Allgaier Set to Make Cup Debut
Posted on: September 16, 2013
Justin Allgaier will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut on Sunday, September 15 in the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Allgaier will drive the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet SS for Phoenix Racing, in what is also the team’s debut race under the ownership of Harry Scott Jr.
Scott, a South Carolina businessman and co-owner of Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), purchased Phoenix Racing from James Finch earlier this month. Allgaier, 27, is a native of Riverton, Ill, and drives for TSM in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Allgaier’s current NNS sponsor BRANDT will be the primary sponsor on the No. 51 Chevrolet this weekend at Chicagoland. BRANDT will also sponsor the No. 51 car at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, with Allgaier behind the wheel for both races.
“Making my first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a dream come true,” said Allgaier. “I’ve been working towards this goal for 22 years, and I am so excited that it’s finally time to make it happen. It’s made even more special since it’s my home track and that I’m racing for Harry Scott Jr. with the support of BRANDT. The people at BRANDT have become family to me and I intend to make them very proud.”
“We (BRANDT) are very excited to partner with Phoenix Racing and Justin Allgaier,” said BRANDT CEO Rick Brandt. “It’s great to be on the 51 car and making our Cup debut at our home track, Chicagoland Speedway. We will have about 500 of our BRANDT customers, employees and industry partners at the track on Sunday for the big day. It’s also great to see Justin, a guy from our hometown, get the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”
“Justin is a great driver and he has a lot of experience in the Nationwide Series,” said Scott. “I’ve been able to watch his talent develop at Turner Scott Motorsports and I know that he is ready to compete against the best drivers in the world in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. We are especially excited at Phoenix Racing to have the support of BRANDT this season.”
Allgaier is no stranger to his home track of Chicagoland. He has three starts there in the ARCA Racing Series (2006-2008) and seven starts in NNS, including one win that came in the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet in the summer of 2011. Allgaier will continue to drive the No. 31 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet Camaro for TSM in the NNS. BRANDT Professional Agriculture, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, originated in Pleasant Plains, Ill., just a few miles from Allgaier’s hometown of Riverton. Today, BRANDT is located in Springfield, Ill.
Phoenix Racing is based out of Spartanburg, S.C. and is managed by Steve Barkdoll. Third year crew chief Nick Harrison will be atop the pit box for Allgaier’s three NSCS starts.