Justin Allgaier has his sights set on one thing in 2016; his first NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) championship. The new JR Motorsports (JRM) driver of the No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro brings with him a stout racing resume and he’s looking to use his experience to propel himself and the No. 7 team into the championship hunt.
The Riverton, Ill., native has a six-year history of competing in the NXS. From 2008 to 2013, Allgaier efforted three wins, 29 top-five and 84 top-10 finishes in 174 starts. In his first full-time 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.
His most successful year 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 a career-best 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 Sprint 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.
On Oct. 28, 2015, JRM announced Justin Allgaier as driver of the No. 7 for the 2016 NXS season to compete for the companies’ second championship title. BRANDT will serve as the primary sponsor of the Chevrolet Camaro.
Away from the track, Allgaier enjoys dirt racing, graphic design, RC cars, hunting and spending time with his wife Ashley and their daughter Harper Grace.