a victim of circumstance when another competitor locked up his breaks trying to avoid a crash when Allgaier tapped into the back of his car. The damage seemed minimal and the team decided not to pit but came in during the next caution period when the car began running hot. The pit crew pulled back the duct work on the front of the car to allow for air flow and went back out not wanting to loose a lap to the leaders. Allgaier started overheating just as the caution flag waved again allowing him hit pit road and evaluate the problem. But it had been too late; the overheating took its toll putting Allgaier out of the race on lap 45.
"We had hoped that when we tapped the back of him that we had just cut off the airflow to the radiator," Allgaier said. "So the guys pulled back the ductwork. We were in danger of going a lap down and so it was a quick decision. We couldn't have fixed it under the yellow and as fast as the car was, we wanted to get the best finish as we could. Either way we had the possibility of overheating. It's just one of those bad days. We knew we had it coming, when we came to Daytona we weren't leading the points, we raced our way there, when were tied with Frank (Kimmel) in points he had a bad day and lost it in Salem, and today we had our bad day and lost the lead. Again, there are many races still left to run and we aren't finished yet. We are going to have up and down days but we will take it as it comes and do the best we can to regain the lead next week in Kentucky."