NASCAR Cup Series

Allgaier Focused on Racing as Contract and Rumors Linger

RICHMOND, Va. – It’s the rumor HScott Motorsports can’t escape.

With Clint Bowyer’s future in doubt, many in the Sprint Cup Series garage believe the 36-year-old will head to Harry Scott’s operation in a one-off deal next season. It would be a matter of when and how because last week Scott shot down reports he would add a third car. As for replacing his drivers, Scott is confident both Michael Annett and @J_Allgaier will remain in his stable.

Annett and his primary sponsor Pilot/Flying J are locked up for 2016. Allgaier and BRANDT, however, are in contract years. Friday at Richmond, Allgaier acknowledged it’s hard to tune out all the noise.

“I think it’s all in trying to figure out how to manage it the best that you can. Obviously, contract years and going through all of that can be stressful anyway, so rumors from other areas definitely don’t help that,” Allgaier told POPULAR SPEED. “At the same time for me, I know this is my time to put in one hundred percent and to go out there and do everything I can every week.

“If something changes, then it changes and if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t, and that’s just how life works.”

Allgaier in his in second full Sprint Cup Series season, both of which have come with HScott. He finished 29th in points last season and currently sits 30th in points entering Richmond. In 64 career starts, Allgaier has one top-10 finish courtesy of an eighth place at Bristol this spring.

Based out of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Allgaier said he enjoys the chemistry and small team camaraderie he’s build with the No. 51 crewmembers. Praising the quality of employees within the organization, Allgaier said he also appreciates how much effort and hard work is put in to make sure he and BRANDT Chevrolet make it on track each weekend.

“I’ve built great relationship with all of them over the last two years and obviously when we’re not running I feel just as bad for them as I want to feel for myself and when we do run good I feel just as good for them as I do for myself,” Allgaier said.

If he gets to run with them next year is the current question. All three parties – Allgaier, BRANDT, and HScott – are still working out new contracts. As it’s being taken care of behind the scenes, Allgaier is trying to stay focused on his job each weekend.

“Unfortunately or fortunately, however you look at it, the way the sport works is trying to put the whole package together and making sure that you have enough funding to go to the racetrack every week,” Allgaier said. “And making sure you have everything put together when the year ends and going into the next season.

“They’re going to have to figure all that out and make sure that we’re in the right place at the right time and everything works. But definitely been working on things and trying to make this happen.”

If given the option and all the rumors turn out to be just that, Allgaier would love to continue his Sprint Cup Series career with HScott Motorsports.

“Obviously I loved being here the last two years and had a great run at it and really enjoy working with these guys,” he said. “If we can do that again, that’d be great, and we’ll keep working to try and make that happen.”



By Popular Speed

POPULAR SPEED is a Social Media driven website featuring exclusive content, photographs, news and pointed editorials. It’s makeup consists of veteran motorsports journalists as well as the unique voice of developing young talent. POPULAR SPEED was launched in 2013 under the direction of former Sprint Cup Series spotter, Mike Calinoff.