Phoenix II: Justin Allgaier preview

This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-017 in Saturday afternoon's WYPALL 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the same Dodge Charger that Allgaier used to record his first career Nationwide ...

This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-017 in Saturday afternoon's WYPALL 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. This is the same Dodge Charger that Allgaier used to record his first career Nationwide Series pole at Memphis Motorsports Park in October of 2009.

Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NNS championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at TMS. He trails current point leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 912 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 217 points.

Dash 4 Cash Winner ... While Allgaier's 13th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend wasn't what he hoped for, it was enough to allow him to clinch the 2010 "Dash 4 Cash" bonus program. For his efforts, Allgaier was rewarded with a $75,000 bonus from the series sponsor, Nationwide Insurance.

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 ... Allgaier will sign autographs at Wal-Mart, located at 1825 West Bell Road in Phoenix, Ariz. on Thursday, November 11 from 5 - 6 p.m. MST. On Saturday, November 13, fans can meet Allgaier at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at PIR from 11:25 -- 11:55 a.m.

Justin Allgaier on Phoenix International Raceway

"I really enjoy racing at Phoenix. It's good to head to a race track where we've completed almost every lap that we've attempted. At the same time, our finishes haven't been spectacular. I can't seem to put my finger on what's made Phoenix such a good track for me, but I think it has something to do with my dirt racing background. You're always searching for different lines in the dirt, and because of the differences between the opposite ends of the track, you're always searching for a line that will suit your car best."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Phoenix International Raceway

"I'm really looking forward to Phoenix. We are coming off a strong short track showing at Gateway, and we're bringing the same car we raced there. We had a top-five finish coming to us at Phoenix in the spring when a pit road accident took us out of contention. It's one of Justin's favorite tracks, it really seems to suit his driving style. We're feeling good about our chances for a top-five finish this weekend."

-source: penske racing

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