NASCAR’s Justin Allgaier: My Goal Is for People to Know I’m ‘A Believer in Christ’
By Movieguide® Staff
NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier started his career in racing as a 5-year-old and never looked back.
“I don’t remember life without racing,” Allgaier told CBN. “I remember some of the earliest days going to the racetrack as a really young child and just remembering the feeling of what that was like. I have a buddy. We’d introduce ourselves and we’d make jokes about ‘one of these days we’re gonna be there, we’re going to be doing that.'”
At just 12 years old, Allgaier became a five-time quarter-midget champion. However, Allgaier’s dreams of becoming a NASCAR driver was second to his devotion to God.
“Even though we traveled a lot and even though we were gone a lot, you know, Sunday morning we did everything we could. If we had to drive all night, we drove all night. And Sunday morning, we were sitting there in church,” he recalled.
By 20, Allgaier raced full time in NASCAR’s minor league ARCA racing series.
While Allgaier loved to compete, his journey to the pro-league was not easy.
“I never got into racing because of fame or because of money or because of the perks that might come with it. For me it was all about going to the racetrack, competing, competing at a high level, and using the gifts that, you know, I had been given,” he said. “We were scrapping together every dollar that we could put together to be able to go to the racetrack. And I knew that something was stressing my dad out and I could kind of see it, I kind of feel it.
“And he said, ‘Hey, listen. Your mom and I are out of money. We’ve spent every dime we can spend to go racing. We’ve done everything we can do and it’s just not meant to be. So, you know, make the most of everything we’ve got right now because I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to do this again,'” Allgaier recalled. “And, you know, having aspirations of obviously making it to the Cup Series and being in NASCAR, that was kind of a devastating blow.”
However, Allgaier relied on his faith and prayed to God, and He answered.
At his next race, the aspiring driver met the competition director at Penske racing, a renowned NASCAR team.
“We went out, I raced and of all days, I ended up winning that day,” Allgaier said. “It was a fantastic race for us. A racetrack that we shouldn’t have won at, but I ended up winning that day. And 24 hours later, literally, 24 hours later, I was sitting in Detroit, Michigan, with Roger Penske, going over on a legal pad writing down different things that, you know, would ultimately end up being my contract and an opportunity to race full-time in NASCAR.”
Allgaier added, “God closes doors all the time and, you know, as selfish as we are, we’re typically not willing to let that door close, right? But on the other hand, there’s a lot of times where you make peace with closing that door, and then the door kicks wide open and it’s even, you know, ten-fold of what you thought it was going to be.”
Allgier now races full-time for JR Motorsports and recently won the Echo Park 250 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“I have no reservations about where my talent comes from and the opportunities that I’m given, where they come from. You know, it’s definitely a gift of God. I mean, you can see trophies behind me and those are awesome, and I love looking at trophies and reminiscing at old stories from different races. But on the other hand, they’re just pieces of metal. And when I’m gone they’re going to tarnish and rust and probably get thrown in the trash someday, and when it’s all said and done you have to be thankful for the opportunities and the people that you meet and the opportunities that you’re given,” Allgaier said.
“You know, I think what I want people to know is just that I’m a believer in Christ, you know. That’s just been my goal since I started racing and it’s carried all the way through,” Allgaier concluded.
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