Chicagoland: Justin Allgaier preview

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-032 in Friday night's Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway. Built new for 2010, this Dodge Charger debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in...

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-032 in Friday night's Dollar General 300 powered by Coca-Cola at Chicagoland Speedway. Built new for 2010, this Dodge Charger debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in April, where Allgaier started 18th and finished 11th. It most recently raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, where the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year started 11th and finished fourth.

* Welcome Home, Justin ... Allgaier, a native of Riverton, Ill., grew up just over 160 miles southwest of Chicagoland Speedway. He began his career racing quarter midgets in his home state at the age of five. Since then, he has claimed two poles, one win, eight top-five and 21 top-10 finishes in 56 Nationwide starts; two poles, eight wins, 31 top fives and 45 top 10s and the 2008 championship in 86 ARCA Series starts; and two top-25 finishes in eight Camping World Truck Series races.

* Just Shy of Halfway ... Just one race away from the official midpoint of the 2010 season, Allgaier has accumulated one pole, one win, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes, an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finish of 10.9. Allgaier has led 127 laps of competition and has completed 99.3 percent of the laps contested (3,080 of 3,101) over the first 17 races.

* Get to the Points ... Allgaier is currently ranked third in the championship point standings, 488 markers behind leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski, and 211 points behind second-place contender Carl Edwards.

* Best in Class ... Allgaier's third-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 eighth, by 396 points.

* Meet the Driver ... Fans can meet Allgaier on Thursday, July 8 from 6 -- 7 p.m. CDT at the Verizon Wireless store located at 12632 South Rte 59 in Plainfield, Ill. The following day, he will sign for fans at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at Chicagoland Speedway from 1 -- 1:30 p.m. CDT.

Justin Allgaier on Chicagoland Speedway

"Chicagoland Speedway is a very interesting race track. It's a mile-and-a-half track, but it feels like racing on a two-mile oval like Michigan or Auto Club Speedway. The backstretch isn't straight, it's got some definition to it. The track was built with the backstretch elevated so the fans on the frontstretch could see the entire track, so you drive uphill into Turn 2, and downhill off of Turn 4.

"Geographically, Gateway is a little closer to home for me, but Chicagoland isn't very far away. Typically more friends and family come to Gateway, but there's a fair share that have season tickets to Chicagoland Speedway. Hopefully, we'll have a decent cheering section in the grandstands on Friday night. I'll head straight to Springfield (Ill.) after the race on Friday and spend the week there relaxing and catching up."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Chicagoland Speedway

"Chicagoland Speedway is not the 'cookie cutter' track that it may be stereotyped as, as it has a curved backstretch. The drivers face a challenge with being able to put the power down early at each end of the track, especially off Turn 2. As always, a good qualifying effort will lend itself to good track position. With it being a very aero-dependent track, starting up front is extremely important."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Steve Wallace
Teams Team Penske