FFA Joins Brandt Racing for 2014 in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Justin Allgaier celebrates a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Montreal in 2012.

Justin Allgaier celebrates a NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Montreal in 2012.

FFA members will have a new team to root for in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season — including a driver who is a member of the National FFA Alumni Association.

FFA sponsor and scholarship supporter Brandt, Inc., announced Tuesday that Justin Allgaier would campaign the No. 51 Brandt Racing Chevrolet in 21 races at NASCAR’s highest level in 2014 — and that FFA would be on-board.

National FFA Organization is one of five organizations and sponsors that have partnered with Brandt to campaign for agriculture awareness on the company’s race car this year. FFA is joined on the car by Nutrients For Life Foundation, Trademark Nitrogen, Precision Tank and Grigg Brothers. Together, the brands are supporting the only true ag-focused car in the Sprint Cup Series.

“We are proud to help field the ‘Ag’ car,” said Brandt President and CEO Rick Brandt. “This is an effort to raise awareness and build a positive reputation for agriculture of all kinds. We believe passionately that agriculture is the essential industry and we’re doing our part to get that message out.”

Over the past three years, Brandt has sponsored Allgaier in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he
drove the Brandt Professional Agriculture No. 31 for Turner Scott Motorsports. 2014 marks a shift to be the primary sponsor for 21 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Harry Scott Jr, owner of Phoenix Racing. This year will mark the first full season of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition for Harry Scott Jr, after purchasing Phoenix Racing in the fall of 2013.

“I could not be more proud to represent Brandt, a leading company that’s headquartered about 13 miles
from where I grew up, as we make the leap to the world’s premier stock car series,” said Allgaier, a native of Riverton, Ill. “I am humbled and honored to carry the Brandt flag against such stiff competition. The 43 drivers in the Sprint Cup series are the best of the best — to be in that group, running for Rookie of the Year is an absolute dream come true.”

Allgaier, 27, joined the National FFA Alumni Association in 2013 and has supported FFA members with at-track events, chapter visits and two appearances at the National FFA Convention & Expo. He’ll kick off his first full-time Sprint Cup season at the close of National FFA Week in the 56th Daytona 500.

2014 marks the third year that the National FFA Organization has partnered with Brandt to raise awareness for agricultural education at the race track and beyond.

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