Justin Allgaier will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut at his home-track, Chicagoland Speedway.
Allgaier, 27, hails from Riverton and will run both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races this weekend at the 1.5 mile track located in Joliet, Illinois.
“Making my first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a dream come true,” said Allgaier in a release. “I’ve been working towards this goal for 22 years, and I am so excited that it’s finally time to make it happen. It’s made even more special since it’s my home track and that I’m racing for Harry Scott Jr. with the support of BRANDT. The people at BRANDT have become family to me and I intend to make them very proud.”
Allgaier will get behind the wheel of the No. 51 Chevrolet for team owner Harry Scott. Previously Allgaier has run in the Nationwide Series as a driver for the team Scott co-owns with Steve Turner – Turner Scott Motorsports.
Expectations for Allgaier should be tempered. Scott just purchased the No. 51 car and for much of the season it has run at the back of the field.
In six seasons, Allgaier has notched three Nationwide Series wins. He has 13 finishes inside the top ten in 25 starts this season.
Allgaier will run this weekend at Chicago, then at Charlotte and Talladega in October with sponsorship from Brandt. Brandt, based in Springfield, Ill., also sponsors him in the Nationwide Series.