The Frontstretch: 2013 NASCAR Driver Review: Justin Allgaier by Beth Lunkenheimer -- Saturday December 7, 2013

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2013 NASCAR Driver Review: Justin Allgaier

Beth Lunkenheimer · Saturday December 7, 2013


2013 Ride: No. 31 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet (Nationwide); No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet (Sprint Cup)
2013 Primary Sponsors: BRANDT, Wolfpack Rentals, AccuDoc Solutions, Charles Dean Leffler Trust, LEFturn, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, SEM Products
2013 Owner: Steve Turner (Nationwide); Harry Scott, Jr. (Sprint Cup)
2013 Crew Chief: Scott Zipadelli (Nationwide); Nick Harrison & Jimmy Elledge, Jr. (Sprint Cup)

Stats: Nationwide: 33 starts, 6 top 5s, 16 top 10s, 4th in points; Cup: 4 starts
Best Finish: 2nd (Phoenix – November).
Average Finish: Nationwide: 11.2; Cup: 30.2.

2013 Team Ranking: N/A for Cup – single-car team.

Justin Allgaier

High Point: When there isn’t a trip to Victory Lane, the best part of the season tends to not stand out quite as much, and in Allgaier’s case, it’s not that obvious. But if you watched him in his limited four starts in the Sprint Cup Series, it’s hard not to be impressed by his performance. Sure, he failed to finish inside the top 20, however in each of his starts, Allgaier did run inside the top 10, and even the top 5, before dropping back to his finishing position in three of his four starts.

Low Point: In his 33 Nationwide Series starts, Allgaier finished outside the top 20 just twice. The first came in the form of a 31st-place result following a late-race wreck at Richmond after running in the top 10 for much of the night. The second came at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where an unknown mechanical issue saw him struggle with a very tight car for much of the race. But despite the poor finishes, Allgaier did manage to run the distance and did not post a single DNF this season.

Summary: After a pair of top-10 finishes to open the 2013 season, Allgaier found himself atop the points standings for the only time this season. In a year that featured a handful of Sprint Cup Series starts, presumably preparing him for a jump to that series next season or the year after, the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet has shown a tremendous amount of growth on and off the track, and he’s set up well for a long future in NASCAR.

Off-Track News: In August, Justin Allgaier and his wife Ashley welcomed their baby girl, Harper Grace, to the world. Both Justin and Ashley proudly post pictures and videos of their little one, and Justin summed up his new parenthood as “amazing” during the end of season banquet.

2014 Outlook: While nothing has been officially announced, Justin Allgaier’s name has been thrown around as the driver expected to pilot the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing next season. And despite the numbers his finishes show, Allgaier did show promise in a Cup car in 2013. Assuming he does end up in the Cup car in 2014, he’ll join what will be one of the most interesting rookie battles in years alongside Austin Dillon, Parker Kligerman, Kyle Larson and Cole Whitt, just to name a few.

2012 Grade: A+.
2013 Grade: B+.

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