Event: Hollywood Casino 400
Date/Time: Sunday, October 16th / 2:15 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM
Sponsors at Kansas: "Dillons, Butterfinger and Coffee-Mate return as our primary sponsors this weekend at Kansas Speedway and we're glad to have them back," Allmendinger said. "It's been a great year spending time with our existing partners and getting to know our new partners thanks to The Kroger Company. We're really looking forward to finishing the season out strong for them and are excited about our possibilities next year."
Kansas Speedway: “Kansas Speedway is a little bit different mile-and-a-half track as it pertains to the shape of it,” Allmendinger said. “I kind of relate the shape of the racetrack more to Chicago (Chicagoland Speedway). The corners are a little bit flatter than Charlotte (Motor Speedway), Texas (Motor Speedway) and Atlanta (Motor Speedway).”
Applied learning: “We’ve learned some things with the new package on our race cars and we showed a lot of speed this past weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway up until we had a mechanical failure,” Allmendinger said. “We're going to Kansas Speedway with the same concept to capitalize. We had a decent run at Kansas in the spring, but a lot has changed since then. We’ll go there and apply what we learned at Charlotte and see what we have. I feel like we should be better than we were in the spring and have a really competitive race car.”
Competitive focus: “You really look at these last six races and we’re doing everything we can to get better as a race team every race - - take out Talladega because anything can happen there and it’s out of your control,” Allmendinger said. “Coming up at Martinsville Speedway, we will have the same car as we did in the spring where we finished second. I feel like the car will be even better. I think we can go there and be like we were in the spring and be really competitive and see how the race plays out. The other racetracks, I look at just improving. Phoenix (International Raceway) and Texas were two tracks that we were not as good as we wanted to be, but we are focused on being a lot better. I look at the rest of the year and all the hard work everybody is putting in for an early start to next year and feel really good about everything that’s happening.”
Best foot forward: “We want to go out there and finish on a strong note, obviously, and get as high as we can in the points for a lot of reasons,” Allmendinger said. “It’s about going out there, having a brand new car and improving on our race cars. We will continue to look at what we were able to accomplish at Charlotte before a mechanical issue. It was our first new car and it had a lot of speed. We’re focused on building new cars and getting a head start on what we need to work on and where we are at. These last races are really important for us and we will do what we can. If we put our best foot forward like we did at Charlotte, we can have speed and really have some strong runs.”
Right direction: “We had a pretty good weekend at Charlotte because we had a lot of speed in the car and that’s very promising for us,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. “We will keep working in that direction. It’s unfortunate that we had a mechanical issue that knocked us out of the Charlotte race. We are going to go to Kansas this weekend and take some of the things we learned last weekend and apply them there.”
Top-10 last time out at Kansas: “In the Kansas spring race, we finished eighth,” Burnett said. “We struggled in qualifying there, but had a good race car and had some breaks go our way and ended up finishing in the top-10. I think the car we are taking back is going to be better than that since we’ve made some updates.”
Leaving no stone unturned: "We are really working hard,” Burnett said. “We are in a tight points battle with the 21 (Ryan Blaney) and the 17 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.). Obviously, we want to finish out the season as strong as we can. We are trying some different things to learn as much as we can going into the winter and set up ourselves strong going into next year. We are trying to learn as much as we can and trying some different concepts before the end of the season.”
Picking up where the team left off: “We got a strong finish at Kansas because had some things go our way and we were there at the end of the race,” Burnett said. “I feel like we can go there and build on that. And, we have Martinsville around the corner, which is one of AJ’s strongest tracks. We’re definitely looking forward to that one. We’re also looking forward to going back to Phoenix and Texas to improve on our finishes. We have some things we are working on for both of those places because we didn’t run the way we wanted to. We’re working hard on the cars the next six races to finish out the season as good as we can.”
Career Starts: 293
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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