Allgaier in, Annett out for Bristol Sprint Cup race

Justin Allgaier (Getty Images)
 Justin Allgaier (Getty Images)
Justin Allgaier (Getty Images)

Justin Allgaier will return to his former team for one race. The former HScott Motorsports driver has been tapped to replace Michael Annett for Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup Bass Pro Shops Night race at Bristol.  Annett is suffering what the team calls flu-like symptoms.

Allgaier raced the No. 51 for HScott Motorsports in 2014 and 2015, but parted ways with the team at the end of last season as the two-car team added veteran Clint Bowyer. Bowyer is in a one-year deal with the team before he takes over the No. 14 for Stewart-Haas Racing and retiring driver Tony Stewart in 2017.

Allgaier faced an uncertain future when the deal was announced late last year.  The team chose Annett who had sponsorship already in place. Allgaier currently races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for JR Motorsports. He finished second in Friday night’s Xfinity Series race, and he’s currently third in the series points standings.

In 22 Sprint Cup Series starts with the HScott team this year, Annett’s best finish is 20th at Coke Zero 400 in July at Daytona International Speedway.

Allgaier’s best finish with the team was 8th. That came in the spring race at Bristol last season.