Richmond II: Justin Allgaier preview

This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-207 in Friday evening's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This is a brand new Verizon Dodge Challenger that will be put through...

This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-207 in Friday evening's Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. This is a brand new Verizon Dodge Challenger that will be put through its first paces this weekend at Richmond.

Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at RIR. He trails current point leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 742 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 191 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 439 points.

Testing, 1-2-3 ... Prior to heading to Richmond, Allgaier and the No. 12 team went to Gresham Motorsports Park for a test session on Wednesday, September 1.

Meet the Driver ... Fans can meet Allgaier on Thursday, September 9 from 6 -- 7 p.m. EDT at the Verizon Wireless store located at 7264 Mechanicsville Turnpike in Mechanicsville, Va. The following day, he will sign for fans at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at RIR, from 2:05 -- 2:35 p.m.

Welcome Home, Jay ... Jay Hackney, front tire changer, is the only native Virginian on the No. 12 Verizon Dodge team. Hackney was born and raised in Haysi, located about 360 miles west of Richmond.

Justin Allgaier on Richmond International Raceway
"I feel that racing at Richmond is as good as it gets. The fans get to see good, close racing - and it's at night, which makes it that much better. You carry a lot of speed down the straightaways, and when you get to the corner it feels like you almost come to a complete stop. It's a fun track, I wish there were more like it on the circuit, but I think that if someone tried to create a similar track, they'd have a hard time perfecting it the way that it's been done there. It truly is a unique race track, and a lot of fun to drive."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Richmond International Raceway
"I absolutely love racing at Richmond. It's a very challenging track, but it's without a doubt a racer's race track. We've been pretty successful with our new-car program thus far, so we'll look to expand on that this weekend. We'll certainly head to Richmond with confidence knowing that Penske Racing has adapted well to the Challenger transition. We had a successful test last week at Gresham, and we feel like we learned some things there that will translate to Richmond this weekend."

-source: penske racing

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