Justin Allgaier 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Justin Allgaier moves full-time to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014 driving the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet SS. In 2013, Harry Scott Jr. purchased the team from longtime owner James Finch. Allgaier and Scott debuted at the GEICO 400 at Chicagoland with a 27th-place finish. The Illinois native's best of four finishes was 24th in the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega.
Allgaier parlayed his 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship into a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with Penske Racing garnering the 2009 Sunoco Rookie of the Year title. He won his first pole at Memphis Motorsports Park and added three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. In 2010, he scored one win, two poles and 20 top-10 finishes and ranked fourth in the series standings.
Allgaier joined Turner Scott Motorsports in 2011 scoring another victory and finished a career-best third place in the standings. The following year he beat Montreal's local favorite, Jacques Villeneuve, to the checkered flag on city's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve notching his third NASCAR Nationwide Series win and first on a road course. He also collected six top-five and 19 top-10 results to finish sixth in the 2012 championship standings.
Early in his career the five-foot six-inch Allgaier earned the sobriquet "Little Gator" for his ferocious driving style belying his short stature. He started his ARCA career at the age of 16 driving for NASCAR veteran Ken Schrader.
Team: Phoenix Racing
Car: No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Hometown: Riverton, Ill.
Team Owner: Harry Scott Jr.
Crew Chief: Steve Addington