Dodge Motorsports NNS Race Advance
5-Hour Energy 250
Gateway International Raceway
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
• Dodge has 33 Nationwide wins, six of which have come this season, its first
full-time season in NNS.
• If Brad Keselowski finishes 26th or higher in the final four races, he wins
the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver’s championship.
• Keselowski’s seeks Penske Racing’s first NASCAR championship and Dodge’s
first in the NNS.
JUSTIN ALLGAIER – No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge
• Has earned four-consecutive top-10 finishes in his last four Nationwide
• Earned his first NASCAR Nationwide victory earlier this year at Bristol
Motor Speedway, leading a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing and Dodge.
• Has one win along with seven top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 31
Nationwide races in 2010.
• Gateway Stats: Best start – 13th (July 2009). Best finish – 11th (July
• Currently fourth in the season point standings, best among full-time
Nationwide Series-only drivers.
• Has earned one pole, most recently at Nashville in June.
• Has finished in the top 15 in eight of the last nine 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
• Currently leads the Nationwide Series standings by 450 points over Carl
Edwards – his largest lead of the season. He has led the point standings the
last 24. His slimmest margin was one margin was one point (Charlotte – Race
• Earned back-to-back wins at Talladega and Richmond and has four wins in
• Keselowski has a NASCAR record 98 consecutive Nationwide Series races
without a DNF (Did Not Finish).
• His 2010 Nationwide Series totals, in addition to five wins, include 22
top-five and 25 top-10 finishes.
• Gateway Stats: Best start – 5th (July 2009); Best finish – 1st (July 2008)
DID YOU KNOW
Penske Racing development driver Parker Kligerman, who has one pole and two
top-10 finishes in 12 career Nationwide Series starts, will practice and
qualify the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger this weekend at Gateway
International Raceway. Keselowski will be at Martinsville Speedway preparing
for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race – TUMS Fast Relief 500 – and will travel to St.
Louis after practice Saturday.
DODGE NATIONWIDE SERIES QUOTES
“There’s always a compromise at Gateway, and I’ve always been a believer in
making the car better at one end (of the track) or the other. You know when
the car unloads off the truck which corner you’re going to be better at.
Turns 3 and 4 always seem to be where I hit it. It’s wider than the other end
of the track, which lets you build a lot of speed to carry down the
frontstretch. That being said, the last time we raced at Gateway, it seemed
the cars that were able to get off Turn 2 better were at an advantage.”
Justin Allgaier, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger
“Gateway is an unique facility and it’s a shame that we will lose that
uniqueness from the schedule next year. It took me a few years to get used to
that place, but it turned into one of my favorite stops of the year. So now
we are going to turn our attention to being the last Nationwide Series winner
at Gateway. I was fortunate enough to be the last winner at Memphis
(Motorsport Park). That is still one of my favorite wins. We obviously had a
great car at Gateway in the spring, a car that should have won the race. Even
though we don’t have that car anymore, I believe our stable of cars have
gotten better since then anyway. We’ll have to come from the back, since I
won’t make qualifying, but I’m confident in this No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge
team that we can make that work.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger