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In the Draft: Allgaier gets tasty top 10

April 18, 2012, Justin Allgaier, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Allgaier's top-10 at Texas nets team crucial points, and a free lunch

How's it going everyone? I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.

We had a pretty good one down in Texas. It seemed to be a pretty quick trip when you stop to think about it, but the days were packed-full for me. We got to practice the first night we were there, which was good because it was helpful to be on-track in conditions that were similar to what we would be experiencing the following night during the race. While the qualifying wasn't what we had hoped for, we had a solid run on Friday night which was really encouraging. Our car was fast, especially on the longer runs when I could kind of search around on the track and find a good line that suited the handling of the Brandt Chevy. I thought we might finally get our first top-five of the season, and it was so close there at the end. But all-in-all, it was a good points night for us and we made up some ground on the leaders.

"The finish in Texas also means an Allgaier-sponsored lunch for the guys on the team ... They are definitely holding me to that. I mean, have you seen some of the guys on my team? They love good food. "


The finish in Texas also means an Allgaier-sponsored lunch for the guys on the team. I made a deal with them that top-10s (and better) equal lunch on me and my wife Ashley on the Monday afterwards. They are definitely holding me to that. I mean, have you seen some of the guys on my team? They love good food.

We all headed to Hickory Tavern in Mooresville yesterday and it was a good time. Ashley met us there and it was fun to get everyone together away from the track. It gives the guys an opportunity to get to know one another outside of work, and it's a cool team-building thing too.

I know this weekend is technically an off one for us, but I'm staying busy. I'm making a quick trip back home to Illinois on Tuesday and Wednesday. I need to take care of some odds and ends while I've got the time. I'm obviously planning to stop in at Brandt headquarters and they are having a lunchtime barbeque on Wednesday which I will definitely be attending. I'm a huge fan of seeing and hanging out with all those folks and the good food will just be the icing on top.

Then, for the actual weekend part of the off week, I'm heading down to Road Atlanta for the Triumph Big Kahuna AMA Pro Nationals event. It is the first stop of the Big Kahuna Triple Crown. I'm going at the invitation of Arai -- the folks who make my helmets. They brought some road racers to Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fall last year and we were finally able to find a weekend where I could return the favor. I'm really excited to spend the weekend down there and check out the racing on two wheels. I'm definitely thankful for the opportunity to be at Road Atlanta.

While I definitely enjoy the time off, I'm anxious to get back to racing and the rhythm that sort of establishes itself for us when we get going every weekend. I'm hopeful that we can keep the momentum going from Texas when we head to Richmond in a couple of weeks. I'll be honest and tell you that Richmond was definitely not one of my favorite stops on the circuit until just recently. I think it kind of bit me the first time I went there, and I've slowly figured out what it takes to get around the track every stop since. I obviously enjoy the short track racing because it's what makes up my background and it's what I know. We had a really great race there last spring, starting and finishing in the top-five, and so I'm sure we'll use some of those notes for this spring as well. I'm looking forward to repeating, if not improving on that finish.

Make sure you all check out my Turner Motorsports teammates this weekend as the Truck Series heads to Kansas. It was awesome to see how well they all finished at Rockingham over this past weekend. I loved seeing Turner Motorsports and Kasey Kahne in Victory Lane. Until next time -- take care!

In the Draft with Justin Allgaier is a twice-monthly blog and the opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Follow him and the No. 31 BRANDT Racing team on Twitter: @J_Allgaier, @BrandtRacing or @No31TurnerNNS.