Sunday, September 30, 2007

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for AJ - there's no doubt to his ability as a race car driver, so getting him any extra laps is going to help him improve and help his cup team as a whole. Been an AJ fan for a long time and its great to see him getting so much better!! GO AJ!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

It's great to see AJ running better and have higher confindence because of the extra seat time! That's what TRB needs!

Great job guyz!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Niner-Two-Alpha said...

Can Marty Gaunt be re-hired?

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ is a great guy and its really good to see him finally get what he needs. Im glad RB was able to put the Busch deal together for him. Keep it up AJ!

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Nathan said...

Here's where we stand in owner's points after Kansas...

328 back from 34th place (#45).
289 back from 35th place (#21).

All hope isn't lost, but in each of the next 7 races, BV will have to make up 42 points on the #21 each race, or 47 points on the #45. That is a tall order, given that many of the next few races are COT races. BV needs a top 5 next week, in my opinion, to have a shot at the top 35, and Petty needs to get caught up in the big one (taking out Schrader would be helpful).

I know we're all upset, but if we give up hope in the team, how can we expect them to have hope? Part of being a die-hard is having faith in your team when it isn't rational to do so, and I know everyone who comes to this blog is a die-hard. So, let's get ready for Talledega and a Vickers repeat. :)

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:32 AM  
Blogger Krystle said...

Thanks for the info Nathan. Also don't forget that BV is on INC tonight

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im glad to see AJ running so much better - keep up the good work! Lets get em in talladega guys - we can do this!!

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

niner-two-alpha, you asked about Marty Gaunt being rehired and I started thinking about that. At first I thought, no way. But didn't RB fire Scott Speed in F1 and then rehire him to drive NASCAR? I'm not sure how that all went down, just started following.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

RB did not fire SS. You should check your facts. Toro Rosso not owned completely by RB. They are partners with others.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotcha, as I said - just started following, that's why I asked.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous 83TRB said...

Hopefully my response didn't sound too nasty, after I read it I think I could have put that better.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if marty would of got AJ seat time in busch early on think how good AJ would of done

4:14 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said... took they text right outa my fingers! We need to keep up the positive vibes! This week could have been so much worse, but top 35 is still within reach...I know Brian and the 83 crew can make it...I have faith in our boyz no matter what happens!

I'm ready for a BV Talladega repeat!!! Bring it on!!!! Good Luck Brian and AJ!!!


4:24 PM  

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