Track: Kansas Speedway
Event: Hollywood Casino 400
Race Date / Time: Sunday, October 5th, 2 PM ET
TV / Radio: ESPN / SiriusXM / MRN Radio
Kansas Speedway: “Kansas Speedway is fast and it’s slick,” Allmendinger said. “The track is really fast on Friday and Saturday usually. For the most part, depending on the weather, on Sunday the sun sits on the race track. It gets really slick, which actually makes it a hard weekend to set the car up for. In qualifying, it’s really fast. It’s similar to Chicagoland Speedway. Turn 1 is a little bit flatter, Turn 3 is a little tighter and has more banking feel to it. I have had some good runs there and I have had some bad runs there. We struggled there the first race. Hopefully, we have figured some things out with our No. 47 Clorox® Chevrolet SS as we return a second time this season."
Track changes: “Kansas is a lot like the mile-and-a-half tracks right now in general - - really the repaves,” Allmendinger said. “You get there and on Friday and Saturday and the track has a ton of speed in it. It’s really fast. You are not out of the throttle a lot. It makes it tough because you set your car up for those conditions. And then Sunday – whether it’s cooler out or whatever - just the track sitting there with the NASCAR Nationwide Series rubber from the race on Saturday, it just seems like when we drop the green on Sunday the track really gets slick and the repaves especially are bad for that. It makes it tough because on Friday and Saturday it’s all about speed. On Sunday, after the track has set there all morning in the sun, the track is just way different at the start of the race. It happened in Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway) as well. Still as cool it was all weekend, it’s just the way the repaves are in general. It makes it tough to set up for."
Pedal to the floor: “Kansas Speedway is one of the fastest mile-and-a-half tracks that we have now,” Allmendinger said. “Since the repave, there is a lot of grip around the race track. It’s a place where you really have to have your car set up right. But, as a driver, it’s challenging because you really have to hold that right pedal down. It has a lot of speed in it.”
Stand tall: “We have shifted our focus to Kansas," Allmendinger said. "Dover was tough, but just because we didn’t make it to the second round of the Chase doesn’t mean our season is over - - we have seven races left. Of course, we are disappointed missing the next Chase round by only two points. It’s only natural to feel that way. We know we have a lot left to do this season to run better. This gives us something to build on. We won a race and made the Chase. That’s something to be proud of.”
Aiming for company's best points finish: “Obviously, we are disappointed after Dover because we were so close to advancing,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said. “Looking back, we have accomplished a lot this season. Our focus is to finish as high as we possibly can in points. We want to gather as many points as we can to have an all-time high finish for this company. We didn’t run well the last two races and we are trying to figure some things out so we can put our best foot forward. Kansas is a new opportunity for us. We have a handful of races left and we want to maximize those races and give AJ the best platform to get the company's best finish.”
Kansas City: “Kansas City is a nice city and there are a lot of great restaurants and a lot of things to do,” Allmendinger said. “Honestly, there is a lot to do around the race track with the casino that was built and all the stuff right outside when it comes to food and things to do. I think it makes it a fun place to go to because you have so many options."
“I just like the city in general and we have a fun time when we go to Dave and Busters,” Allmendinger continued. “I smoke Burns (crew chief Brian Burns) in any kind of video games - - like Golden Tee. Also, Kansas Speedway has a basketball court and I beat Tad (Geschickter) last time. It's neat that there is a basketball court in the driver's coach lot. We have a lot of fun in that market."
Career Starts: 220
Pole Awards: 2
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 4/22/2012 Kansas
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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