Michigan: Justin Allgaier preview

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-206 in Saturday afternoon's Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway. This is a brand new Verizon Dodge Challenger that will be put through its first paces...

* This Week's Verizon Dodge ... Justin Allgaier will pilot Penske Racing chassis PRS-206 in Saturday afternoon's Carfax 250 at Michigan International Speedway. This is a brand new Verizon Dodge Challenger that will be put through its first paces this weekend at Michigan.

* The Challenger Returns ... Michigan marks the second of four events where the new Nationwide Series car will be utilized in 2010. Allgaier debuted his Verizon Challenger at Daytona International Speedway in July, which was the first Nationwide Series race that featured a Dodge Challenger since the early 1980s. Allgaier will race his Challenger again at Richmond International Raceway in September and Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

* Get to the Points ... Allgaier ranks fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship point standings heading into this weekend's event at Michigan International Speedway. He trails current point-leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 615 points, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 142 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 Steve Wallace, currently ranked seventh, by 268 points.

* Meet the Driver ... Fans can meet Allgaier on Thursday, August 12 from 4:30 -- 5:15 p.m. EDT outside the Turn 1 Grandstand Pavillion, where he will participate in the NASCAR Nationwide Series group autograph session. Additionally, he will sign autographs for fans at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer, located in the midway at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 14 from 11:45 a.m. -- 12:15 p.m.

* Welcome Home, Wilbur ... Ed "Wilbur" Peel, mechanic on the No. 12 Verizon Dodge, hails from Harrison, Mich., located approximately 150 miles north of Michigan International Speedway.

Justin Allgaier on Michigan International Speedway

"It goes without saying that a win at Michigan would be huge for our Verizon team. Roger Penske lives outside of Detroit and Dodge calls the area their home. It would be monumental if we were to win at Michigan. The track itself is huge. It's a fun track, but a challenging one due to the seams in the pavement. The track lacks overall grip, and that provides another challenge. I feel like this race will have a lot of interest being as it is a race featuring the new Nationwide Series cars, and I think we, as drivers, will be challenged because we'll have to drive differently given the new car configuration."

Crew chief Chad Walter on Michigan International Speedway

"Michigan is usually all about finding a comfortable car that can run multiple lines, which once again is no different for this weekend's race. It's going to be a challenge for crew chiefs to make that happen with the new Nationwide Series car. NASCAR did a fantastic job of choosing diverse tracks to run the new car at. Since this is the first time we'll race our new Verizon Challenger at a track like Michigan, we really aren't sure what to expect. With the Challenger having lots of drag and no rear downforce, we're certainly facing a challenge this weekend. With that being said, we are confident in our abilities as a team to rise up and meet that challenge, and hopefully be among the quickest to get dialed in."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Roger Penske , Steve Wallace , Kyle Busch
Teams Team Penske