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

By Auto News Log • November 4th, 2010

FORT WORTH – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NNS Race Advance
O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge
Texas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010


• Dodge is seeking its first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship – its seventh overall title covering the three NASCAR national series..
• Dodge’s last NASCAR championship was in 2005 when Ted Musgrave won the Camping World Truck Series title.


Dodge driver Brad Keselowski leads the Nationwide Series in top-five finishes (23), top-10 finishes (26) and laps completed in 2010. He has completed all but one of the 5,884 laps contested this season. Keselowski has led the field for 1,146 of those circuits, marking the first time he has led more than 1,000 laps in a season.

JUSTIN ALLGAIER – No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Highlights:

• Has earned four-consecutive top-10 finishes in his last four NASCAR Nationwide Series starts.
• Earned his first Nationwide victory earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing and Dodge.
• Has one win along with nine top-five and 19 top-10 finishes, an average starting position of 11.7 and an average finish of 11.6.
• Currently fourth in the season point standings, best among full-time Nationwide Series-only drivers.
• Has two poles this season, most recently at Gateway two weeks ago.
• Has finished in the top 15 in nine of the last 10 races.
• In the top five in points all season.
• Was the 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year.

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

• Seeking his first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
• Can mathematically clinch the championship for Dodge and the first NASCAR title for Penske Racing this weekend at TMS with a finish of 21st or better or a 391-point advantage at the conclusion of the race.
• Currently leads the Nationwide Series standings by 485 points over Carl Edwards – his largest lead of the season. He has led the point standings the last 25 races.
• Earned back-to-back wins at Talladega and Richmond and has four wins in 2010.
• Has a NASCAR record 99 consecutive Nationwide Series races without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• His 2010 Nationwide Series totals in addition to the five wins include 22 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes.


“We’re close, but nothing has been decided yet. Our attitude going into this weekend is that we are behind in points, which we are in the owner’s standings. Regardless of how this season turns out, I’m proud of this team. To come out of the box like we have, with a brand-new team, is pretty remarkable. I told Mr. Penske when I made the move to Penske Racing that I wanted to run the full Nationwide Series schedule because I thought we could be very competitive. We were able to attract great sponsors in Discount Tire and Ruby Tuesday. We were able to bring in talented people, including my crew chief Paul Wolfe. To be in position to win the first NASCAR championship for Penske Racing is something that I take a tremendous amount of pride in. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger

“Texas is a fun place. It’s a fast mile-and-a-half track that has a lot of bumps in Turns 1 and 2. It’s got very different banking characteristics than Charlotte or Atlanta. It’s a place where you race hard every lap. We’ve had some decent races there, but the fall race has always seemed to be a weak point for us.”
Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger

Source: Dodge Motorsports


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