Rumors floating all season that Phoenix Racing, the independent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stalwart led by James Finch, would be sold have come true as of Wednesday.
Team owner Harry Scott Jr., part of the Turner Scott Motorsports juggernaut in NASCAR’s Nationwide, Camping World Truck and K&N East Pro Series, has bought Phoenix on the Cup side and will run three of the last 10 races with one of his Nationwide drivers, Justin Allgaier. Further information regarding the purchase can be found on NASCAR.com.
Allgaier is a former Penske Racing protege made somewhat famous with Verizon’s “Little Gator” ads, who has finished in the top six in the Nationwide standings each year since 2009. He has three career wins and his three Cup starts will be the first of his career.
For the rest of this year, Allgaier’s car will still retain Nick Harrison as crew chief and Phil Barkdoll general manager of the No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet.
Allgaier will follow AJ Allmendinger, Mike Bliss, Austin Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Owen Kelly, Bobby Labonte, Regan Smith, Ryan Truex and Jacques Villeneuve as drivers of the No. 51 this year.
Bliss has been drafted in as a last-minute substitute this weekend at Atlanta for Labonte, who is being treated in hospital for three broken ribs.