Race: Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500
Date/ Time: Sunday, November 15th / 2:30 PM ET
TV / Radio: NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM
Phoenix: “I know they don’t consider Phoenix International Raceway a short track, but I always feel like it is,” Allmendinger said. “Even though it is a one-mile low-banked track, I just think of it as a short track. We’ve been fast there in the past, but I feel like we have struggled in qualifying and that has kind of hurt us. Other than that, it is a place that we race well at. We haven’t got the finishes we have deserved, but we hope to change that this weekend and have some momentum going into the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.”
Primary sponsors: “We’ve got Fry’s and Clorox on the hood of our No. 47 Chevy this weekend,” Allmendinger said. “On Thursday, I’ll be stopping by the Fry’s Goodyear location (16380 W Yuma Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338) not far from the track to sign autograph for fans (5:30 PM to 7 PM). We do have an awesome platform to meet our fans thanks to The Kroger Company. So, stop in Fry’s to hang out with me before you pick up all your tailgating supplies. We’ll have a good time.”
Finishing strong: “I look at what we were able to do at Martinsville (Speedway) and we want to do the same at Phoenix, which is keep it in a small box,” Allmendinger said. “We unloaded solid, qualified third, led some laps and had a respectable finish. We want to finish out these last couple of races strong to build on next year.”
Test: “We were able to test at Phoenix mid-October,” Allmendinger said. “So, that’s a positive and I’m hoping we learned something from the test that we can go back with, unload well and have a really good race car on Sunday. Since they repaved it, I feel like we’ve been pretty decent there.”
Last time out at Phoenix: “When we were at Phoenix in the spring, we had some hurdles to overcome,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “We had a really good car and Phoenix is a track where we seem to fare well at historically, but we had a mechanical problem that set us back and forced us to drop to the rear of the field before the green flag. AJ did a great job of driving through the field and we were running just outside the top 10 when we faced another challenge as our jack man/pit crew coach (Mike Klein) went down with a calf injury. We ended up finishing 17th when it was all said and done.”
Making improvements: “The Texas (Motor Speedway) race gave us a little boost of morale even though we did not finish as high as we should, but we know we are making gains,” Burns said. “We feel like we’ve made some improvements for next year. Heading into Phoenix, we are better than we were there in the spring and we want to showcase that.”
Ahead of the game: “Last week was a busy week because we were getting ready for both Texas and Phoenix so we were set to switch things out when the race was over Sunday,” Burns said. “This week is not as hectic and we can focus on a game plan for the weekend and not have to worry about the busy work.”
Good direction: “It’s always good to finish the season on a strong note,” Burns said. “It will help us with the start of next season and it gives us a good direction of what we need to work on in the off season.”
Chassis: “We are bringing chassis 522, which was our Charlotte (Motor Speedway) car,” Burns said. “It had good speed and we’ve made a lot of improvements to it for this weekend. Phoenix is a good track for us. So, we are looking forward to this weekend.”
Career Starts: 261
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: Brian Burns
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5:30 to 7 PM AJ Allmendinger signs autographs for fans at:
16380 W Yuma Rd
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Sunday, November 15th
JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets