NSCS No. 51 Chicagoland Race Preview

HScott Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview
Justin Allgaier
No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet
Chicagoland Speedway
MyAFibStory.com 400 | September 14, 2014

Returning Home…Justin Allgaier will make his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start in the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevy at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. Chicagoland was the site of the Riverton, Ill. native’s NSCS debut last year in the No. 51 BRANDT Chevy. Allgaier has eight starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) at Chicagoland, with one win in June 2011. He also has two top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 1.5-mile oval, along with 9 laps led in the NNS. Steve Addington, crew chief of the No. 51, has one win at Chicago, with Kyle Busch in 2008.

Home Race for BRANDT Professional Agriculture…The No. 51’s primary sponsor, BRANDT Professional Agriculture is headquartered in Springfield Ill., located two-and-a-half hours southwest of Chicagoland. BRANDT will host approximately 500 people in a large hospitality tent located in Turn 4. four.

Media Availability…Justin will be available to the media for questions on Friday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m. CDT. The availability will be streamed live on www.nascar.com/presspass.

Meet Justin…On Thursday, September 11 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CDT, Allgaier will participate in a Sunoco Rookie Q&A at Pioneer Court in downtown Chicago. On Saturday, September 13, he will appear for a Q&A at the Legends Club suite from 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT. On Sunday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. CDT, Allgaier will attend the Chicagoland Tweetup (location TBD).  He will also appear at the Illinois Department of Transportation stage at 10:00 a.m. CDT for a Q&A and a Beer Goggles demonstration in the Chicagoland Fan Zone.

Richmond II Recap…Allgaier made his second NSCS start at Richmond International Raceway last Saturday night. Allgaier had two practice sessions at the 0.75-mile track and qualified his No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet SS 27th, besting his first start at RIR from the spring of 31st. Long green-flag runs and few cautions in the 400-lap race meant over half of the field lost laps to the leader. Unable to get back on the lead lap during the race, Allgaier finished in the 28th position in the BRANDT Chevy for HScott Motorsports.

Sunoco Rookie of the Year…After graduating to the NSCS this season, Allgaier is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the No. 51 BRANDT Chevy. In 2009, Allgaier took home the Rookie of the Year title in the NNS. After Richmond, Allgaier is currently third in the standings, behind Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon.

Justin Allgaier on Chicagoland Speedway:

“I’m really thrilled to get to Chicagoland [Speedway]. It’s where I made my first Sprint Cup Series start last year and it’s also my home track. I’ll have a lot of family and friends in the stands and there’s a group of fans that come every year, so it’s neat to catch up with them. It’s also BRANDT’s home track and they are bringing a ton of guests to the track, so there’s a little extra pressure this weekend. As far as on track stuff, our mile-and-a-half program has improved over the last few races so I’m confident we will have a good weekend in Chicago.”
Crew Chief Steve Addington on Chicagoland Speedway:

“Justin was in the Sprint Cup car in this race last year, so he has an idea of what to expect with the car and the track. We have the notebook from that race, so that will help us. The weather is going to be a big factor this weekend. It’s going to be much cooler than it has been the past couple of years, but it looks like it’s going to be pretty consistent over the weekend. We are back to our regular weekend schedule with one practice, then qualifying and two practices after qualifying. That’s helpful for a rookie like Justin because he gets to practice for qualifying and that usually helps us with a better starting spot. He just needs to be consistent and smooth and we should have a good weekend.”

About Competition Director and Crew Chief Steve Addington:

Spartanburg, S.C. native Steve Addington joined HScott Motorsports in January 2014 as competition director and crew chief for the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet SS. Steve comes to the team from Stewart-Haas Racing, where he spent the past two seasons as crew chief on the No. 14 team and earned four wins with Tony Stewart. Addington also served as a Sprint Cup Series crew chief at Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing, racking up a total of 20 wins in the series. Addington began his career working on dirt cars and is a former Nationwide Series crew chief. Addington resides in China Grove, N.C. with his wife Katie and has three children.

No. 51 BRANDT Team Members:

Driver: Justin AllgaierCrew Chief: Steve AddingtonCar Chief: Pierre Kuettel
Engineer: Garett PetersonEngineer: Jonathan BowenShock Specialist: Clay Alexander
Tire Specialist: Kyle LouchartInterior Specialist:Jamie EdwardsMechanic: Ronnie Griffin
Mechanic: Mark O’Donnell
Engine Tuner: Howard ShipwashTruck Driver: Mike Clemenston

NSCS Career Statistics:
Races – 30
Wins – 0
Poles – 0
Top-Fives – 0
Top-10s – 0
Laps Led – 10

NNS Career Statistics:
Races – 174
Wins – 3
Poles – 4
Top-Fives – 29
Top-10s – 84
Laps Led – 617

NCWTS Career Statistics:

Races – 8
Poles – 0
Top-Fives – 0
Top-10s – 0
Laps Led – 0

ARCA Career Statistics:
Races – 86
Wins – 8
Poles – 2
Top-Fives – 31
Top-10s – 45
Laps Led – 755

About BRANDT: A leading agricultural company, BRANDT consists of three divisions-Specialty Formulations, Retail Agronomy and Dealer Support-serving growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for maximum return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply. For more information, visit BRANDT on the web at: www.brandt.co

About HScott Motorsports: HScott Motorsports, which began as Phoenix Racing in 1989, is owned and operated by Harry Scott Jr. and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Scott purchased the team from long-time owner James Finch in September 2013.  His vision is to develop talented young drivers, and partner with dedicated sponsors to build a championship contending team. HScott Motorsports is aligned with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports. HScott receives chassis, engines and technical support from Hendrick Motorsports. 2014 marks Scott’s first full year of Sprint Cup team ownership. Scott also owns part of Turner Scott Motorsports, a championship team based in Mooresville, N.C. which competes full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series and K&N Pro Series East.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of SpeedwayMedia.com

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