On Monday the entry list for Friday night's Sprint Showdown and also Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race were released and one team was noticeably absent. The No. 51 HScott Motorsports team that Justin Allgaier races for will not participate in the Sprint Showdown. The top two finishers in the Sprint Showdown will advance into the Sprint All-Star Race along with the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote.
Allagier was not going to win the fan vote since the Top 10 were released on Monday and his name was not among them. Those who are in the Top 10 are AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Casey Mears, Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Josh Wise.
Car owner Harry Scott Jr and HScott Motorsports competition director Steve Addington made the decision not to participate this weekend and instead focus on next weekend's Coca-Cola 600. The move is odd since usually teams can use the practice time and race they are in during All-Star weekend as extra practice for next week since Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts both events.
Allgaier is currently 29th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings after 11 races in his rookie year. He is the highest ranked driver without a top 10 finish this season. His best finish of the season was a 17th at Bristol Motor Speedway. Last Saturday at Kansas Speedway Allgaier was having a strong top 20 run before he was caught up in an accident on lap 186 when AJ Allmendinger spun and clipped him as he tired to maneuver past. His car was destroyed after a heavy impact with David Gilliland's car.
Allgaier tweeted a sad face after learning he would not race this weekend.
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