SPRINGFIELD, IL (August 22, 2005) – Legions of loyal fans always flock to the Illinois State Fairgrounds to watch their hometown boy, Justin Allgaier, when the ARCA RE/MAX Series returns each year during the State Fair, for the “Allen Crowe Memorial 100” . This year, the Allgaier Motorsports’ seating sections of M&N roared as 19-year-old Allgaier clicked off the best ARCA qualifying lap ever at the one-mile, Track Enterprises promoted dirt facility and a new track record was announced. An average speed of 107.710 mph was strong enough for the teen to earn his first ARCA “Pork Pole” Qualifying Award and new track record honors. Bob Hill held the previous record for ten years (August 1995) with an average speed of 107.315 mph.
“I knew our car was fast,” stated Allgaier after qualifying. “I told (crew chief) Larry [Moore] after practice, if you leave the car just as it is, I promise I can pick up even more time. It has been a long time coming to get this pole. We usually qualify well but running on a limited schedule and budget against tough competition, we were never on top until today. I wouldn’t want my first one to come anywhere but here. Being my hometown, having all of our fans and family here and being on dirt means a lot to me. I first started my racing career at the smallest track Bob Sargent (Track Enterprises president) promotes and now I hold the track record at one of the largest he operates. It’s a great sense of accomplishment.”
Allgaier consistently ran in the top-5 during the event other than rallying back through the field after a mandatory pit stop relegated him to restarting in 30th place. He piloted the family-owned Allgaier Motorsports’ Hoosier Tire Midwest/U.S. Air Force/AG Tech LLC/TRASHMAN #7 Pontiac back to the front and was in pursuit of 5-time event winner Frank Kimmel, when the checkers fell. Following Kimmel and Allgaier to the stripe were veterans Joe Cooksey, Mark Gibson and Bill Eversole.
“Frank is great at both dirt tracks so to even be in the hunt with him is a good feeling,” noted Allgaier. “We had a good car though. I can’t say I’m totally happy since we didn’t bring home a win but the crew did a great job and we’ll hopefully be able to pick things right back up at DuQuoin.”
The Allgaier Motorsports team will pull out the #2 for Toledo Speedway’s “Hantz Group 200” on September 2nd. Allgaier’s career best finishes to date of second place came last year at Toledo and now tied at the Springfield Mile. The team will then revert to the #7 for the final one-mile dirt track at the DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds on September 5th. Seating in the “Justin Allgaier Motorsports Section” will again be made available for friends, family and fans at DuQuoin via Track Enterprises. Tickets are available by contacting Shawn at Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 or http://www.trackenterprises.com
Justin Allgaier’s #7 ARCA RE/MAX sponsors include Hoosier Tire Midwest; The United States Air Force; Petroff Towing; AG Tech LLC; Auto Xpress; Law Automotive; TRASHMAN; SEM Products; Race Against Drugs Campaign; Ebby’s Pit Stop; Rhyne Engines; Hoosier Tire; Hurst, Wright & Hafel, LLP; Schluckebier Farms; P3; Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool; The Pits Online; AXR2.com; Leading Edge; Sherman Chiropractic; Deatherage Certified Opticians; Jungle Jim’s Café; VP Race Fuel; Simpson Safety Products; Power Tech; Weld Wheel; Red Line Oil; Ringers Gloves; Gatorade; MAC Tools; Klushman Racing Products; Landrum Springs; Techworks; Autometer; Race Deck; Butlerbuilt and Benchmark.