Kansas: Justin Allgaier preview

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-032 in Saturday afternoon's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas 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 afternoon's Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas 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 Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, where the Riverton, Ill.-native started 20th and finished 13th.

* Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NNS championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at Kansas. He trails current point leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 764 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 264 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 seventh, by 389 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 Friday, October 1 from 11:30 a.m. -- 12:00 CDT at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at Kansas Speedway. Later that evening, he will head to the Best Buy store located at 10500 Parallel Pkwy. in Kansas City, Kan. where he will sign for fans from 7:30 -- 8:30 p.m.

Justin Allgaier on Kansas Speedway

"Kansas Speedway is a really fun mile-and-a-half race track. It requires determination, a good car and a great pit crew to be successful. It's one of the few races where we're in the same place as the ARCA series, so I'm heading out early to lend them a hand. I always enjoy going back to the Midwest. Kansas isn't far from home (Riverton, Ill.) and I love going back and seeing all my friends and family."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Kansas Speedway

"Kansas is one of the cookie-cutter type tracks, but it's produced some exciting races. Track position is extremely important, so we'll put an emphasis on qualifying. If you don't have a starting position at the front of the field, then it's up to pit strategy to overcome that. We had a 10th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in July, so hopefully we can apply some of what we learned in that race to this weekend."

-source: penske racing

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