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JUSTIN ALLGAIER WINS AT I-55 RACEWAY
BEATING TONY STEWART & KEN SCHRADER

7-02-03

Justin Allgaier preparing to go on I-55 Raceway and win 5,000 Sundae's (Photo courtesy of Darin Stewart)PEVELY, MO (June 28) -- Seventeen-year-old Justin Allgaier wasn't the only person who was glad he won his first U.M.P. Modified race at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. So were the 5,000-plus fans in attendance. Prior to the late model feature race, new sponsor Dairy Queen as part of a Fan Appreciation Night held a drawing in which all the competing driver's names were put into a hat and one name was drawn. The name they drew was Justin Allgaier. If Allgaier won the race, all in attendance would be given a free Sundae at Dairy Queen. And wouldn't you know it, Justin won beating not only the I-55 regulars, but also Winston Cup Champion Tony Stewart and Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader who is co-promoter at I-55 Raceway. Allgaier is the son of Mike and Dorothy Allgaier, owners of Hoosier Tire Midwest. While most of the fans had come out to get a glimpse of Tony Stewart who was racing along with Ken Schrader, what they got was a great race that wasn't determined until the final lap. 

After three heat races in which Mark Gansmann, Ed Dixon and Brian Wolfmeier were winners, the Dash race was contested with Justin Allgaier capturing the win and the right to start the night's 25-car feature race on the pole. Unfortunately, Ken Schrader crashed in his heat and was unable to repair the damage in time for the feature leaving Tony Stewart to battle the locals on behalf of the Winston Cup contingent.

In the feature, Justin Allgaier took the lead from the drop of the green flag with fellow front row starter Ed Dixon in tow. After several attempts, Dixon was finally able to pass the young hot-shoe to take the lead on lap 9. Dixon's lead would last just three circuits before a caution came out. On the caution, Justin Allgaier regained the race lead with Mark Gansmann and Tony Stewart nipping at his bumper. 

Gansmann challenged for the lead for several laps pulling even with Allgaier in the corners only to fall back when the youngster floored the gas in the straightaways. As the race entered its final stages, a final caution came out on what appeared to be the final lap as Tony Stewart spun out challenging Allgaier and Gansmann for the win coming out of the final turn. With the crowd almost tasting their ice-cold Dairy Queen Sundae's compliments of Justin Allgaier, the track announcer nearly caused a riot when he announced the final lap would have to be rerun since the yellow came out prior to Allgaier crossing the finish line. 

So, they lined them up all over again and restarted the field for a white-checkered finish with Allgaier once again crossing the finish line first and securing Dairy Queen Sundae's for all in attendance. Allgaier, who only recently (June 6) turned 17, was also coming off a win at Farmers City. But this one was "big" according to Ken Schrader who sponsored Justin's first ARCA ride.

Following Allgaier to the finish line was Mark Gansmann, Brian Wolfmeier, Dean Hoffman and Kevin Gundaker. After spinning in the final turn, Tony Stewart was scored with an 18th place finish.

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. congratulates Justin on his pair of victories only weeks after his 17th birthday.

      

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