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Justin Allgaier Homestead-Miami Speedway Event Preview

November 17, 2009

Photo courtesy of Autostock



Justin Allgaier
No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger
Homestead-Miami Speedway - Ford 300
November 21, 2009

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-007 during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. PRS-007 last saw action at Darlington Raceway in May. Allgaier qualified the machine in the 16th spot, but raced his way into the top-five and crossed the finish line in the fifth position.
• Rookie Race... Allgaier remains the leader in the Nationwide Series Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year race. The 23-year-old driver leads Brendan Gaughan by just eight points entering this weekend's season finale.
• Teaming Up... For the second time during the 2009 campaign, Allgaier will enter a race with a teammate in the Nationwide Series. Penske Racing development driver Parker Kligerman will pilot the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Dodge during Saturday's 300-mile event.
• Store Visit... Allgaier will visit the Verizon Wireless store in Miami, Fla. on Thursday, November 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. The Illinois native will meet with store employees and sign autographs for fans. The store is located at 13623 South Dixie Highway in Miami, Fla.
• Fight for Fifth... Allgaier remains in a heated battle with Mike Bliss for the fifth position in the season-long series point standings. Allgaier is 14 points behind Bliss heading into Saturday's 300-mile race.
• Watch and Listen... The Ford 300 will be seen live on Saturday, November 21 on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The event will also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 128.

Justin Allgaier on driving at Homestead-Miami Speedway
"I am really excited about this weekend's race. We have been really strong on the mile-and-a-half tracks this season and I expect more of the same this weekend. Homestead-Miami Speedway is a great track. It has progressive banking, which gives all the drivers a number of different options when racing in the corners. We are racing a car that ran really well earlier this season at Darlington [Raceway]. It is important that we finish out the season on a strong note. That will carry us through the winter months. The Verizon Wireless team has done a tremendous job this season. I am really proud of what we have accomplished as a group. We know what we have to do this weekend and I know we are up to the challenge."

Crew Chief Chad Walter on racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway
"Homestead-Miami Speedway is a very unique track. It is a true oval. The challenge, as a crew chief, is to get the car to really turn well through the center of the corners. If it will rotate in the center, you are going to have a really good car. The progressive banking is a really unique feature. It gives the drivers the opportunity to run side-by-side, which puts on a great show for the fans. It is very important that we finish the season strong. When we started this team in January, we had very little inventory. The guys have worked their tails off to build us fast race cars. We have really accomplished a lot as a group and I am excited about what is to come."


Justin Allgaier Nationwide Series Career Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
   38              0                3                     12               1          $1,046,692

Justin Allgaier 2009 Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
    34             0                3                    12                0             $969,750