Land of Corn...The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) returns to the .0875-mile Iowa Speedway for the second and final time this season. The June race was originally scheduled for a Saturday night race under the lights, but was postponed to Sunday morning due to rain. Allgaier qualified in the 11th position for the race and brought home an eighth-place finish in his No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro. Allgaier will be making his eighth start at Iowa Speedway, which is approximately four hours from his hometown of Riverton, Ill. He is one of three drivers on the entry list who have raced in all seven NNS events at Iowa Speedway.
Driver Rating...Allgaier has an average driver rating of 100.5 at Iowa Speedway, the highest of all three drivers who are making their eighth start this weekend. (Driver Rating formula combines wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, laps led and lead-lap finishes.)
This Week's Camaro...This weekend the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet team will utilize chassis TSM-333. TSM-333 has been used five times this season: Phoenix International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Recapping Indy...The NNS completed its only stop of the season at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Allgaier's No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro sported a different paint scheme for the race. The car was a tribute to Jason Leffler and the Charles Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust fund with a flat black paint scheme. Allgaier qualified his No. 31 Jason Leffler Tribute Chevrolet Camaro 14th for the Indiana 250 on Saturday. Unfortunately, mechanical issues during the pace laps brought Allgaier to pit road for repairs. Allgaier spent 20 laps behind the wall while the team worked feverishly to try and diagnose the issue and make repairs. Allgaier ultimately finished the day in the 33rd position with the No. 31 Jason Leffler Tribute Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. Allgaier is currently sixth in the NNS Driver Point Standings.
Meet Justin...Allgaier will sign autographs in the concourse under the Turn 4 end of the Iowa Speedway grandstands along with other NNS drivers from 2:30-3:10 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 3. The session is open to fans first come, first served.
Crew chief Scott Zipadelli on Iowa Speedway:
"It's our second time at Iowa [Speedway] this season. We missed the setup last time so we are bringing a few new things to try this race. Iowa is tricky because the practice groove and the race groove seem to be different sometimes. Also, the bumps in Turns 1 and 2 can be a nuisance if your car is struggling for grip. The track will also change from when we start the race as the sun is setting, to ending it under dark skies."
Justin Allgaier on Iowa Speedway:
"Iowa [Speedway] is a neat track and it races well. It's fast like a 1.5-mile track, but it races more like a short track. Night racing always puts on a good show. The track is in the middle of corn fields but the fans always show up to the track to support us which is nice. Earlier this year we were supposed to have a night race and it turned into a day race on Sunday, so I hope the weather holds off and we get to race Saturday night."