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Off the track ... with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier

Justin Allgaier signs autographs at Nashville in April. (Photo: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

Sporting News goes behind the scenes — and off the track — with 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year Justin Allgaier.

My first car was … a ’95 Camaro Z28.

My dream car is … If I could figure out how to put my race car on the street, I’d do it.

My average freeway cruising speed is … probably 75.

The best cruising music is … I have a very eclectic listening style. It might be country, rock, Christian — you just never know what’s going to be on the radio when you’re riding with me.

When I get a flat I … get very upset. I hit a pothole last year on the way home from Texas, and it was not the highlight of my day. But I changed the tire myself.

Hybrids are … the wave of the future, and it’s very important to save the environment.

I change my oil … every 3,000 miles. We have great Mobil 1 oil, so if I go a little longer, it doesn’t really matter that much.

My No. 1 car tip is … understand your car and know how to drive it before you get behind the wheel.

My No. 1 pet peeve with fellow motorists is … stupid drivers. And driving slow in the fast lane is horrible.

The last time I got a speeding ticket was … never. I figure one’s coming before long, but I tend to try to drive pretty safely.

On a scale of 1-10 my road rage rating is … I’d say 5. I’m pretty conservative.

I wouldn’t be caught dead in … a hearse.

— Reid Spencer, Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service

Off the track ... with Justin Allgaier From the Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service (July 28, 2010) Sporting News goes behind the scenes—and off the track—with 2009 Nationwide Series rookie of the year Justin Allgaier. My first car was … a ’95 Camaro Z28. My dream car is … If I could figure out how to put my racecar on the street, I’d do it. My average freeway cruising speed is … probably 75. The best cruising music is … I have a very eclectic listening style. It might be country, rock, Christian—you just never know what’s going to be on the radio when you’re riding with me. When I get a flat I … get very upset. I hit a pothole last year on the way home from Texas, and it was not the highlight of my day. But I changed the tire myself. Hybrids are … the wave of the future, and it’s very important to save the environment. I change my oil … every 3,000 miles. We have great Mobil 1 oil, so if I go a little longer, it doesn’t really matter that much. My No. 1 car tip is … understand your car and know how to drive it before you get behind the wheel. My No. 1 pet peeve with fellow motorists is … stupid drivers. And driving slow in the fast lane is horrible. The last time I got a speeding ticket was … never. I figure one’s coming before long, but I tend to try to drive pretty safely. On a scale of 1-10 my road rage rating is … I’d say 5. I’m pretty conservative. I wouldn’t be caught dead in … a hearse. — Reid Spencer, Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service