NSCS No. 51 Atlanta Race Preview

HScott Motorsports NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Preview
Justin Allgaier
No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Folds of Honor 500 | March 1, 2015

Schedule Switch-Up…A change in the 2015 NASCAR race schedule has put Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) earlier in the season than in previous years. Typically, the race has been on Sunday evening before Labor Day, but has turned into a Sunday matinee. Allgaier made his first start at AMS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) last year in the No. 51 Auto-Owners Insurance Chevy. Handling issues early in the race caused Allgaier to lose laps, and he was unable to gain laps back after the handling improved. He also has five starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at AMS, with one top-five and two top-10 finishes, along with 15 laps led.

See Justin…On Sunday, March 1 at 9:15 a.m. EST, Allgaier will appear for a Q&A at the Team Chevy stage located in the Atlanta Fan Zone.

Daytona Race Recap…Allgaier made his second start in the prestigious Daytona 500 on Sunday. He raced his way in to the 200-lap race via the qualifying race, the Budweiser Duel last Thursday. The completion of the Duel earned Allgaier the 18th starting position. After a relatively calm race, Allgaier’s day ended three laps prematurely after a tire blew causing him to hit the wall. Allgaier ended with the 37th-place finishing position in the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports.


Justin Allgaier on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

“The surface at Atlanta [Motor Speedway] is old and worn out which has given the track a lot of character. It’s one of the fastest mile-and-a-half tracks that we go to during the season and that makes for great racing. Getting the car comfortable in the cool temperatures will be key for me. I’m used to going to Atlanta when it’s really hot and humid out, so the car will handle a lot differently this weekend. With NASCAR’s new rules, Thursday will be the first time that we have tested this season. Obviously, whatever we learn during the test will be crucial for this weekend and the other mile-and-a-half tracks on the schedule.”


Crew Chief Steve Addington on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

“The test on Thursday at Atlanta [Motor Speedway] will be important for our team since we haven’t been allowed to test this year. We have a list of things to try and I’m hopeful the weather will hold up. Not only is it nice to have the second car each race weekend, but it is a huge advantage when it comes to testing. Intermediate tracks make up most of the schedule, so we will really maximize our time during the test. With this weekend only being Justin’s second time in a Sprint Cup car at the track, the test time should really help him feel more comfortable.”


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 Xfinity Series crew chief. Addington resides in China Grove, N.C. with his wife Katie and has three children.


No. 51 BRANDT Team Members:

Crew Chief: Steve AddingtonCar Chief: Pierre KeuttelEngineer: Dave Winston
Engineer: Jonathan BowenShock Specialist: Tim LambertTire Specialist: Kyle Louchart
Interior Specialist:Jamie EdwardsMechanic: Ronnie GriffinMechanic: Mark O’Donnell
Engine Tuner: Billy Fraser
Truck Driver: Mike ClemenstonTruck Driver: Damon Lopez

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 was established in 1989 as Phoenix Racing, is owned and operated by Harry Scott Jr. and competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with technical support from Hendrick Motorsports.  The team competes full time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Justin Allgaier driving the No. 51 BRANDT Chevrolet and Michael Annett driving the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Scott also owns HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi, which fields the No. 42 Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and is the co-owner of HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, which fields five entries in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. His vision is to build a championship contender by developing talented young drivers, partnering with dedicated sponsors and competing hard every week. For more information, visit HScott Motorsports on the web at: www.hscottmotorsports.com.

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