Justin Allgaier is an American stock car racing driver, born in 1986 in Riverton, Illinois, whose biggest achievement so far is the championship title in the 2008 ARCA Racing Series.
In NASCAR, he recorded more than 370 starts since his debut in 2005. He scored ten wins in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, finishing best third in the points in 2011, 2016 and 2017. In the NASCAR Cup Series, he spent two full seasons in 2014 and 2015.
Multiple title winner in midget racing
Allgaier began his career in quarter midget roadsters racing, winning many races at the local level. He had full support from his parents who both were passionate racing fans. His talent was obvious and he had won five championship titles until the age of 12.
Justin quickly moved up through the ranks and as a teenager, he debuted in the ARCA Series, driving a Chevrolet at the Illinois racetrack in Springfield. From 2003 to 2005, he continued to compete in selected ARCA Series events as a part-time racer and had some success. He clinched a couple of podium finishes as well top five finishes and also debuted in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, taking part in four races, but without success.
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Justin’s first full season in ARCA Series was in 2006. Still very young, but already with solid experience, Allgaier won his first race and finished 10th overall. The following year was even better as he was 4th in the championship.
Around the same time, he had another appearance in Truck series, but still without notable results. During his early racing years, Justin went to Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, where he graduated in engineering in 2008.
2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series was a special in Justin's career
Finally, in 2008, Justin Allgaier won the ARCA Series title after some brilliant driving and six wins scored on the way to glory. One of the key moments in Justin's career was when he debuted in NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving for Penske Racing in Charlotte. After doing a relatively good job in the final four races that season, he signed a contract for the full 2009 campaign and later was named series’ Rookie of the Year. For the first win in the Xfinity Series, Allgaier had to wait until 2010, when he triumphed at Bristol Motor Speedway.
In 2011, Justin Allgaier changed team colors and signed for Turner Motorsport. With a bit of luck, he won the race at Chicagoland Speedway while a year later, he won the race in Montreal, after a dramatic battle with Jacques Villeneuve.
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Switch to NASCAR Sprint Cup
Late in 2013, Allgaier got a chance in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with HScott Motorsport, driving, again, at Chicagoland Speedway. Then he spent two full-time seasons in the #51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, but results weren’t at the highest level as Justing had only one Top 10 finish. He had some relatively good performances, but mainly due to lack of experience, he missed many good opportunities to score some podium finishes or more placements in the Top 10.
Return to the Xfinity Series
At the end of the 2015 season, Allgaier parted ways with HScott Motorsport and soon after, it was announced that he is returning to Xfinity Series to drive a #7 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, ready to go into the battle for the top of the standings. Although he didn't score a single win during the 2016 campaign, it was a fine season for Justin. He scored numerous top 5 finishes before taking the 3rd place in the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, behind Daniel Suarez and Elliott Sadler.
Justin returned to the Victory Lane in 2017, winning two races in the Xfinity Series and finishing third in the points for the third time in a career. His most productive season was 2018 when he scored five wins, becoming the regular season champion in the Xfinity Series. After the Playoffs, he was just seventh in the points.
Justin Allgaier is married to Ashley and they have a daughter named Harper Grace. Other than racing on the track, Justin enjoys dirt racing, graphic design, hunting, and spending time with his family.