Atlanta: Justin Allgaier preview

This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-032 in Saturday evening's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Built new for 2010, this Dodge Charger debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in April, where Allgaier...

This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-032 in Saturday evening's Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Built new for 2010, this Dodge Charger debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in April, where Allgaier started 18th and finished 11th. The 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year then raced it at Charlotte, where he started 11th and finished fourth. It most recently raced at Chicagoland Speedway in June, where Allgaier started 11th and finished 10th.

Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He trails current point-leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 734 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 135 points.

Best in Class ... Allgaier's fourth-place position in the point standings is best among full-time, Nationwide Series-only drivers. Allgaier leads fellow Nationwide-only driver Steve Wallace, currently ranked seventh, by 404 points.

Meet the Driver ... Fans can meet Allgaier on Friday, September 3 from 6 -- 7 p.m. EDT at the Verizon Wireless store located at 1445 N. Expressway in Griffin, Ga. The following day, he will sign for fans at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at Atlanta Motor Speedway, from 1 -- 1:30 p.m.

Justin Allgaier on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

"Atlanta is a fun, extremely fast track. When you talk to drivers about speed, Atlanta is definitely one of the first tracks that come to mind. The biggest thing about Atlanta is how hard you can race the track, despite how little grip there is compared to some of the other tracks we race at. Atlanta definitely has character; there are bumps and seams that can cause some problems. We didn't run very well in this race last year, but we didn't feel that our mile-and-a-half program was very good at that time. One year later, we feel that our program has turned 180 degrees and that we'll be in good shape come this weekend."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Atlanta Motor Speedway

"We had a tough race last year in Atlanta. Justin had never been there before, and with the schedule the way it is with practicing in the morning, qualifying in the afternoon then racing at night, it certainly provided us a challenge. Atlanta is quite a fast track, and a lot of fun. As the race goes on, there are multiple lines that form through the corners. We've got to make sure that our Verizon Dodge is comfortable to take advantage of this. Track position will be key, so our qualifying effort will be critical. The engine department has continued to deliver us outstanding horsepower that will certainly give us a clear cut advantage."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Team Penske