Courtesy of Brandt.co
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 10, 2014) – Justin Allgaier made his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) on Sunday afternoon. The No. 51 BRANDT team spent Thursday afternoon at the 1.5-mile track for a test session. Allgaier completed three practice sessions and qualified in the 37th position for the Kobalt 400. After running a consistent race, Allgaier drove the No. 51 BRANDT Chevy home to a 31st-place finish for HScott Motorsports.
With chamber of commerce weather at LVMS, the 43-car field took the green flag shortly after noon local time. During the opening segment of the race, Allgaier worked his way up to the 33rd position on lap 42 while running the same lap times as cars in the top 10. As the race laps ticked off, crew chief Steve Addington made changes to the No. 51 Chevy, and Allgaier continued to log laps.
As the laps began to wind down in the 267-lap race, adjustments during the pit stops helped Allgaier maintain position on the track. On lap 220, the caution came out for debris and Addington made the call for fuel only to maintain track position. When the checkered flag flew, Allgaier brought the No. 51 BRANDT Chevy home in the 31st position.
Justin Allgaier on Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
“We had a smooth weekend at Las Vegas [Motor Speedway]. We had plenty of track time, and it gave me the opportunity to learn a lot with the testing on Thursday. The extra track time allowed me to work on my communication with Steve [Addington] and with the crew guys. It was nice to bring back an undamaged car after the race. We are going to Bristol [Motor Speedway] this weekend, which is somewhere I’ve won a race in the Nationwide Series, and won the pole last year. I hope some of that success will transfer over this weekend.”
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Driver Points: 29th
Next Race: Bristol Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 16, 2014
TV: 1:00 p.m. EST on FOX / Radio: 12:00 p.m. EST on PRN and SiriusXM Channel
Allgaier Leaves Phoenix With 30th-Place Finish
Compliments of Brandt Consolidated
AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 3, 2014) – Justin Allgaier made his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on Sunday afternoon. Even though weather threatened the weekend forecast, the No. 51 BRANDT team managed to complete Friday’s practice session. However, Allgaier’s first foray into NASCAR’s new knock-out qualifying format didn’t go as planned. On his first lap in qualifying, Allgaier got loose in Turn 3 at PIR and backed his No. 51 BRANDT Chevy into the wall. Upon evaluation of the car, crew chief Steve Addington made the call to bring out the backup car. The on-track incident earned Allgaier the 43rd-starting position for The Profit on CNBC 500.
The 312-lap race began under sunny skies at PIR. After starting in the 43rd position, Allgaier had plenty of opportunity to work his way forward. In the first 16 laps, Allgaier gained 11 positions, the most of any driver at the time. As the race continued, Allgaier settled into a steady pace until the competition caution at lap 35, when Addington called Allgaier down pit road for adjustments. After the race returned to the green flag, Allgaier radioed in that he thought he had a loose wheel. Allgaier and Addington continued to monitor the situation and ultimately decided to come back down pit road on lap 89. After the pit stop, the team determined that a right-side tire was indeed loose.
On lap 171, Allgaier was running in the 26th position and was involved in an on-track incident that damaged his left-front fender and forced him to come down pit road for repairs. The BRANDT pit crew worked on the No. 51 Chevy under the yellow flag. The left-front fender damage affected the handling of the BRANDT Chevy and Allgaier was unable to recover. He spent the remainder of the day logging laps, ultimately finishing in the 30th position for HScott Motorsports.
Justin Allgaier on Phoenix International Raceway:
―I can say I’m ready to move on to Las Vegas [Motor Speedway] after everything that happened this weekend. We ended up with two wrecked racecars, and that’s a tough pill swallow considering all of the hard work these guys put in. We are a smaller team and just don’t have the car count to wreck two in a weekend, so that’s frustrating. The good news is I learned a lot, and I feel that my communication with the team is getting better. The race incident was unfortunate because it damaged a couple of other cars too. I had a big run on the restart and went around a couple of cars, then the field starting stacking up in front of me and a couple of the cars around me made contact. A situation like that makes for a long day for everybody, but we will move to Las Vegas. Thursday is a test day there and I’m looking forward to it because the additional track time will be really helpful to me.
Phoenix International Raceway
Driver Points: 27th
Next Race: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Sunday, March 9, 2014
TV: 3:00 p.m. EST on FOX / Radio: 2:00 p.m. EST on PRN and SiriusXM Channel 90
Courtesy of BRANDT Professional Agriculture
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
(February 24, 2014) – Justin Allgaier made his first career Daytona 500 start at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 23. An afternoon race turned into a Sunday night primetime event under the lights after rained drenched the area.
The 500-mile race began under cloudy skies and with 46 laps complete, the red flag was flown due to rain. After a six hour, 21 minute delay, the field took the green flag again around 8:30 p.m. EST. Allgaier settled back in to the cockpit of No. 51 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet and began to log laps in the top 30 under the guidance of his spotter Mark Gregory. Eventually, Allgaier worked his way to the top position on lap 84, and the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender led his first career Daytona 500 lap.
On lap 146, Allgaier was on the frontstretch when another competitor came down on his No. 51 machine and damaged his right-rear quarter panel. The damage put the No. 51 BRANDT pit crew to work under caution. After making several pit stops to repair his quarter panel, Allgaier was still able to maintain a position on the lead lap. After another caution, Allgaier worked his way up to the top 20 with his damaged BRANDT Chevy and was setting himself up for the final laps of the race when on lap 195 another competitor spun in front of him. With nowhere to go, Allgaier and his No. 51 BRANDT Chevy were collected in the accident. Allgaier was able to drive away from the accident scene, but his car had sustained too much damage so he took it to the garage and finished the Daytona 500 in the 27th position.
Justin Allgaier on the Daytona 500
“Well, our day certainly didn’t end like we wanted it to, but that’s just Daytona. We started the race in the afternoon under warm temperatures, and then we had the long rain delay. The day was very reminiscent of my first Sprint Cup start last year at Chicagoland Speedway. It was scheduled to be an afternoon race and then rain came and we ended up racing that evening. Overall, the Daytona 500 was a good learning experience even with the way it ended. I was able to lead a few laps and really work on my communication with my spotter and crew chief. All of the guys at HScott Motorsports and the pit crew worked really hard today. It was a long day for everyone involved. I’m ready to get to Phoenix [International Raceway] later this week to do a little short-track racing.”
Daytona International Speedway
Finish: 27th (Accident)
Laps Led: 4
Driver Points: 25th
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One year ago today, we lost the visionary and founder of the Hoosier Racing Tire company, Mr. Bob Newton. We would like to take this opportunity to remember him and his contribution to the sport of auto racing.
The history of Hoosier Tire is one of an American Dream come true for two young, Indiana entrepreneurs who turned a personal vision into a reality.
It all began back in the early 50′s when Robert “Bob” Newton, along with his supportive wife Joyce, began a successful racing career on the small asphalt tracks of northern Indiana. Bob, like many of his fellow drivers, was not satisfied with driving on street tires with their limited sizing options and uniformly hard tread compounds. It was during these early days of “eating bologna sandwiches and sleeping on a creeper under his racer” that Bob had a vision to produce his own tires specifically designed for racing.
So, in 1957, Bob and Joyce decided to begin producing their own race tires by re-treading street tires with softer compounds. They began their business in an old abandoned horse barn in South Bend, Indiana, selling their tires to local racers. The “Hoosier” name was chosen for their company to reflect the origin of Bob’s racing roots on the short tracks of the Midwest. The company color of purple came from Bob’s #4 race car.
While the company had just two employees at first, it wasn’t long before the business began to grow. Soon family members, friends and neighbors were being recruited to re-tread tires. As the fledgling company began to master the available tire-making technologies, they set their sights on producing their first race tire specifically designed for racing. And so, in 1962, Bob Newton did just that through an arrangement with the Mohawk Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. For the next 16 years, Bob commuted from northern Indiana to Akron to design, engineer, compound and oversee the production of his tires.
Then, on Thanksgiving weekend in 1978, the Newtons were delivered news that could have ended the ever-expanding business that their small work force had worked so hard to develop. Mohawk was closing the Akron plant and, as a result, was about to end their ability to produce new race tires. Faced with this potentially devastating news, Bob and Joyce made a decision that has changed the face of racing forever. With their long association with the local bank, they were able to mortgage their home and Hoosier Tire to raise the capital needed to build the world’s first and only factory solely devoted to the production of racing tires. Located in Plymouth, Indiana, just down the road from the corporate office in Lakeville, the factory began production in 1979 with just a handful of employees under the name “R & J Mfg. Corp.” (for Robert and Joyce).
During the early years of R & J, the secret rubber formulas required to produce Hoosier tires were still being produced by outside suppliers. Finally, in 1985, as the business continued to grow, the Newtons were determined to eliminate the need to rely on outside rubber suppliers by developing the company’s own in-house rubber production capabilities. So, it was back to the bank to obtain financing for the first million dollar mixing plant to produce rubber compounds strictly for racing tires. The equipment purchased included the latest computer controlled “Banbury” to mix the complicated racing compounds as well as the components for an advanced testing and technology center.
The Hoosier name, while well known in the racing community by the late ’80s, was not yet a nationally or internationally recognized name. Then, in 1988, the company went Winston Cup racing, taking on the “Goliath” of the tire business. Hoosier, in its first year of competition in the series, went on to capture 9 victories and worldwide fame. The following year, Hoosier tires were on the winning car in the grand-daddy of all races, the Daytona 500. While this success was on a bias-ply tire, work had already begun at Hoosier on producing a radial tire that would work in racing applications.
In 1991, after three years of research and development, Hoosier introduced its own radial race tire into the Busch Grand National series with great success. That same year, Bob took his vision of complete in-house control of the manufacturing processes needed to produce Hoosier tires one step further. The company purchased a multi-million dollar, one-of-a-kind, new four-roll “Z” calender to go into an equally new state-of-the-art calendering facility next to the existing mixing plant. This innovation allowed Hoosier to apply rubber directly onto its own specially woven fabrics while maintaining the very tight tolerances that their engineers needed to build tires that would perform under the extreme speeds and high heat of racing.
In 1992, Hoosier took another bold step and decided to build its second tire building plant in preparation for the company’s return to NASCAR’s Winston Cup series. This tire plant was solely devoted to the manufacture of tubeless radial race tires constructed with inner safety shields and designed to run on super speedway tracks at speeds in excess of 200 mph. In 1994, after three successful seasons in the Busch series, the company made the move up to the premier NASCAR Winston Cup series where it went on to enjoy its most successful season to that time. In that year, the talented Geoff Bodine claimed victory on Hoosier’s innovative radial race tires four times in the #7 Exide Battery / Montgomery Ward “Auto Express” Ford.
The following year, Hoosier attempted to have NASCAR waive its “tire count rule” which required all participating tire manufacturers to bring enough tires to every race to supply the needs of all of the cars in the field. With this rule in place, Hoosier was required to produce roughly 2000 tires a week to sell only a few hundred during each event. This rule eventually proved too costly for the company to endure, so a financial decision was made to exit the top two NASCAR series, much to the displeasure of many racing fans. Despite this setback, Hoosier’s overall success and growth in the industry continued.
In 1995, Hoosier was chosen as the sole supplier for all series events for the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). This allowed Hoosier to continue developing tires for super speedway tracks. Also, the funding which had been used in the Winston Cup and Busch series was now available to assist an explosive growth plan which the company initiated at this time. Over the next several years, additional professional staff were added, including more engineers, compounders, product managers and track support personnel. The company financed further plant expansions and added more equipment. More production personnel and administrative staff were hired. All of this allowed the company to continue participating in its existing racing venues even as it penetrated additional markets while still assuring all of its customers a reliable supply of high quality racing tires.
In 1998, Bob and Joyce made the decision to re-name “R & J Mfg. Corp.,” the manufacturing side of their growing company, as “Hoosier Tire & Rubber Corp.” This removed the shroud of secrecy which the company had maintained within the community and industry concerning its manufacturing base.
In 1999, 15-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser signed a 2-year agreement to exclusively run Hoosier tires in 2000 and 2001. “The King of the Outlaws” went on to capture an unprecedented 16th series championship his first year running the Hoosier brand. This also allowed Hoosier to lay claim to their first Pennzoil World of Outlaws championship title in the history of the company. The success of Kinser and Hoosier during the 2000 campaign was recognized by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Museum with Steve Kinser being awarded the “Driver of the Year” award while Hoosier President and CEO, Bob Newton, was awarded the “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” award.
The turn of the century also saw Hoosier Tire & Rubber Corp. complete a massive multi-year plant consolidation and upgrade program which brought all operations together into one sprawling complex. Through the dedication and hard work of countless people within the Hoosier organization, the 3-year project was completed in just 18 months.
Today, Hoosier is the largest race tire manufacturer in the world, and all Hoosier race tires are still proudly “Made in the USA.” The company continues to be privately owned and operated by the Newton family, and founders Bob and Joyce remain actively involved in the day-to-day operations of Hoosier (as do many Newton family members). Hoosier has grown to be one of the largest employers in Plymouth, Indiana, and produces over 1000 different types of race tires. The company has its own 300-mph test wheel; a technology center; state-of-the-art, fully-integrated production facilities; and a model sales and distribution network in Lakeville, Indiana, which others seek to emulate.
The pride that exists among those associated with Hoosier “family” continues to be the focal point of the success the company has enjoyed over the years. Bob and Joyce, as well as others involved in the racing industry, marvel at the success and growth of the original business they started over 50 years ago. At Hoosier, we know that if you build a company with talented, hardworking people who care, and produce a product that performs at an affordable price, you will satisfy the needs of your customers and both you and they will be winners. This philosophy has been, and will continue to be, the secret behind Hoosier’s success in building “Tires Designed for Champions.”
New 15656 A40 – 11.0×6.5-6 Four Cycle Sprint Kart Rear
Hoosier is proud to release a new 11.0×6.5-6 tire with an enhanced construction that is designed to increase overall lateral grip on 4-cycle sprint kart applications and improve balance by allowing the chassis to rotate freely through the corners. In addition to its primary application, the new 11.0×6.5-6 can be used as a right side or right rear only tire for asphalt oval kart
applications. The recommended front tire to use with the new 11.0×6.5-6 is the 10.5×5.0-6 A40 (Item #15305 A40). The tire specifications are listed below.
The new 11.0×6.5-6 will be released in an A40 compound only, and is expected to be in stock soon. The A40 has a cold durometer of 55-57 and offers high levels of traction and durability. For more information about Hoosier’s Asphalt Oval Kart and 4-Cycle Sprint tires, feel free to contact Tim Baker at (800) 365-1955.
While recently the world focused it’s attention on the royal birth that took place, RaceTires.com and Hoosier Tire Midwest are pleased to welcome our own royal birth to our world.
The Buckingham Palace made their announcement in the manner of a proclamation that went through a series of hands….
We are simply going to announce the arrival via the world wide web with a newborn photo of our precious new addition: Ladies and Gentlemen, we introduce to our customers Harper Grace Allgaier who came into our world at 7:18 ET in North Carolina weighing in at mere 5 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches. Both baby Grace and Mother Ashley are doing well!
Congratulations to Proud parents Justin and Ashley and the new Grandparents Mike and Dorothy and Bryan and Gayle!
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