Kentucky: Justin Allgaier preview

* This Week's Verizon Dodge... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-007 in Saturday's Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway. This is the same Verizon Dodge that the No. 12 team raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, where the ...

* This Week's Verizon Dodge... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-007 in Saturday's Meijer 300 at Kentucky Speedway. This is the same Verizon Dodge that the No. 12 team raced at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, where the 24-year-old driver recorded his first NASCAR win. It most recently raced at Darlington Raceway in May, where the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year finished 17th.

* Best in Class... Allgaier's fifth-place position in the point standings is best among full-time, Nationwide Series-only drivers. Allgaier leads fellow Nationwide-only driver Jason Leffler, currently ranked seventh, by 435 points.

* Getting By With a Little Help From My Friends... Chris Carrier will be atop the Verizon transporter for Friday evening's dual practice sessions as crew chief Chad Walter will attend the graduation of his step son, Andrew, from South Rowan High School in China Grove, N.C. Walter will fly to Kentucky to call Saturday night's race.

* Prelude to the Dream... Allgaier will return to his dirt racing roots this Wednesday night, June 9, when he will compete in the sixth-annual Prelude to the Dream at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Allgaier, who began his racing career on dirt at the age of five, will join stars from NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, Rally Car and motocross as they battle not only for bragging rights, but also for charity. Allgaier will team with A.J. Allmendinger, Ron Capps, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kenny Wallace and team captain Clint Bowyer to raise money for the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Ind.

* Busy Week ... Allgaier spent Monday, June 7 at Verizon's corporate headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J. for an employee day alongside his Penske Racing teammates. On Wednesday, June 9, he heads to Eldora Speedway, where he will compete in the 2010 Prelude to the Dream. From there, he heads to Indianapolis, Ind. where he will participate in a media event for O'Reilly Raceway Park before serving as grand marshal for the USAC race on Thursday, June 10. Friday morning he finally heads to Kentucky, where he will participate in events for series sponsor Nationwide before making it to the track that afternoon.

* Happy Birthday ... Dustin Coonfield, front tire changer, and Chad Walter, crew chief, will celebrate their 38th and 39th birthdays, respectively, on Thursday, June 10.

Justin Allgaier on Kentucky Speedway

"Kentucky Speedway is a great track. I've ran well there in the ARCA Series, and we had a good run there last year in our Verizon Dodge. We feel like it's a track where we can be competitive right off the truck. Qualifying and being on top of pit strategy are critical to being successful at Kentucky. We feel like we can go there, be competitive and get a top-five finish. That's what it's going to take to win the championship."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Kentucky Speedway

"While the Nationwide Series has raced at Kentucky Speedway several times, it's a very different track now after the upgrades and track grinding. The track has really opened up, there are multiple grooves. Drivers turn their best laps when the sun goes down, because there isn't a lot of grip in the heat of the day. It's almost a home away from home for me, because before the testing ban went into effect, that was a very popular place to go."

-source: penske

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jason Leffler , Ron Capps , Kenny Wallace , Ryan Newman , A.J. Allmendinger , Clint Bowyer , Justin Allgaier , Chris Carr
Teams Team Penske