MOORESVILLE, NC - Turner Motorsports has announced that BRANDT is returning to the multi-car team as primary sponsor of the No. 31 Chevrolet driven by championship contender Justin Allgaier.
Allgaier finished the 2011 season third in the overall NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) championship point standings, notching one win, six top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes, with the win coming at Chicagoland Speedway, the home track of BRANDT and Allgaier.
BRANDT President and CEO, Rick C. Brandt, is enthusiastic about the company's return to NNS competition with Turner Motorsports. "We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our first season in NASCAR and look forward to returning as a championship contending team with Turner Motorsports and Justin Allgaier in the Nationwide Series," said Brandt. "We look to expand on the successes we had with the program both on and off the track in 2011 and take the program to the next level in 2012."
Turner Motorsports owner, Steve Turner, is pleased to welcome BRANDT back on board as an integral part of his NNS program. "We are thrilled to have BRANDT back as a primary partner for the 2012 season," said Turner. "Just like Turner Motorsports, BRANDT is a family-based company, whose values and ideals align well with ours. Also, Justin [Allgaier] is a great fit for BRANDT, having grown up not far from the company headquarters. We believe 2011 was a great start to our partnership, but plan for the 2012 season to be even better as we contend for more wins, and ultimately, a Nationwide Series championship."
Allgaier, a Riverton, Ill. native, has made a name for himself coming through the national stock car racing ranks. "Little Gator", a nickname Allgaier earned for his size and aggressive nature behind the wheel, started racing Midget and Sprint cars at age six before moving onto stock cars as a teenager.
After capturing the ARCA Racing Series championship in 2008, he graduated to the NNS and claimed Rookie-of-the-Year honors with three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. The 25-year-old scored his first NNS victory in 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway and rounded out the season with two pole awards, eight top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.