Dodge Motorsports Notes and Quotes – NNS Race Advance – Richmond International Raceway

By Auto News Log • September 8th, 2010

Dodge Motorsports NNS Race Advance
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Richmond International Raceway
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010


• The Dodge Challenger will return to competition this weekend, the third of four races for the “new car” this season. The “new car” will also compete at Charlotte and be fully integrated in 2011.
• Dodge Challenger sales were up 190 percent, compared with the same month in 2009.
• The NNS Dodge Challenger returned to victory lane (Keselowski) at Michigan International Speedway last June after nearly a 30 year absence from NASCAR competition.


Penske Racing’s Dodges have recorded six poles and five wins along with a combined 24 top-five and 35 top-10 finishes. Dodge has been atop the leaderboard for 1,055 laps with drivers Justin Allgaier and Brad Keselowski.

JUSTIN ALLGAIER – No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Highlights:

• Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing and Dodge.
• Allgaier has one win along with six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 26 Nationwide races in 2010.
• He is currently fourth in the season point standings, best among full-time Nationwide Series-only drivers.
• Qualified ninth and finished 15th at the spring event at RIR.
• Average finish at Richmond is 20.3 in three Nationwide races.
• Won the 2008 ARCA championship.
• Was the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Highlights:

• Currently leads the Nationwide Series standings by 332 points over Carl Edwards. He has led the standings since his win at Talladega in April.
• At the spring race at Richmond, Keselowski qualified fourth and led 189 of 250 laps en route to the win.
• Earned back-to-back wins at Talladega and Richmond and has four wins in 2010.
• Leads the Nationwide Series in top fives (18) and top 10s (21). He has only one finish outside the top 15 (Chicago – 21st).
• He is using chassis PRS-204, the same Challenger he drove to victory at Michigan in August.
• Has a NASCAR record 93 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).


“I feel that racing at Richmond is as good as it gets. The fans get to see good, close racing – and it’s at night, which makes it that much better. You carry a lot of speed down the straightaways, and when you get to the corner, it feels like you almost come to a complete stop. It’s a fun track. I wish there were more like it on the circuit, but I think that if someone tried to create a similar track, they’d have a hard time perfecting it the way that it’s been done there. It truly is a unique race track, and a lot of fun to drive.”
Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger

“The real challenge for us going back to Richmond is making sure we run well with the new car. It obviously drives differently. We won’t be able to use the setup notes from the spring race. That’s a little bit of a shame because we were so good with the old car, but we’ve also been very strong and consistent in the new Dodge Challenger. So I feel very good about our chances this weekend. We should be very competitive and I feel that we will contend for the win. Richmond is a place that I’ve really learned how to get around over the last couple of years.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger

Source: Dodge Motorsports




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