- Justin Allgaier
- Birth Date
- June 6, 1986
- Riverton, Ill.
Coming off an impressive first season at JR Motorsports in 2016, Justin Allgaier is looking to pick up where he left off, competing for the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship. The driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro tied his previous career best effort of third in the NXS point standings last season, accumulating 13 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes along the way.
The Riverton, Ill., native has a seven-year history of competing in the NXS. During that time, he’s earned three wins, 42 top-five and 111 top-10 finishes in 207 starts. In his first full-time NXS season in 2009, Allgaier earned rookie of the year honors. He followed that up with his first series win (Bristol Motor Speedway) and a fourth-place finish in the championship point standings in 2010, the highest among NXS regulars.
One of his most successful years came in 2011, which marked Allgaier’s first season with BRANDT Professional Agriculture as his sponsor. He drove to his second career victory, coming at his home track of Chicagoland Speedway, as well as that of his Springfield, Ill.–based sponsor. The win helped catapult Allgaier to third in the NXS championship standings.
In 2012, Allgaier found his way to victory lane at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The win marked his first NASCAR road-course victory and his most recent NXS victory.
Allgaier was born in 1986 to Mike and Dorothy Allgaier, two individuals with a passion for racing. Growing up around the sport, young Allgaier climbed behind the wheel of his first race car, a quarter-midget roadster, when he was just 5 years old. Showing instant talent, Allgaier became a five-time quarter midget champion by the age of 12. From quarter-midgets, he advanced to midget and micro-sprint features and then began racing in the UMP Late Model Series.
In 2001, at the age of 14, Allgaier became the youngest driver to advance to the A-Main at the Chili Bowl, the star-studded midget racing event in Tulsa, Okla. When he turned 16, Allgaier dabbled in the ARCA Racing Series, running part-time over the next four years.
Switching to full time in 2006, Allgaier earned one win and finished 10th in the ARCA standings. Just two years later, he won the 2008 ARCA Racing Series championship title after visiting victory lane six times throughout the season. That was the same year he made his maiden start in the NXS with Penske Racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
After six years competing in the NXS, Allgaier transitioned to HScott Motorsports to run in the NASCAR Cup Series. He made four starts in 2013, making his debut at Chicagoland Speedway, and spent the next two years racing full time in the No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet.
Allgaier and BRANDT Professional Agriculture made the move back to NXS competition in 2016, joining JR Motorsports. Driving the most consistent season of his NXS career, Allgaier ended 2016 with 13 top-five and 27 top-10 finishes. He earned a career-best average finish of 9.1 and finished third in the NXS championship point standings.
Away from the track, Allgaier enjoys dirt racing, graphic design, RC cars, hunting and spending time with his wife Ashley and daughter Harper.