Justin Allgaier scared us all on Thursday night. He was involved in that scary last lap crash at the Kentucky Speedway, but his No. 7 Chevrolet took the lightest of the three car impacts and it was him being transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
No other updates were given until early on Friday morning that said that Allgaier had a non racing related health issue. Later, he’d get cleared to race tonight with Allgaier saying before the start of the Alsco 300 that his heart rate was higher than normal in the infield care center after the crash and needed to be taken for further diagnosis on what was going on.
Luckily, it was a false alarm and he was okay with nothing underlying.
Unfortunately, his night, or race winning hopes I should say, were short lived. Some how, a brake rotor hit Allgaier’s car early in the race and forced him to an unscheduled pit stop a few laps prior to the competition caution. He’d fall a lap down, but by time the Lap 20 yellow flew, a few other cars were also a lap down and earned the free pass. Without the leaders pitting on that competition yellow, Allgaier couldn’t take the waive around.
He was pinned a lap down all race but his speed was blazing quick. He was passing all the fast cars all night but never could get on the lead lap until the caution for the Brandon Jones crash with 22 to go. He took the waive around and would restart 11th with 14 laps remaining.
He’d finish fifth on old tires for his first top five since Charlotte (10 races ago). It just showed though that if he could have gotten on the lead lap, how scary good he would have been.
“I am so proud of this team,” said Allgaier. “They did a really nice job getting this BRANDT “Thank You Farmers” Camaro prepared.
“We never gave up tonight. To come back and get a top-five finish after being a lap down for most of the night is incredible. We had a fast car and that has me looking forward to these next two mile-and-a-half tracks we have coming up.”
Next week is Texas followed by Kansas a week later.