Race: Hollywood Casino 400
Date/Time: October 18th / 2:15 PM ET

Kansas Speedway: "Kansas Speedway is definitely getting a little bit slicker," Allmendinger said. "The last couple of races the groove has really widened out. The first race there this year, guys were definitely running up by the fence. Those first couple of races - just like with any repave - there was only one groove. You didn’t want to get off that groove.  It’s getting back to somewhat of an older Kansas. There are a couple of choppy bumps that are built in, but overall it is fairly smooth. Grip level going down and the groove widening up, makes racing a lot better there."

"There used to be similarities between Chicagoland Speedway and Kansas before the repave, but I think now Chicago has that old feel to it," Allmendinger continued. "It’s a lot slicker especially as rubber gets built up on the racetrack, but yeah they used to be pretty close. Turn 1 seems a little bit wider, not as tight and Turn 3 you go in and it seems just a lot tighter. You come off of Turn 4, you’ve got steering wheel in it and it gets free off because the wall comes back at you. So, I think the layout of the racetrack, they are really similar. Now the grip levels with Kansas being repaved and Chicago being a lot older is definitely a lot different now."

A lot of hard work: “The work the guys have done the last few weeks at the shop with Todd Parrott’s help is definitely noticeable,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “It showed at Charlotte Motor Speedway throughout the weekend. We are heading in the right direction and making progress. Everything that we learned at Charlotte, we are going a step further with our Kansas car to get to the next level."

Phoenix test: “Day 1 at Phoenix International Raceway was really spent putting more rubber down on the track in preparation to make some long runs today for Goodyear,” Burns said. “Today was more about Goodyear and they controlled our itinerary asking us to do long runs and testing different tire compounds. Everything went fine and was productive.

"Monday night, we were able to relax a little and spend some quality time together playing a little Golden Tee Golf," Burns continued. "AJ bet Quizno (Erik Davis, ECR Engines, Tuner) that he could beat him and he even gave him a 10 stroke advantage. Well, of course, AJ did win and now Quizno has to shave the rest of his beard off.”

Familiarity: “Obviously, Tad (Geschickter) and Richard (Childress) got together and I was available to come help out,” Todd Parrott said. “I was excited and glad because I’ve known AJ for quite some time. I followed him his whole racing career. When I was a crew chief at RPM (Richard Petty Motorsports) for Marcos Ambrose, he drove the No. 43 car. So, I was in the same building as him and got to know him pretty well.  He’s a pretty talented guy. I am excited to work with JTG Daugherty Racing to help out and do whatever I can to add a little depth and experience and just try to show a little bit different direction with some things.”

Getting to know the crew better: “We got to spend a little more time working on the Kansas stuff with car preparation,” Parrott said. “It’s nice to have some more time to just be around the people and learn the dynamics of the team and what everyone does. With the pit crew, I know they have had pit practice, but I haven’t really seen it so far.  It helps having a little extra time getting ready for Kansas, spending more time with the race cars and guys."

Above and beyond: “I told Tad, I’ll give you 125 percent,” Parrott said. “I feel like I’m in the race car with AJ because I know every part, every piece on the car and what is in it and what he is feeling. That’s the way I’ve been raised. I’ve been a car guy my whole life. I think that helps.”

Charlotte overview: “At Charlotte the things we did in the little time we had, it wasn’t a miracle,” Parrott said. “It’s not like there was something wrong.  I think we just got a few things lined up and in order. We had a good car all weekend really. We hit on something there in practice and we had a direction to work on. We didn’t wholesale the car or do anything crazy. We had a solid weekend, crossed the finish line on the lead lap and finished 16th. That's something we can build on.”


Career Starts: 257
Wins:            1
Top-fives:     7
Top-10s:      38
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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Thursday, October 15th
5:30 PM to 7 PM Dillons, 800 NW 25th Street, Topeka, KS 66618

Sunday, October 18th

JTG Daugherty Racing Sponsor Meet & Greets