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In the Draft: Allgaier wants to make Texas fashion statement

October 30, 2012, Justin Allgaier, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Goal of wearing cowboy hat in Victory Lane could be start of comeback

Hey there guys. How is everyone doing? We're coming off our final off-weekend of the season, and it was a good one in the Allgaier household. Ashley and I got to do some really fun things around home. Before I get to that though, I want to talk about the cool thing I got to do last week with BRANDT.

Every year, the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) hold their national conference, and I was honored to be able to attend. This year it was held in Indianapolis, and it's absolutely amazing to see over 50,000 FFA folks descend into the city. They all wear their blue, corduroy jackets, which let everyone know where they're from and what FFA chapter they belong to. On Wednesday, I got to jump in alongside these members as they participated in the Rally to Fight Hunger, which had 10,000 students packing one million meals over the three days of convention. The project was in conjunction with Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization. Everything was incredibly well organized, and the students worked in 50-minute shifts to get the boxes packed. Such a cool thing, and I was so grateful to be a part of it. After my shift, I went into the convention and spent time signing autographs and meeting a bunch of the members. They are really great kids and are pretty diehard race fans, which I truly appreciate.

Thursday, Ashley and I got to go to the Zac Brown Band concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte. What a good time that was! Because of how busy things have been this year, we haven't had the chance to go to many concerts and stuff like that, so we definitely wanted to take advantage of this. And because I'm a glutton for all things racing, Ashley and I went to Martinsville to cheer on my dad's truck team on Saturday afternoon. Grant Enfinger was in the truck, but unfortunately, he didn't make the race. My Turner Motorsports teammates had a good day though, with Nelson Piquet Jr. finishing second and James Buescher taking over the points lead with a sixth-place effort.

We head to Texas this week in a bit of a hole in the Nationwide Series point standings. Because of the finishes we had at Dover and Charlotte a few weeks back, we fell to sixth place. We were able to make up a little of the deficit in Kansas, but we are still 12 points back from fifth. I know it's a whole lot easier to lose points than to gain them right now, but I truly believe this team is up to the challenge. We had a good race in the spring at Texas, and our mile-and-a-half program definitely has picked up steam throughout the season. James [Buescher] has proven this with all his wins in the Truck Series. While it might take us all three races, I think Kansas was the start of our comeback, and we can make it happen.

We also have a new partner, WinField Solutions, on the car this weekend, so the No. 31 will have a bit of a different look to it. The paint scheme is very similar to the one we ran at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, but there's more of the traditional BRANDT red in this scheme. We also will have WinField on board in Homestead, too, but I'm hopeful we can give it a hearty welcome this weekend with a solid finish. It'd be great to get to Victory Lane. I mean, who doesn't want to wear that sweet cowboy hat in Victory Lane in Texas?

Well, I hope everyone has a great couple weeks ahead. Thanks for checking in with me, and I look forward to seeing some of you out at the track. Don't forget to head over to and cast your vote for the Nationwide Most Popular Driver. Voting ends in just a few short weeks, on Nov. 16.

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.