Nashville: Dodge Motorsports preview

JUSTIN ALLGAIER -- No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Highlights: * Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win two weekends ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 Penske Racing/Dodge finish. * Currently third in Nationwide Series driver ...

JUSTIN ALLGAIER -- No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge

Highlights:
* Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win two weekends ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 Penske Racing/Dodge finish.

* Currently third in Nationwide Series driver points standings, 31 behind the leader.

* In the first four Nationwide races this season, Allgaier has two top-five and four top-10 finishes. He has an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finish of 6.7.

* Allgaier was the 2009 Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Nationwide Series.

* Earned his first career Nationwide Series pole at Memphis last fall.

* Second full year with Penske Racing in Nationwide Series.

* Won the ARCA championship in 2008, posting six wins and overcoming a 105-point deficit in final race.

* In his first start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last season, Allgaier led five laps and finished eighth.

BRAD KESELOWSKI -- No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge
Highlights:

* Currently second in the Nationwide Series driver point standings, 31 points behind series leader Carl Edwards.

* Started from the pole at the SCOTTS Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, the fifth of his career and second consecutive this season.

* Won the 2008 event at Nashville Superspeedway after starting from the outside pole. It was his first career Nationwide win.

* Recorded career-high four victories in 2009 (Dover, Iowa, Michigan and Memphis).

* Had 22 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes in 35 starts last season.

* Has three top-five finishes in four NNS starts in 2010.

DID YOU KNOW

* Penske Racing has three Nationwide Series starts at the Nashville Superspeedway. The first came in 2007 with driver Sam Hornish, Jr. The organization also made three NASCAR Cup Series starts at the old Nashville Speedway located on the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Bobby Allison won one of his 58 career poles there behind the wheel of the No. 2 Penske Racing entry in 1976.

* Brad Keselowski has won three of the last 10 NNS races on concrete. He Leads all drivers in points earned in the last 17 NNS concrete races (1722)

* Justin Allgaier has Top 10 finishes in the first four races this season, the longest streak of his career.

Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge

"I feel extremely good about going to Nashville. This No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team has been running great. We are really starting to gel and I think we are only going to continue to get stronger. Victory Lane is just right around the corner and Nashville would be a great place to do it. It's one of my favorite tracks and I've been fortunate to run well there. I have one guitar, but I need to make it a pair. It is easily one of the coolest trophies in all of sports."

Paul Wolfe, Crew Chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge

"Nashville is pretty unique in that it is almost a 1.5-mile track, but it's concrete. Most of our concrete tracks aren't speedways so that provides a few challenges. Everybody will fight for the bottom of the track at the start of the race, but the groove will widen as the cars run. Most importantly, you need to have a car that is balanced for long and short green-flag runs. There is usually a caution with a few laps remaining that will setup a shootout so you have to be prepared for that. Brad has been very good at Nashville in his career and we need to give him a car that he can use to pick up his second guitar."

Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge

"I've always found that when you go into the 'stand alone' races where there aren't as many Cup guys, the competition is really, really intense. The guys that you're racing with on a weekly basis really seem to step it up. It all comes down to the fact that we want to win races. It's not like we feel that we can't when the Cup guys are racing with us, but when it's just the Nationwide regulars, you feel like you've got an even better chance.

Chad Walter, Crew Chief, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge

"Nashville Superspeedway is a faster race track than people think. The corners are really tight and come up on you in a hurry. One of the keys to success is getting your car to roll through the center of the corner. If you can roll the center with speed you will have a good day. The driver has to be able to manage a free race car all day long. I think by the end of the event there will be two grooves on the track, which gives the drivers the ability to work on both the top and the bottom of the track."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Paul Wolfe , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske