Late-Race Contact, Lost Track Position Relegate Allgaier to an Eighth-Place Finish at Phoenix International Raceway
November 14, 2010
AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 14, 2010) – Justin Allgaier, driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Verizon Dodge in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, started third and appeared to have a top-five car for much of Saturday’s WYPALL 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, but lost track position and late-race contact relegated the third-year driver to an eighth-place finish.
Allgaier’s 20th top-10 finish of the 2010 season allows him to maintain the fourth position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings. With just one race remaining in the 2010 season, Allgaier trails point leader and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski by 930 markers, and third-place contender Kyle Busch by 195 points.
As green-flag conditions prevailed, Allgaier was able to overcome his handling woes to place the No. 12 as high as the second position on the scoring pylon at lap 88.
When the No. 00 machine made contact with the outside retaining wall to bring out the caution flag at lap 115, the leaders came to pit road for what would be their final stop of the day. The Chad Walter-led crew again performed routine service of four tires and fuel, with minor air pressure adjustments to help fine-tune their Verizon machine. After lining up fifth for the lap-121 restart, Allgaier found himself in several battles for position. Unfortunately, the lack of clean air took away much of the turning ability of his Dodge. In the closing laps, Allgaier and Aric Almirola battled side-by-side for the seventh position. At lap 193, the No. 88 machine made contact with the No. 12, resulting in right-side damage. Despite his best efforts, he could not overcome his handling issues and damage sustained in the incident, resulting in an eighth-place finished when the checkered flag was displayed.
Next weekend, the NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers and crews head to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the final event of the 2010 season. ESPN2’s live television coverage of the Ford 300 begins Saturday, November 20 at 4 p.m. EDT. The event will also be broadcast live on MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.Back to previous page.
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