The Education of AJ
AJ's transition to NASCAR continued yesterday at California Speedway. AJ's No. 84 experienced some engine trouble during Friday's practice forcing his crew to swap engines from the back up car. The result was only 10 practice laps over two sessions. Not good for a rookie that has never raced at the sweeping, two-mile track. Hence, he missed the field in qualifying, but not by much. Then later in the night, he boarded the No. 00 Red Bull Tundra owned by Waltrip Motorsports and finally got his seat time for 99 laps. When it comes time to return to California Speedway next Labor Day weekend, AJ will be a big step ahead of where he was yesterday. Today he'll chill and watch Brian's practice runs to soak in more lessons.