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Justin Allgaier Nashville Superspeedway Preview

June 2, 2009

Photo courtesy of Autostock



Justin Allgaier
No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger
Nashville Superspeedway – Federated Auto Parts 300
June 6, 2009

No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week’s Charger… The No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team will race chassis PRS-008 during Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Nashville Superspeedway. PRS-008 was lasted raced at Darlington Raceway where rookie sensation Justin Allgaier crossed the finish line in the fifth spot earlier this year.
• Taking the Lead… With his top-10 performance last weekend at the “Monster Mile” in Dover, Allgaier is tied for the lead in the Nationwide Series Rookie-of-the-Year standings. The 22-year-old Riverton Ill. native is tied for the lead with Brendan Gaughan. Both freshman racers have accumulated 124 points through 12 events.
• Other Hobbies… When Allgaier is not behind the wheel of the Verizon Wireless Dodge, you can find him on Lake Norman learning how to wakeboard. The rising star racer picked up the hobby a month ago after talking to his teammate Kurt Busch
• Birthday Boy… Saturday is a big day for Allgaier. Not only will he be driving his Verizon Wireless Dodge around the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway, but he will also be celebrating his 23rd birthday. 
• Press Time… Justin Allgaier will be in the Nashville Superspeedway media center on Friday, June 5 at 3 p.m. ET to talk with members of the press.
• Past Performance… Allgaier made four starts at Nashville Superspeedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The Illinois native’s best result was an eighth-place finish, which came last season.
• Watch and Listen… The Federated Auto Parts 300 can be seen live on Saturday, June, 6 on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 128.

Justin Allgaier on driving at Nashville Superspeedway
“I’m glad to get back to a racetrack where I have had some success at in the past. Nashville Superspeedway is a really cool place, but it is very challenging at the same time. There are long straightaways and tight corners, which makes it difficult for the drivers. It is tough to make the car handle well, but carry speed into the corners at the same time. Having laps on the race track and a better understanding of what it takes to run well should make our practices more productive. I will start practice with a better understanding of how the car is going to react and (crew chief) Chad Walter and the guys on the Verizon Wireless team can focus on helping get the car dialed in for the race. “

Crew Chief Chad Walter on racing at Nashville Superspeedway
“Nashville Superspeedway is a lot faster race track that people think. The corners are really tight and come up on you in a hurry. One of the keys to success is getting your car to roll through the center of the corner. If you can roll the center with speed you will have a good day. The driver has to be able to manage a free race car all day long. I think by the end of the event there will be two grooves on the track, which gives the drivers the ability to work on both the top and the bottom of the track.”

Justin Allgaier Nationwide Series Career Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
  16               0                2                      6                0             $425,531

Justin Allgaier 2009 Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
  12               0               2                       6                0            $351,681