Stats from AJ's Seat Time
Sure, today’s LifeLock 400 at Kansas Speedway goes on without rookie AJ Allmendinger — and his teammate at Red Bull Racing, Brian Vickers — but you must look inside the numbers to see the benefits of AJ running here and there in the Busch and Craftsman Truck series.
Consider these digits:
— All totaled, AJ has run 2,303 extra miles in the No. 00 truck (Darrell Waltrip Motorsports) and No. 42 Busch car (Chip Ganassi Racing). That’s roughly the equivalent of five Nextel Cup races.
— AJ’s two best finishes in Red Bull Racing’s No. 84 have come the day after he drove the Busch car. His best finish of 18th at California came 24 hours after his first Busch start. The next week, he finished 23rd at Richmond — the site of Busch start No. 2.
— The best qualifying effort of AJ’s brief career was 11th earlier this month at Dover, and that came after AJ registered a goose egg in the practice laps column because of a faulty motor. No doubt the truck and Busch experience on the Monster Mile helped in that desperate situation. Too bad another motor couldn’t last.
AJ finished 25th Saturday at Kansas (BV was ninth), and next on AJ’s seat-time list is the Busch Series race Oct. 12 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.