Charlotte II: Justin Allgaier preview

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-206 in Friday night's Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Built new for 2010, this Dodge Challenger raced at Michigan International Speedway in...

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-206 in Friday night's Dollar General 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Built new for 2010, this Dodge Challenger raced at Michigan International Speedway in August, where Allgaier started seventh and finished fourth.

* Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NNS championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at CMS. He trails current point leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 826 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 341 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 Trevor Bayne, currently ranked eighth, by 547 points.

* Cast Your Vote ... Some 30,000 fans have cast their votes since July 6, and Allgaier is currently ranked among the top-five in the NNS Most Popular Driver award voting (through Wednesday, Sept. 15). Fans can visit www.nascarnationwideseries.com to vote for their favorite NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. Voting continues through Saturday, November 13.

* Meet the Driver ... Fans can meet Allgaier on Thursday, October 14 at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at Charlotte Motor Speedway from 1:30 -- 2:00 p.m. The following day, he will participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series group autograph session, on pit road at CMS, from 1 -- 2:00 p.m.

* Homecoming ... Two members of the Verizon team hail from the greater Charlotte area. Engine tuner Dave Ward calls Hertford, N.C. his hometown, and spotter Chris Osborne is from High Point, N.C.

Justin Allgaier on Charlotte Motor Speedway

"Charlotte is a great track in terms of the 1.5-mile speedways. The front straightaway, I swear it's flat. As you drive into Turn 1, you're looking at this massive asphalt wall. Your brain tells you to lift, but your right foot stays in the throttle. The track has a lot of speed. It's also got some character in terms of the bumps in the track. It's a fun place to race, especially in front of so many Penske Racing employees and their families."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Charlotte Motor Speedway

"Charlotte Motor Speedway is a great 1.5-mile track. Handling and track position are the keys to success. This is the last time we'll race the new Dodge Challenger in 2011, and I'm really excited about that. Penske Racing has been the class of the field in the races that we've used the new Nationwide Series cars, and I fully expect the same result this weekend."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Trevor Bayne , Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Kyle Busch
Teams Team Penske