MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Before he races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Darlington Raceway, Justin Allgaier got a little tune-up Wednesday.
"I noticed some of them were racing pretty hard," said Allgaier. "It's just a lot of fun."
The rising Nationwide Series star took on fans at Myrtle Beach's NASCAR Speed Park. The winner among the fans won a pair of tickets to the Darlington 200 coming up on May 7.
"I think it's very cool," said Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning. "It's really a once in a lifetime opportunity, to be honest with you."
The fans went hard after those tickets—and the chance to beat a NASCAR driver on the course. Despite prominent "No Bumping" signs painted on every car, there was plenty of contact out there.
Still, the fan-drivers could tell who the professional was on the track.
"Just in the way he drives, his mannerisms, he handles himself very well," said Conway's Russell Unger, who took part in the races. "The way he drives the car, he was really racing hard."
Allgaier was happy to get a chance to meet some of his fans, and to give them a chance to take home some NASCAR glory of their own.
"That's what it's all about," said Allgaier. "Winning is why we come out and do this, so it's cool."
Algaier recently won his first Nationwide Series race. He will be in the field for the upcoming Darlington 200. He finished 5th at that race last year.
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