Track: Martinsville Speedway
Event: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500
Race Date / Time: Sunday, October 26th / 1:30 PM ET
TV / Radio: ESPN / MRN / SIRIUSXM
AJ Allmendinger got into a rhythm at Martinsville Speedway and his patience paid off as he brought home a ninth-place finish behind the wheel of the No. 47 Clorox® Chevrolet SS in the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500. It was the fifth top-10 finish of the season for JTG Daugherty Racing and now Allmendinger is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings with three races remaining.
“Having the test notes from RCR (Richard Childress Racing) was a help to us, but we went in a little bit of a different direction,” Allmendinger said. “It was nice having them to fall back on because they had a really strong test. Once again, the alliance with RCR and running ECR Engines is really helpful for us. Man, I got a lot of damage early on in the race and the motor ran hot, hot, hot all day, but the thing stayed alive and did not lose a drop of water. It shows the effort ECR is putting in and we want to thank them for their hard work and also thank Chevrolet. So, it was a good day for us. Honestly, it’s maybe one of the best days we have had all year and that’s in the sense of not being great early on, but fighting hard and the guys having good pit stops. We had a couple of adjustments there where Brian (Burns crew chief) really kind of clicked in and the car was really good. Actually, I was sad to see all those yellows come out. Once I figured out the long run, my car was really good even before that last caution. I was trying to be nice to the No. 31 (Ryan Newman) knowing he’s battling for the championship. I was quicker than they were. In a way, ninth is a little disappointing. Overall, I am really proud of the team. It was probably one of the best efforts we have had all year.”
"We actually felt like we had a better car than a top-10 car," crew chief Brian Burns said. "I feel like we had a top-five car for sure. When we really don’t want a caution to come, that’s when they do and vice versa. It always works out that way for us it seems like. All and all, it’s good to be in a position where you can try to gamble like that anyway."
Career Starts: 224
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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Last week we selected T.J. Anderson as our #47FanOfTheWeek and she will have her photo featured on AJ Allmendinger's Clorox car at Martinsville this weekend.
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Sunday, October 26th
11 AM JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets at Hauler