* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-027 in Saturday night's Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP). This is the same Dodge Charger that the No. 12 team raced at Phoenix International Raceway in...
* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-027 in Saturday night's Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP). This is the same Dodge Charger that the No. 12 team raced at Phoenix International Raceway in April, where the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year started seventh and finished 13th. It most recently raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June, where Allgaier started fifth and finished sixth.
* Get to the Points ... Despite last week's less-than-desired finish, Allgaier advanced one position, to third, in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings, 497 markers behind leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski, and 329 points behind second-place contender Carl Edwards.
* Best in Class ... Allgaier's third-place position in the point standings is best among full-time, Nationwide Series-only drivers. Allgaier leads fellow Nationwide-only driver Steve Wallace, currently ranked seventh, by 341 points.
* Allgaier at ORP ... In his only previous NASCAR Nationwide Series start at O'Reilly Raceway Park in July of 2009, Allgaier recorded a 21st-place finish.
Justin Allgaier on Gateway International Raceway
"I am really excited about heading back to ORP. Last year was the first time I'd raced there, and while we didn't have a great finish, I feel like I learned a lot about racing there. As a driver, these are the kinds of tracks that I love to race. It reminds me of Saturday night showdown races. My dad has a tire shop just around the corner from the track, and as far back as I can remember, we'd go and watch the races there. Penske Racing has a lot of history at the Brickyard, and I'd like nothing more than to make some history for them at the little track as well."
Crew chief Chad Walter on Gateway International Raceway
"Everyone loves going to O'Reilly Raceway Park. It's a track that, as a racer, you mark on your schedule every year as a place you want to win. As a crew chief, I have to take a different approach to ORP. The track is different than any other place we go. The top groove is the preferred line, but if you can get the car to work on the bottom you might be on to something. Patience is a huge part of ORP. We have to wait for our competitors to make a mistake and then capitalize on it. Justin has shown that he can race on any track, so I am looking forward to this weekend."
-source: penske racing