Allgaier Earns First Career Victory In Scotts Turf Builder 300
Justin Allgaier drove through multiple wrecks and spins to collect his first career victory in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 after a wild Saturday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway.
While he qualified deep in the field, the Riverton, Ill. native was able to steadily move from his 30th place starting position as soon as the green flag dropped.
Allgaier, who edged teammate Brad Keselowski for the win, was thrilled to earn his first career victory, and was proud to earn it at the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
"I couldn't be happer to be here," he said from Victory Lane. "I want to thank the fans. I couldn't be happier to see the two Penske cars running for the win. This is pretty awesome. It is unbelievable... this is one of my favorite race tracks."
"I hope this is the first of many to come. I want to thank God, too. He has given me a lot of good doors to walk through."
Eight cautions slowed the event and sent several cars to the garage with twisted metal and frustrated drivers.
One accident saw the cars of Colin Braun and Steve Wallace turned in to a mangled heap. NASCAR officials red flagged the event for a little more than 12 minutes to clean up the carnage on lap 91.
Keselowski, who came to Victory Lane to congratulate Allgaier, said that if he had to finish second to anyone, he was glad it was Allgaier.
"I'm proud of Justin," said Keselowski. "He had the opportunity to rough me up and he didn't. I'm happy for Penske and glad to have another top finish."
Third place went to Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards finished fourth and Kevin Harvick spun Joey Logano on the final lap to claim fifth. Harvick described his side of the incident after the race.
"I raced with him and raced with him and he kept chopping me and I got into him," Harvick explained. "I hate that happened...but you got to do what you got to do."
Keselowski, known for aggressive driving, was asked if he also would have moved the driver in front of him if it was someone other than his teammate. He held his answer close to his chest.
"You never really know until you are in that circumstance," Keselowski said with a laugh.
The Scotts Turf Builder 300 was the first event of a Saturday doubleheader at BMS. The second event, the Scotts EZ Seed Showdown, features several of the sport's legendary drivers, including David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Harry Gant.