Martinsville rhythm: “Martinsville Speedway is a real rhythm race track where you try to find your braking points and let the car roll through the center of the corner,” Allmendinger said. “You need to get into a rhythm there. The biggest aspect is that you have got to have a car that brakes well and rolls the center to get the car pointed in the right direction."
Patience: "It took me a while to adjust because it is a tough race where so many things can happen," Allmendinger said. "You can get bunched up on a restart or moved out of the way. You just have to be patient because it is a long race. It’s tough but I’ve always enjoyed racing there. I have a lot of fun around that place. We had a good car there the first time around and finished 11th, but lots of things changed. Hopefully, we can have another good run.”
Stick with it: “The last time I heard, we were sticking with the car we raced with the last time,” Allmendinger said. “It’s really good to have the data from RCR’s (Richard Childress Racing) recent test because we can see if we want to go in a different direction or stay with what we have. It’s just good to have options.”
Good track for JTG Daugherty Racing: “Martinsville Speedway has always been good to us,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “Our RCR alliance partners tested there recently. They learned a lot of things that we should be able to apply to our baseline package. The test went really well for them. We should be able to improve on our previous 11th-place finish earlier this year.”
Front-runner: “Yeah, it’s a different tire, but we had a car good enough to win there in the spring,” JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said. "If we can adjust to the tire thanks to RCR’s test notes, I expect to run up front there."
Team goal: “I feel like we are on pace for a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings at the end of the season,” Burns said. “That’s our goal.”
Makes a difference: “For a company our size, we set a goal when we got knocked out of the Chase to finish top-10 in points,” Geschickter said. “We got in an accident at Talladega Superspeedway and we could have said, ‘Well, there goes our day.’ But, everyone kept digging and we went from 34th to 23rd the last three or four laps and that’s huge. Those extra points may make all the difference at the end of the year. We will look back on this one and be glad we made that effort.”
Final four: “Joey (Logano), Brad (Keselowski), Kevin (Harvick) and Jeff (Gordon) are my picks for the final four in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” Allmendinger said.
Talladega recap: “The guys did a good job of repairing the car and it had good speed in it after we got wrecked,” Allmendinger said. “Honestly, I thought we were done because aerodynamics are so important at superspeedways. I thought we were in trouble. I was doing everything right and running where I thought I was safe and I didn’t do anything wrong. The wreck just happened around us and we got caught up in it. I was pretty down about it, but the guys did such a good job of getting the car fixed and the toe lined up. I was so surprised how much speed we had and then it was all about trying to get two laps back. We were able to do that. To get to 23rd from where we were running (34th) that’s 11 or more points than what we were going to get. It’s a big deal because every point counts. Hopefully, there are some guys that are not making the round that don’t have the energy level to go into the final four races and we can pick off a couple more. That is a lot of points we made up. They fought hard and we beat the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) and the No. 16 (Greg Biffle) and the No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) that had an accident. It was important to get back out there.”
In 12 starts at Martinsville Speedway, AJ Allmendinger has one top-five finish, two top-10 finishes and has led 26 laps. His best finish is second-place (4/1/12). His average start is 21.833 and his average finish is 20.583.
Career Starts: 223
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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Sunday, October 26th
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