Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 500
Date/Time: Sunday, April 9th / 1:30 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: FOX / PRN / SIRIUSXM


New repave:  “My teammate Chris Buescher went out there and did a track tour (media day) for a little bit at Texas Motor Speedway,” Allmendinger said. “He said it’s definitely wider. It’s one of those things though, it seems the repaves unfortunately aren't really good, you kind of get to the bottom lane and it’s got a ton of grip once you clean the racetrack off. We’ve seen with these repaves that it is one groove for a couple years.”

Practice is key: “I’m not sure how it is going to be different at Texas,” Allmendinger said. “It will be interesting with Goodyear not doing a tire test out there. I expect the tire to be pretty hard so that’s going to be a challenge; low downforce. Probably going to be pretty fast. I’m looking forward to it, but it’s definitely going to be interesting. No one has been on the racetrack yet. Practice is going to be quite key going to Texas. It’s crucial to get as many laps as we can with our No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet SS.”

Adjusting to change: “To be honest, I don’t think there are a ton of drivers that like repaves,” Allmendinger said. “There are certain places, like when Daytona (International Speedway) had to be repaved because it was chunking and you can’t have that for safety of the drivers and race cars. Texas is the same way. You can’t have a 15 minute rain shower and be in a rain delay for six-and-a-half hours. Even though you may not like it, places like that have to be repaved. You know it has to be done. Places like Atlanta (Motor Speedway) and Fontana (Auto Club Speedway), the tracks are old, slick and they are fun. Unless, they are starting to fall apart there is no reason to change that.”
Unknown factor: “Texas will be an unknown for everybody,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. “There is no testing there. It’s freshly paved, they reconfigured the track. It’s certainly going to be interesting. Everybody’s going to have to do their homework.”
Keep working at it: “We will unload and see what everybody’s got,” Burnett said. “We’re excited about going there. We’ve been really focused on our mile-and-half program and working hard on it.”

Good feeling: “Looking back at Sunday at Martinsville, it was fun and I can’t thank everybody at Kroger enough, all our associates, Tad and Jodi (Geschickter)," Allmendinger said. "Got Randall Burnett back after a three-race suspension and we needed a good run. I actually felt like a race car driver. Martinsville was a lot of fun for me.”

Confidence boost: “A run like we had at Martinsville Speedway certainly helps,” Burnett said. “Any time you run like that, show you have speed all day, fight through adversity, and get a good finish is a good day. That’s obviously a huge bonus. It gets everybody pumped up, it’s a good morale boost. Always good to have a strong showing like we did at Martinsville Speedway this past weekend."

Career Starts:  305
Wins:  1
Top-fives:  10
Top-10s:  49
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