Event: Bad Boy Off Road 300
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25th / 2 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN / PRN Radio / SIRIUSXM
BUSH'S Chili Beans: "Our car's red white and blue look changes this week and we have BUSH'S Chili Beans on the hood at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," Allmendinger said. "BUSH'S Chili Beans is a great way to spice up your favorite chili. You can have chili any time of the year, but temperatures will be getting cooler and now's the time to pick up some BUSH'S Chili Beans for at home or tailgating at the races."
Sign up for first BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off in Harrisburg, N.C.: “It’s almost Fall and it’s the perfect time for a BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off,” Allmendinger said. “You can possibly win a grand prize trip for two to the season finale in Homestead-Miami. You can start the process by going to www.bushschilicookoff.com to register for one of five BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-Off events. The first one is Saturday in Harrisburg, N.C. The five finalist will face off at Martinsville Speedway on October 30th for the grand prize. I’ll see you there and good luck!”
Track position: “New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a place that track position is probably the most critical thing,” Allmendinger said. “Obviously, you have to have a decent race car, but track position kind of dictates your whole day - - and you can get it or you can’t get it. Rarely, there are cars that are fast enough to just drive up through the field. Because of that, having a good Friday is really important and to qualify well. Qualifying well and then having good pit stops and the right strategy for the race is what we are focused on to have a solid day at Loudon. There’s enough strategy for you to try to get up there.”
Rolling the center: “For us in general, we are working on our front ends,” Allmendinger said. “Because Loudon is a track that’s so flat, it’s challenging to allow your car to turn without getting the back too much out of the racetrack. That’s kind of what we have generally had to work on and continue to work on. It’s a fine line between rolling the center and rotating perfect or being too tight or too loose. It’s something we keep trying to work on.”
Fine line: “It’s just a sensitive racetrack,” Allmendinger said. “The biggest thing really is you can make an adjustment or you don’t make an adjustment (air pressure wise) and if you start a few rows up or a few rows back everything about that racetrack is just really sensitive. You have to have your car good enough to go on the restart, but usually there you get long runs and you’ve got to have your car good for the long runs too. Everything about it is a fine line in trying to make it good.”
Move the needle: “We will go to work and see what we can figure out and move the needle,” Allmendinger said. “New Hampshire is a place we ran decent at the first couple times we went there and have some work to do based on the last couple times. We’ve been better this year compared to last year at some of these racetracks and we are working hard to get up into the next group.”
Working diligently: "Like AJ said, we're working really hard," crew chief Randall Burnett said. "Track position is essential at Loudon and we're focused on unloading good on Friday, getting a good starting spot for the race and having a good balance for Sunday."
Flat track: “New Hampshire is a one-mile short track that really drives like a short track,” spotter Coleman Pressley said. “It’s a lot of fun to go to. You really have to work on getting the car turning to keep driving it all day. It’s a fun place during the race because the groove kind of works its way down to the apron and you really have to search for grip. It’s prime to really let AJ know how low others are getting, especially off of Turn 2. That seems to be the big grip area. They close up a lot off of Turn 2 as well. It seems to be calamity corner. So, we will see what we can do to keep him safe during the race there.”
Career Starts: 290
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
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: Randall Burnett
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Bush Brothers & Company is proud to sponsor an event for fans of racing and chili alike – the first-ever BUSH’S® Chili Cook-Off, which will be held in five different cities. Participants will have a chance to win local prizes, go on to compete for the grand prize and take the checkered flag for flavor!
Every ingredient counts in great chili, and that’s why BUSH’S® Chili Beans will be a featured ingredient in each cook-off recipe. Participants are provided coupons for FREE BUSH’S Chili Beans, so every competitor has access to these flavorful beans made specifically for chili. The chili will be prepared at home and ready for tasting the morning of each event.
The five area cook-offs will take place in these cities on the following dates:
Harrisburg, NC: September 24, 2016
Hickory, NC: October 1, 2016
Clemmons, NC: October 8, 2016
Southern Pines, NC: October 15, 2016
Greer, SC: October 22, 2016
Then the competition really kicks into high gear, as the first-place winner from each of these area events goes on to compete at the regional chili cook-off held at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on October 30, 2016. There, participants will compete for the grand prize – a trip to the last race of The Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida. And because the best chili always goes fast, they’ll also get to attend the Martinsville race and meet AJ Allmendinger of the #47 team.
Registration for the local cook-offs is open until the day before each event. Hopeful chili champions need only visit bushschilicookoff.com for more information, and get ready to cook their way to the winner’s circle!