Wild Day for Allgaier at Mid-Ohio Ends with a Top-10 Finish

The NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) made its maiden voyage to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Mid-Ohio) for the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200. Track activity began on Thursday with a day of testing for the NNS. On Friday, Allgaier participated in both practice sessions and completed a total of 51 laps. Allgaier went out in group six out of eight for road-course qualifying, and he earned the 15th-starting position with a lap time of 85.629 seconds. After leading two laps and completing all 90 laps, plus the additional laps for the green/white/checkered finish, Allgaier brought his No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions/Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet Camaro home in the eighth position for Turner Scott Motorsports.  


The NNS took the green flag on Saturday afternoon at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road course in front of a large crowd for the inaugural Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200. Allgaier quickly worked his way up to the 11th position by the third lap. Allgaier maintained the 11th position until the first caution at lap 20. After Allgaier reported he was really struggling with side bite on lap 14, crew chief Scott Zipadelli called for Allgaier to bring his No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions/Nationwide Children’s Hospital Camaro down pit road for Sunoco fuel, four Goodyear tires and adjustments. Allgaier restarted in the 16th position on lap 23, and on lap 27 Allgaier reported he was struggling for grip when the second caution of the race came out for an accident in Turn 5. Allgaier stayed out on the track during the caution, while competitors on different pit strategies came down pit road. Allgaier restarted in the 11th position on lap 29 and while racing side-by-side with Marcos Ambrose, contact from Ambrose sent Allgaier off the track and down into the sand trap causing a caution. Luckily, Allgaier was able to power through the sand trap and get back on the track. Allgaier brought his No. 31 AccuDoc Solutions Camaro down pit road for fuel, four tires and a quick repair to the nose with barebond. After Allgaier visited pit road, he restarted in the 36th position on lap 32. On lap 36, Allgaier was in the 33rd position and reported he was really struggling for rear grip.  


On lap 38, the fourth caution of the race came out and Allgaier came down pit road for fuel only and an adjustment. He restarted 27th on lap 40 and worked his way to the 19th position by lap 42. After the fifth caution at lap 45, Allgaier restarted 18th on lap 48. Allgaier continued to work his way up through the field and was in the 14th position by lap 51. During a green-flag pit stop cycle, Allgaier was able to lead two laps until he came down pit road at lap 62. Allgaier was back on the track at lap 63 when the sixth caution came out after a competitor made contact with Allgaier and sent him off of the track for the second time during the race. After getting back on the track, Allgaier and Zipadelli made the decision for Allgaier to stay out on the track to keep from losing valuable track position. On lap 66, Allgaier restarted in the 13th position and by lap 73 he had advanced to the eighth position. Allgaier continued to maintain the eighth position and reported on lap 84 that his car didn’t have any forward bite. He was in the 11th position on lap 89 when the seventh caution came out for a car off of the track in Turn 11. The late-race caution sent the regularly scheduled 90-lap race into overtime and brought out the first attempt at a green/white/checkered finish. Allgaier restarted in the ninth position on lap 92 after some competitors had to make pit stops for fuel. During the first and only attempt at the green/white/checkered finish, Allgaier was able to make his way up to the eighth position, where he ultimately finished in his No. 31 AccuDoc Solutuion/Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. With Saturday’s eighth-place finish, Allgaier is currently sixth in the NNS Driver Point Standings.


“We came away with a decent finish from Mid-Ohio [Sports Car Course],” said Allgaier. “We had a good test Thursday, and my guys worked really hard on preparing this car for the road course. It’s an interesting track, because a lot of the track is narrow which makes it difficult to pass. There were a ton of fans at the track this weekend and I’m really glad we were able to walk away with a top-10 finish, especially considering we were off the track a couple of times today. Luckily, we were able to have a nice recovery. I can’t thank my guys at Turner Scott Motorsports enough, they’ve been working really hard.”