Opportunity or not, Allgaier ready to do job at hand in fill-in duty for Johnson
Tasked with replacing a seven-time NASCAR champion on two days’ notice, Justin Allgaier sits in new and rarified territory.
Shortly before Jimmie Johnson’s Friday reveal of a positive COVID-19 test was made public, Allgaier had already gotten the call, learning that his driving duties — after weeks of dutifully waiting as a standby driver for Hendrick Motorsports — would be needed in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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For a veteran who has proven himself in JR Motorsports’ Xfinity Series equipment but toiled for two-plus seasons in a substandard Cup Series ride years ago, Allgaier’s role as late-hour fill-in for a top-notch seat might present something of a showcase opportunity. Instead, the 34-year-old shoe is approaching the interim position with a level head.
“My standpoint is this: Opportunity or not does not supersede the need to go out there and to do the job at hand,” Allgaier said after a seventh-place finish in Saturday’s Xfinity prelude at the Brickyard. “A hundred percent is what I have to offer, that’s what I’m going to give them tomorrow. 101, 110, trying to be a hero? There’s no place for that. This isn’t what this role is about. For me, this isn’t what my plan is. My plan is to go out and give the 48 car the best opportunity that it can to run at its maximum potential.
“Now in my mind, I believe that that ...
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