Track: Richmond International Raceway
Event: Federated Auto Parts 400
Race Date / Time: Saturday, September 6 / 7:30 PM ET
TV / Radio: ABC / MRN Radio / SiriusXM
16 NATIONS. 10 BATTLES. 1 WILL PREVAIL.
THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
NOTES AND QUOTES:
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is on and AJ Allmendinger is one of 16 drivers eligible to win the 2014 championship. Following their 23rd-place finish at Richmond International Raceway with the No. 47 BUSH’S® Grillin’ Beans® Chevrolet SS, Allmendinger and JTG Daugherty Racing have shifted their focus to the Challenger Round kicking off with the opening race at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, September 14th at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio followed by New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway respectively.
“We’re in the Chase and that’s pretty cool,” Allmendinger said. “It was a tough race at Richmond International Raceway, but Watkins Glen International is indeed a great memory and got us into the Chase. The race for me was no fun. It looked really fun for the cars that were hooked up. The last couple of weeks have been tough on us. I was hoping to get some momentum going into the Chase with a strong finish at Richmond. At the same point, we knew we might have to sacrifice the last couple of races because we don’t have many race cars in the shop and we had to get our three best cars ready for the first three Chase races.
“I feel like if we are at our best, we have a shot to get through the first three races and have a shot to move on to the Contender Round,” Allmendinger continued. “We did a test at Charlotte Motor Speedway and RCR (Richard Childress Racing) has given us a new car to get ready for Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway) this weekend. We’re in it so we have a shot at it. I’ll quote Lloyd Christmas, ‘So, you are telling me there’s a chance.’”
CHASE GRID OUTLOOK:
1. Brad Keselowski 830 (4 wins)
2. Jeff Gordon 914 (3)
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 883 (3)
4. Joey Logano 829 (3)
5. Jimmie Johnson 802 (3)
6. Kevin Harvick 788 (2)
7. Carl Edwards 777 (2)
8. Kasey Kahne 735 (1)
9. Kyle Busch 687 (1)
10. Denny Hamlin 659 (1)
11. Kurt Busch 651 (1)
12. Aric Almirola 628 (1)
13. AJ Allmendinger 611 (1)
14. Matt Kenseth 797 (0)
15. Ryan Newman 782 (0)
16. Greg Biffle 753 (0)
Career Starts: 217
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
FUN ON THE RUN:
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FAN OF THE WEEK:
Last week Jennifer Pazo submitted our favorite entry into the #47FanOfTheWeek contest, now we are looking for our next winner.
Who wants to have their photo ride along on AJ Allmendinger’s #47 Kingsford Charcoal car during the 1st Chase race at Chicagoland next week?
Send us your best AJ/#47 stories & photos and show us how much you support AJ and the JTG Daugherty Racing team as we race into the Chase For The Sprint Cup!
The fan submitting our favorite entry will win #47FanOfTheWeek and will have their photo placed on AJ’s #47 Kingsford car for the race at Chicago next weekend.
Enter online at Racing-Rewards.com or visit the @NASCAR47 Twitter page or JTG Daugherty Racing on Facebook for more details.
AJ'S WHEREABOUTS:Saturday, August 6th
4:30 PM House-Autry Dinner w/Guests and Sponsor Meet & Greets