Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes – NNS Race Advance – Charlotte Motor Speedway

By Auto News Log • October 13th, 2010

CONCORD, N.C. – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NNS Race Advance
Dollar General 300
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

DODGE NUGGETS

• Dodge has 32 NNS series wins, five of which have come this season – the first full-time season in the Nationwide Series.
• Keselowski’s last Nationwide win came at Michigan in a Dodge Challenger.
• He is seeking the first NASCAR championship for Penske Racing.

DID YOU KNOW

Charlotte Motor Speedway is the final stop for the Nationwide Series “new car” in 2010. Full implementation is expected in 2011. Brad Keselowski drove his Dodge Challenger to victory in the most-recent race for the “new car” at Michigan Int’l Speedway. Dodge Challengers swept the front row during qualifying at the debut race of the “new car” at Daytona in July.

JUSTIN ALLGAIER – No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Highlights:

• Has posted three consecutive top-10 finishes.
• Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing and Dodge.
• In addition to one win, he has six top-five and 17 top-10 finishes in 30 Nationwide races in 2010.
• Best start at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a third in October 2009. His best finish of third came in May 2010.
• Currently fourth in the season point standings, best among full-time Nationwide Series-only drivers.
• Started from the pole at Nashville in June and finished fourth.
• Has finished in the top 15 in seven of the last eight races.
• Has been In the top five in the season point standings throughout the season.
• Was the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.

BRAD KESELOWSKI – No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger Highlights:

• Currently leads the Nationwide Series standings by 384 points over Carl Edwards – his largest lead of the season. He has led the point standings the last 23 races or since Talladega. His slimmest margin has been one point (Charlotte – Race No. 12).
• Earned back-to-back wins at Talladega and Richmond.
• Has a NASCAR record 97 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• In addition to four wins, his 2010 Nationwide Series totals include 21 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes.
• His best Charlotte start of third came in May, his best finish of second also came in that race.

DODGE NATIONWIDE SERIES QUOTES

“Charlotte is a great track in terms of the 1.5-mile speedways. The front straightaway, I swear it’s flat. As you drive into Turn 1, you’re looking at this massive asphalt wall. Your brain tells you to lift, but your right foot stays in the throttle. The track has a lot of speed. It’s also got some character in terms of the bumps in the track. It’s a fun place to race, especially in front of so many Penske Racing employees and their families.”
Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Challenger

“We’ve had some great races so far with the Dodge Challenger. I believe the car has really exceeded the expectations that everyone had. It’s been great. The performance that we’ve had with it at Penske Racing has been phenomenal. These Challenger races were wild card races, in my mind, this year and I think they’ve been our best races. We won the last race with the Challenger, at Michigan, and I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going at Charlotte and hopefully grabbing another win.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger

“Charlotte Motor Speedway is a great 1.5-mile track. Handling and track position are the keys to success. Penske Racing has been the class of the field in the races that we’ve used the new Nationwide Series cars, and I fully expect the same result this weekend.”
Chad Walter, crew chief, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Challenger

“Charlotte is a very fast 1.5-mile track, probably one of the fastest places that we go. You need to get as much speed out of the car as possible without sacrificing the handling. Charlotte is very temperamental to changing track conditions. Most of our practice time is during the day, but we’ll race at night. That makes our final practice on Thursday very important as it is the closest we’ll be to race conditions. This is the race we’ve all been waiting on for the new Dodge Challenger. This race will give us a glimpse of what we can expect for next year as intermediate tracks, like Charlotte, make up a large portion of our schedule.”
Paul Wolfe, crew chief, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger

Source: Dodge Motorsports

 

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