JOLIET, Ill. (NASCAR) – Justin Allgaier will never forget June 4, 2011, when he accomplished something that every race car driver wants to do: Win at his home track, and in Allgaier’s case, Chicagoland Speedway. The Riverton, Ill., native was neck-and-neck with Carl Edwards on the final lap when Edwards’ car suddenly began sputtering as it ran out of fuel.
Allgaier capitalized on his competitor’s misfortune and sailed on to victory lane for his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series win.
He hasn’t won since, but is feeling good about his chances, Sunday.
“I want to do so well here, just because of the fact I really do like this place and it’s one of my favorite race tracks and I think that adds a lot of pressure to myself that I want to be part of that,” Allgaier said. “I don’t want to wish any 1/8misfortune 3/8 on anybody, but we’re going to go out there and give them every bit of fight they want. That’s all we can do.”
ALLGAIER, PATRICK COMPETE OFF-TRACK AS WELL
Don’t be surprised if there’s a little extra good-natured, down-home ribbing this weekend between NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Justin Allgaier and Danica Patrick.
Both drivers are Illinois natives: Allgaier hails from Riverton, just outside of the state capital of Springfield, while Patrick was born and raised in Roscoe, on the outskirts of the state’s second-largest city, Rockford.
Allgaier said Friday that both drivers have looked forward to returning to race in their home state, but also to continue their off-track rivalry of sorts, especially when it comes to talking about sports, particularly baseball.
“The only thing we disagree on is sports teams, which is a good thing,” Allgaier said. “(Danica) likes the White Sox, while I like the St. Louis Cardinals.”
Allgaier currently leads in the bragging rights category with Patrick for two reasons: First, his Cardinals won last year’s Major League World Series.
And then there’s the second one: “I can hold it over her head that I won at Chicago before she did, so we’ll just stick with that,” Allgaier said with a smile, referencing his NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Chicagoland Speedway last June.