St. Louis II: Justin Allgaier preview

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-017 in Saturday afternoon's 5-Hour Energy 250 at Gateway International Raceway. This is the same Dodge Charger that Allgaier used to record his first career ...

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-017 in Saturday afternoon's 5-Hour Energy 250 at Gateway 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. It then raced at Richmond International Raceway in April, where the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year started ninth and finished 15th. Most recently, Allgaier raced this chassis to a 25th-place finish at Gateway in July, where he was involved in a late-race incident.

* Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NNS championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at GIR. He trails current point leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 851 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 336 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 eighth, by 600 points.

* Driver of the Week ... Nationwide has selected Allgaier as this week's Driver of the Week.

* 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 ... Fans can meet Allgaier on Thursday, October 21 from 6 -- 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless store located at 1108 Collinsville Crossing Blvd. in Collinsville, Ill. The following day, he will sign for fans at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at GIR, from 12 -- 12:30 p.m. He will return to the trailer on Saturday from 11 -- 11:30 a.m.

Justin Allgaier on Gateway International Raceway

"There's always a compromise at Gateway, and I've always been a believer in making the car better at one end or the other. You know when the car unloads off the truck which corner you're going to be better at. Turns 3 and 4 for me always seem to be where I hit it. It's wider than the other end of the track, which lets you build a lot of speed to carry down the frontstretch. That being said, the last time we raced at Gateway, it seemed the cars that were able to get off Turn 2 better were at an advantage. Our goal for this weekend is to find a decent balance, knowing that we'll have to sacrifice at one end to be better in the other."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Gateway International Raceway

"Gateway is a challenging track with very different corners at each end. It's like a paperclip in Turns 1 and 2, and has long, sweeping turns at the other end of the track. Getting our Verizon Dodge loose enough to turn in 1 and 2 while still being able to put the power down through Turns 3 and 4 is what will make our race a lot more enjoyable. This track means a lot to Justin; it's one of his favorites. We know that he'll be up on the wheel to get a good finish for his hometown crowd."

-source: penske racing

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