January 21, 2014 — RaceChaser staff report by Jacob Seelman — Phoenix Racing photo — SPARTANBURG, SC — The secret is finally out.
The last member of the expansive 2014 NASCAR rookie class was revealed today, as Harry Scott Jr. and Phoenix Racing officially announced today that Justin Allgaier will be the driver of the #51 BRANDT Chevy SS during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
Allgaier, who finished fifth in championship points in the Nationwide Series for 2013, will be a candidate for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year award. The Midwest native is a three-time winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the 2008 ARCA Racing Series Champion.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I intend to make the most of it,” said Allgaier. “I am very grateful to Harry Scott and BRANDT for having faith in me to compete against the best drivers in the world.”
“Justin has worked extremely hard to get to this level and he is ready to take the next step,” added team owner Harry Scott Jr. “Working in conjunction with competition director and crew chief Steve Addington, I think the No. 51 team can turn some heads this year.”
BRANDT will be the primary sponsor for the #51 for 21 races during the 2014 season. The agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products has been active in NASCAR since 2011 and was the sponsor for the #51 in all four of Allgaier’s races in 2013.
Joining BRANDT on the car are The National FFA, TradeMark Nitrogen, Nutrients for Life Foundation, Precision Tank and Grigg Brothers. Together, these partners are supporting the only true ag-focused car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Allgaier, 27, will join Bobby Labonte as teammates at Phoenix Racing. Labonte will drive the #52 for several races in 2014, including the season-opening Daytona 500 next month.