Justin Allgaier Returns Home As He Prepares For The Road To Chicagoland Speedway

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier visited Springfield, Ill., on Thursday as he prepares to travel the road from his native Central Illinois to Chicagoland Speedway later this summer. Allgaier, who hails from nearby Riverton, Ill., will be running in the Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola 300, Sept. 14, at his hometown, 1.5-mile track.

The driver of the No. 31 BRANDT visited D’Arcy’s Pint and was greeted by a crowd of adoring fans, the Riverton High School cheer and dance teams and a proclamation from the Mayor of Springfield. With the proclamation, Aug. 1, 2013, officially became “Justin Allgaier Day” in the state capitol of Illinois.

“I’m always looking forward to a trip back home, but today was even more special than usual,” said Allgaier. “To have this kind of support from friends, family, BRANDT and even complete strangers is unbelievable. We’re excited to see everyone up at Chicagoland Speedway in September for the NASCAR weekend and put on a great show.”

Allgaier hosted a question-and-answer session for fans before trying his hand at creating the famous Springfield “horseshoe” sandwich at D’Arcy’s.  The horseshoe is comprised of Texas Toast, a hamburger patty, cheese sauce and French fries and is regarded as a local favorite.

Chicagoland Speedway and the Illinois Office of Tourism also highlighted area attractions from Springfield to Joliet, including where to eat and visit along historic Route 66! Fans looking to make a weekend camping getaway to see Allgaier and the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup can click here for more information on camping at Chicagoland Speedway.