JUSTIN ALLGAIER -- No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Highlights: * Allgaier, a native of Riverton, Ill., grew up just over 100 miles northeast of Gateway International Raceway. He began his career racing quarter midgets in his home state at the age...
JUSTIN ALLGAIER -- No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Highlights:
* Allgaier, a native of Riverton, Ill., grew up just over 100 miles northeast of Gateway International Raceway. He began his career racing quarter midgets in his home state at the age of five.
* Allgaier earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing and Dodge.
* Through the first 18 NNS races, Allgaier has one win with five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He started from the pole at Nashville and has an average starting position of 11.9 and an average finish of 10.9. Allgaier has led 131 laps of competition.
* Allgaier is currently ranked fourth in the point standings, 454 markers behind leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski.
BRAD KESELOWSKI -- No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Highlights:
* After 18 races, Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team currently lead the Nationwide Series driver standings by 227 points over Carl Edwards. Keselowski has led the standings since his win at Talladega in April.
* Keselowski earned back-to-back wins at Talladega and Richmond.
* Keselowski leads the NNS in top-five finishes (14), top-10 finishes (16) and laps completed (3,303 of 3,304).
* Keselowski has a NASCAR record 85 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (did not finish).
DID YOU KNOW
* Brad Keselowski set the track qualifying record at Gateway in 2009 with a lap of 33.158 seconds, earning his second-career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole.
* Dodge started 1-2 in the Nationwide Series for the first time this season two weekends ago at Daytona Int'l Speedway (Brad Keselowski and Parker Kligerman).
* Allgaier is running the same Dodge Charger that he used to record his first career Nationwide Series pole at Memphis Motorsports Park in October, 2009.
DODGE NATIONWIDE DRIVERS:
Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger
"Gateway has always been cool for me because it's the first speedway that I raced on. It has long straightaways and tight corners, and that makes it a lot of fun because you really have to drive the race track. You're only going to be good at one end of the track and you'll have to compromise at the other. We ran pretty well at Gateway last year; we felt like we could have contended for the win but we got beat on pit strategy. The guys did a great job; it was just unfortunate that we got caught when the caution flag came out."
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
"Gateway is a unique facility. It requires some different setups and different driver techniques. I think it's really good for the sport to have some variety and Gateway certainly provides that. There is usually a good fan turnout for the events there and the fact that we are going there twice this year is pretty exciting in that regard. It's a Dodge-sponsored race, so that means everyone at Penske Racing wants to win this weekend to ensure that the trophy stays within the Dodge family. I feel that with the way we have been running this year, we can go there and contend for the win."
-source: dodge motorsports