Richmond: Justin Allgaier preview

No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger News and Notes * This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team and driver Justin Allgaier will race chassis PRS-017 during Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond ...

No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger News and Notes

* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team and driver Justin Allgaier will race chassis PRS-017 during Friday's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway. PRS-017 has yet to see action during the 2009 campaign.

* New Look... The No.12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger will have a new look for the Friday night showdown at Richmond. The Penske Racing entry will sport a special paint scheme to help promote the upcoming theatrical release of "Star Trek."

* Rookie Watch... Allgaier leads the Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings for the fifth consecutive week. Allgaier has a four-point lead over second-place contender Brendan Gaughan.

* Autographs Anyone?... Justin Allgaier will appear at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on Friday, May 1st from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET. The trailer is located behind the front straightaway at Richmond International Raceway.

Justin Allgaier on driving at Richmond International Raceway

"Richmond is an awesome race track. You can race really hard into the corners and it is really wide to you have room to pass. We just need to keep our nose clean and make it to the end of the event. [Crew chief] Chad Walter is building great cars every week and it shows on the track. I am just so blessed to be a part of the Penske Racing organization.

"Racing on Friday night brings all the racers back to their roots. It wasn't long ago that I was getting out of school on Friday afternoon and rushing to the track to race Friday night. I think everyone, including the fans, love the night races. There is something about it that adds a bit of excitement to the weekend."

Crew Chief Chad Walter on racing at Richmond International Raceway

"We know we need to get a good starting spot in order to have a strong race. Track position is paramount. You have to keep your car in the lead pack all day to have a shot for the win. I am confident if we stay out of trouble all night we will have another strong run with our Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger.

"Our challenge is going to be getting the car comfortable for the race. We practice during the heat of the day and race at night. We have to make sure we do not over adjust the car for the track conditions. When the sun goes down, the track is going to gain grip and we need to keep up with it all night."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Justin Allgaier
Teams Team Penske