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Allgaier wins New Jersey Motorsports Park ARCA race

ARCA
Sunday, September 28, 2008

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allgaiervlnjmp08.jpgThe combination of a little luck, the necessary skill and the right pit road strategy turned Justin Allgaier into a road course winner Sunday afternoon in the inaugural Loud Energy Drink 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Allgaier, making his career-first road course start, was in the lead when the rain started falling prompting ARCA RE/MAX Series officials to wave the checkered flag 19 laps shy of the scheduled 67-lap, 150-mile distance.

Allgaier, out of sequence with many of the front-runners, had already made his pit stop for fuel earlier than most and found himself the leader just in time for the rain to fall. 

"I've got to hand this one to my crew chief Jim Pohlman," said Allgaier. "He was up late last night rewinding the race in his mind so he knew exactly when we needed to pit for fuel and still make it to the end. As it turned out, it also put us in position to win the race. Then we got some help from Mother Nature. I would have rather won the thing under green, but we'll take it this way too.

"On Tuesday testing here it was my first time road course racing ever," added Allgaier. "Felt like I was in a John Deer tractor because I was plowing more dirt than I was on the racetrack. All in all, it's a great weekend and it was a great experience. If you look at the ARCA RE/MAX Series, we've got the most diverse array of racetracks in any series, and fortunately now we've been able to win on a dirt track, a short track, a superspeedway and on a road course, so, for us, that's really cool."

Colin Braun, who relieved Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the Aflac Ford, charged from the tail-end to finish second. Stenhouse, still on the mend from crash in a midget car at Eldora Speedway one week ago, gave up the seat to Braun during a lap three caution period.

"I'm disappointed," said Braun. "Just the way the whole race ended up. I don't think any of the fans wanted to see the thing end in yellow. It's not really the way I'd like to have the race finish up. We definitely had something for Justin (Allgaier), but it was a good day for points. That was the goal here to try to get Ricky up in points."

The podium finish allowed Stenhouse to move to within 65 points of Scott Speed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship points race. Braun's effort also credited Stenhouse with the SunTrust Highest Finishing Rookie honors and the Accel Fastest Lap of the Race.

"I had a crash last weekend in the midget and I didn't think I was going to be 100 percent for this race so I just decided that for this race it would be best for Roush Fenway Racing for me to start it and to let Colin finish it," said Stenhouse. "He did a good job and gained us some points and that's the main thing we wanted him to do."

Speed, after running in the second position for most of the race, ran out of time before he could get back up front, and was credited with the eighth finishing position.

Tayler Malsam, who ran up front all afternoon rain or shine, finished third in the Dodge Development Dodge, tying his career-best series finish.

"I definitely like road course racing," said Malsam. "I did some Formula TR stuff so I had experience heading into this race so that really helped."

SIM Factory Pole winner Andy Lally, in the TRG Motorsports Chevrolet, finished fourth after leading the most laps. Brian Scott finished fifth in the Albertsons Chevrolet.

allgaierleadsnjmp08.jpgLally led from the onset and pulled out to a 10-length lead over Speed and Parker Kligerman. Lally continued to stretch his lead until giving it up for pit road service on lap 30, during which time Dexter Bean inherited the top-spot. Then Allgaier took the lead from Bean on lap 36 when Bean ducked into the pit area for service. Allgaier led the remainder of the race, including ten laps of caution for rain showers while series officials waited to see if the storms would subside.

Kligerman, in his career-first series start, finished sixth in front of James Buescher in seventh. Buescher, who started 22nd, also earned the Casite Hard Charger of the Race. Veteran Bob Schacht, making his first series start in seven seasons, finished ninth. Nine-time series champion Frank Kimmel was 10th.

Lally was also the Aaron's Lap Leader with 29 laps led while his crew chief Jon Wolfe earned the Cometic Crew Chief of the Race honors. Bean, who ended up 14th, was the Klotz Halfway Leader.

Just two races remain in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series - the ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3rd and ARCA Championship Weekend at Toledo Speedway on October 11th and 12th. For a complete schedule of each event, visit arcaracing.com.

Race Results

FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 10 16 Justin Allgaier/Springfield IL Hoosier Tire Midwest-AG Tech Chevrolet 48 Running
2 9 99 *Ricky Stenhouse Jr./Olive Branch MS Aflac Ford 48 Running
3 5 4 Tayler Malsam/Seattle WA Dodge Development Dodge 48 Running
4 1 48 Andy Lally/Mooresville NC TRG Motorsports Chevrolet 48 Running
5 8 25 Brian Scott/Boise ID Albertsons Chevrolet 48 Running
6 2 77 Parker Kligerman/Westport CT Cunningham Driver Development Dodge 48 Running
7 22 32 James Buescher/Plano TX Mercedes Homes-Red Line Oil Dodge 48 Running
8 3 2 Scott Speed/Manteca CA Red Bull Toyota 48 Running
9 19 75 Bob Schacht/Mooresville NC Bob Schacht Motorsports Ford 48 Running
10 12 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Stewart's Root Beer Ford 48 Running
11 21 60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics-Toad Fish Bar & Grill Chevy 48 Running
12 17 90 Gabi DiCarlo/Phoenix AZ Great Clips Toyota 48 Running
13 13 7 Lee Arnold/Naples FL Arnold Development-V8Stockcar.com Dodge 48 Running
14 7 37 Dexter Bean/Westby WI Glock Chevrolet 48 Running
15 28 15 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier Chevrolet 48 Running
16 16 22 Ken Butler III/Lilburn GA Aaron's Lucky Dog Dream Machine Dodge 48 Running
17 14 11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL Nortrax-PBG Chevrolet 48 Running
18 23 09 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby's-SPS Ford 48 Running
19 11 1 Tom Hessert III/Cherry Hill NJ Maaco Auto Painting America's Body Shop Ford 48 Running
20 20 45 Michael Phelps/Suwanee GA Bowen Family Homes Dodge 47 Running
21 25 39 Kory Rabenold/Slatington PA Buzzy's Auto Body Chevrolet 47 Running
22 37 94 Jason Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 47 Running
23 31 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 47 Running
24 15 29 Jeff Buice/Charlotte NC Shaver Motorsports Chevrolet 46 Running
25 30 23 Donny Kelley/Humble TX Porter Glass Chevrolet 46 Running
26 38 0 James Hylton/Inman SC Peterson-Hylton Dodge 46 Running
27 27 12 Alli Owens/Daytona Beach FL ElectrifyingCareers.com-IBEW Local 351 Chevy 45 Running
28 34 26 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Central Michigan University Ford 45 Running
29 18 10 Chase Mattioli/Long Pond PA Liquid Fence Chevrolet 37 Accident
30 29 46 Matt Carter/Denver NC Stine Seed-Hantz Group Ford 36 Running
31 6 66 Tony Ave/Hurley WI McMahon Group Chevrolet 34 Engine
32 39 97 William Bull/Chapin SC Lake Murray Chiropractic Ford 31 Running
33 33 84 Norm Benning/Pittsburgh PA Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 20 Running
34 26 14 Willie Mullins/Fredericksburg VA BugsysAuto.com Chevrolet 10 Handling
35 35 24 Mike Harmon/Birmingport AL Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet 6 Engine
36 4 20 Justin Lofton/Westmorland CA Lofton Cattle Toyota 2 Engine
37 32 91 Todd Bowsher/Springfield OH Jack Bowsher & Associates Ford 2 Clutch
38 24 21 Tom Graham/Clearwater FL Consumer Financial Advisory Board Ford 2 Accident
39 36 06 Tim Mitchell/Fayetteville TN Four Seasons HVAC Chevrolet 1 Engine
*Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was relieved by Colin Braun
SIM FACTORY POLE AWARD:  Andy Lally 82.266 (98.461 mph) *NTR
MRGN OF VICT:  .794 seconds CAUTIONS:  5 for 28 laps
TIME OF RACE:  1:59:35 AVG SPEED:  54.188 mph
LAP LEADERS:  Lally 1-29 (29); Bean 30-34 (5); Allgaier 35-48 (14)

Top-20 in Points

POS

NAME POINTS
1 Speed, Scott 4325
2 Stenhouse, Ricky Jr. 4235
3 Carter, Matt 4190
4 Kimmel, Frank 4110
5 Allgaier, Justin 4070
6 Hessert, Tom III 3505
7 Townley, John Wes 3505
8 Butler, Ken III 3490
9 Sheltra, Patrick 3485
10 Malsam, Tayler 3460
11 Bean, Dexter 3375
12 Silas, Bryan 3360
13 Lofton, Justin 3080
14 DiCarlo, Gabi 2970
15 Phelps, Michael 2900
16 Basham, Darrell 2735
17 Benning, Norm 2660
18 Smith, Brad 2610
19 Kelley, Donny 2405
20 Harmon, Mike 2305

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