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Allgaier has hot hand in Vegas

March 07, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com

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Driver has had success at Vegas, but still searching for a win

Although Justin Allgaier has never won a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he certainly has a winning combination at the 1.5-mile track in Sin City.

When the NASCAR Nationwide starting field hits the track for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 (4:15 p.m. ET, ESPN2), Allgaier is sure to be among the front-runners contending for the win.

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In four starts at the track, he has never finished outside the top eight or qualified outside the top 13. His best finish was a runner-up performance in 2011. He also boasts the highest average driver rating (106.3) among drivers with four starts at the track.

His success belies the fact that racing at Vegas can be a bit challenging for drivers, especially for those with the wrong race strategy. 

"The track is pretty line-sensitive so you have to time your passes well, but it also usually comes down to fuel mileage," said Allgaier. "It's going to be a great race and Las Vegas always puts on a good show, and I don't think this weekend is going to be any different."

If it sounds like he's excited about the upcoming race, he has a good reason for that. After the first two races of the season, Allgaier heads to Phoenix tied for the points lead with Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish holds the tiebreaker due to his second-place finish in the season-opening DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway.

With seventh-place and third-place finishes at Daytona and Phoenix International Raceway, respectively, Allgaier looks to continue his hot streak at Las Vegas and break away from Hornish and the rest of the Nationwide drivers in the standings.

Whether or not Allgaier wins on Saturday, it's a safe bet he'll be near the front of the pack, barring any accidents.

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