Track: Richmond International Raceway (RIR)
Event: Federated Auto Parts 400
Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV/Radio: ABC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY RECAP:
It was another top-15 performance for AJ Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team. Allmendinger, who filled in for Bobby Labonte while he recovers from three broken ribs caused by a cycling accident, made an appearance in the top 10 and ended the night crossing the finish line 15th behind the wheel of the No. 47 BUSH'S Beans Toyota at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night.
Carl Edwards won the event by a 0.668 margin of victory over Kurt Busch. There were 17 lead changes among nine drivers and five caution flags for 29 laps.
When the checkered flag fell at RIR, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase points standings showed Matt Kenseth on top followed by Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. respectively.
"Ultimately, I'm proud of the team because they kept fighting hard and we got a top-15 finish out of the night," Allmendinger said. "We never really hit the setup I thought. We were just tight all night; really tight in the front. It was the tightest we had been all weekend and it caught me off guard a little bit. I felt like early on during the race, we had good speed on the long run. At the end, the rear tires were decent, but we never could make any gains on the front. The short runs were not our friend. A positive during the race is that we stayed on the lead lap all night, which is tough to do around Richmond especially on the long runs.
"The way I look at it is that it is not where we really wanted to be with the car, but we stayed in the top 20 all night and finished in the top-15," Allmendinger continued. "I think we are making gains and that is a big deal. We are making progress. It is going to be a long way and a lot of hard work, but I think we are getting there."
"We are making gains and were able to finish in the top-15 again," crew chief Brian Burns said. "There is a long way to go like AJ said, but we are making some strides. The guys are doing a great job at the shop, at the track and on pit road. We would like to thank BUSH'S Beans for being on board this weekend and all of our sponsors for supporting us throughout the year. We're getting better."
Career Starts: 187
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Start: 6/16/2013 Michigan
Last Pole: 4/22/2012 Kansas
Best Start: 1 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 2 4/1/2012 Martinsville
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
RECIPES AND MEAL IDEAS:
Visit www.BushBeans.com for Recipes, Tips and Inspirations!
"Black and pinto beans are spiced up with green chilies to create this Tex-Mex favorite." Prep Time: 15 Minutes. Cook Time: 10 Minutes. Ready In: 25 Minutes. Makes 6 servings.
1 medium green pepper, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15 ounce) can BUSH’S® Black
Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (16 ounce) can BUSH’S® Pinto
Beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes
with green chilies, undrained
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn, thawed
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 cup cooked rice
6 chicken breasts, grilled
1. In large skillet, saute green pepper, onion, and garlic in oil for 3 minutes. Stir in broth and cumin. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add BUSH’S® Black Beans, BUSH’S® Pinto Beans, tomatoes, corn and vinegar. Heat thoroughly. Serve over rice and top with grilled chicken.
TAILGATER OF THE WEEK:
At Richmond International Raceway, Dennis Shackelford from Greenville, N.C. was awarded with Tailgater of the Week. Shackelford had a giant can of BUSH'S Beans at his tailgate party along with a large grill filled with Kingsford Charcoal. Shackelford was joined by his wife Denise, family and great friends.
"We've been coming here for 20 years," Shackelford said. " Ryan Harold is our cook here and he's from Tarboro, N.C. We like racing and we like to party. My favorite driver is Kyle Busch. We like Denny Hamlin and AJ Allmendinger too.
Shackelford's buddy chimed in about his preference.
"I'm a BUSH'S (Beans) fan, but not a Kyle Busch fan," Brian Whitehurst said.
"Tailgating is what we like about Richmond," Shackelford continued. "I see my buddy, Mike Crisp, twice a year here. He's from Chesterfield, Va. We know each other from meeting here at Richmond."
Our Richmond Tailgate winners are the final team eligible for the Grand Prize, a trip to Las Vegas with the JTG Daugherty Racing team in 2014. All of this year's "Tailgater Of The Week" winners will now compete in a Facebook voting competition over the next 10 weeks until our "Tailgater Of The Year" has been selected. To cast you weekly vote, visit the JTG Daugherty Racing Fan Page on Facebook or visit www.JTGDaughertyRacing.com
Good Luck to our weekly winners!
Thursday, September 5th
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Radio, Tad Geschickter interview
Auto Racing Daily
MSN, FOXSports.com, Allmendinger to sub for Labonte
Friday, September 6th
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, AJ Allmendinger on with Dave Moody and Angie Skinner
MRN Radio, Qualifying and practice coverage
ESPN, Qualifying and practice coverage
The Gaffney Ledger, AJ Allmendinger hired
Saturday, September 7th
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Radio, AJ Allmendinger interviewed by Claire B. Lang during media rides at Richmond
ABC, Race coverage
MRN Radio, Race coverage
1 to 2 p.m. AJ Allmendinger gave rides to members of the media in the Toyota Camry pace car
4:30 to 4:50 AJ Allmendinger appeared at the Sprint Display for a question and answer session with the fans