Event: AAA Texas 500
Date/Time: Sunday, November 6th, 2 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBC/PRN/SIRIUSXM
Time to make the chili: "BUSH'S Chili Beans returns to our brightly-colored No. 47 Chevrolet this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway," Allmendinger said. "Cooler temperatures are around the corner and it's the perfect time to make chili at the track or home with BUSH'S Chili Beans."
Texas Motor Speedway: "Going to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend is probably the most pumped up I’ve been in a long time to go there," Allmendinger said. "We've got a brand new race car and the last couple of mile-and-a-half tracks, we've had a lot of speed. There’s some setup stuff we’ve really hit on and if things go smoothly I feel like we can improve on our past results."
Staying grounded: "Even though I'm pumped about Texas, I don’t want to be overexcited because I know it’s a track I’ve struggled at no matter what," Allmendinger said. "So, I think there is still a little bit there we’ve got to learn. I feel like our race car is going to be a lot better this time. The way we've been running at mile-and-a-halfs recently has me ready to go to both Texas and Homestead-Miami Speedway and finish this season out on a strong note."
Adapting to change: "Texas Motor Speedway is a place that changes a lot from Friday to Sunday," Allmendinger said. "There’s nearly no rubber when you get there and there’s a ton of grip. And, you feel like, ‘Okay, this is how it’s going to be’ and then all of the sudden there’s rubber build up and it’s really slick."
Bumps: "In Turns 1 and 2, there are not harsh bumps, but they’ve got some choppy bumps that you’ve got to work through," Allmendinger said. "The top lanes are definitely bumpy up there. It’s a different kind of feel you have to get from running the bottom to top. It’s one of those mile-and-a-halfs - kind of like Atlanta Motor Speedway now - where it really just eats the tires up and you are sliding around, which makes it fun if your car is good."
Coming together: “We’re ready for Texas,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. “We’ve had three or four really good runs here in the past month. Our mile-and-a-half program is coming together pretty well. We’re looking forward to going to Texas and the last few races in general.”
Make that four in a row: “We’re definitely focused on continuing our streak of top-10 finishes for sure,” Burnett said. “It’s very reasonable for us to do that with the way we’ve been running on intermediate tracks recently. We’re taking a different package from what we ran in the spring because we struggled. We’ve learned a lot since then. So, we’re taking a different package back to try something completely different from what we had in the spring. We’re looking to get back to a mile-and-a-half track and see how our speed is again.”
Career Starts: 296
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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