Friday, June 20, 2008

AJ Returns to NoCal

During his 2007 rookie season, AJ Allmendinger missed the chance to show off his road racing ability in the last visit to 1.99-mile, 12-turn Infineon Raceway.

“Last year was one of the most disappointing to miss just because it was a home race and it was one of the road course races,” AJ said. “I was bummed.”

His hometown of Los Gatos, Calif., is only 100 miles away. At Infineon, AJ’s the local boy. “I’ll see my family and friends. They always come out,” he said. “It’s a busy weekend for sure, and there’s so much to do around Sonoma. But to me, it’s just another race and I’ll be focused on getting the job done.”

AJ is coming off his third top-20 finish in the past four races Sunday at Michigan. The 19-place run helped the No. 84 Red Bull Toyota pick up 30 points on the top 35 while remaining 37th in the car owner standings.

Sprint Cup cars practice for 90 minutes beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. Then they’ll qualify for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (7:05 p.m. ET). BV’s 83 goes out 20th, while AJ’s 84 is 44th in line.


Blogger Kristin said...

BV goes out 20th, and AJ goes out 44th. Good luck in Qualifying!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous theonlynick said...

Gooooooooo AJ!

1:48 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Great article on AJ:

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

AJ is in!!! :)

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

Brian start 26th. AJ start 36th

5:56 PM  
Anonymous AJ #1 Fan! said...

AJ did excellent. he mad the race. great job sweet

im ur #1 fan forsure

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that was borderline for AJ, I wasn't expecting that.. way to go, guys. Both teams are capable of a top 10 finish.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

AJ will have to start in the back because he blew an engine in the final practice. Good job by Vickers to get 7th in final practice too. :)

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

Bad Luck for A.J. cant get it started leaving pit road, gunna have to change the battery, this will ruin his day, he was doing alright too

3:12 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Good job BV and the whole 83 team, nice solid finish today. Now up to 15th in the points!

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great top 15 finish! Up one position in the points...keep it up 83 team!

6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a bad race in my opinion... the #84 took a hit in points. I hope we never have a bad one like this again. I was hoping for another great run by AJ. The #83 had an okay day, the problem they have is that the other guys trying to get into the top 12 (or staying in the top 12) are also running good.

Get it rolling again, guys. Good tracks are coming up.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Suzie said...

I disagree. Today was a good day. The 84 didn't take a big hit in points, and the 83 made about a 30 something point gain on getting in the top 12. If we can get through these next few weeks, we can make the top 12, and anyone who makes the chase can WIN the chase.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

Actually Curt AJ gained a point on the top 35 and he's now 109 out of the top 35. They will get theri game back on next week. Awesome job by BV and the 83 crew.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ is now 129 points behind, not 109, he lost ground. BV finished behind Matt Kenseth (12th) and Stewart (11th). They may have gained a spot, but they lost ground to Kenseth and Stewart, I see it differently.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Nomar said...

I agree, this day could have been a lot worse (from the 83 team stand point). I watched BV all day on racecast and it was a pretty boring race. BV only got passed once under green flag conditions (excluding the first two laps of the race where he was massively loose).

Way to keep your nose clean and avoid all the messes in front of you for a top 15 finish. Very pleased.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Nick B said...

Tough break for AJ. Good to see the 83 team hussle to help out the 84 on pit road! Good top 15 finish for BV, clean race and he is staying in the hunt for the Chase.

Go get 'em in Loudon!!!!

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea it could have gone worse for the #83, no doubt. But it seems like the #84 had the worst luck. What was his mechanical failure, the clutch?

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that they said that they had to change the battery.

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BV was 97 points behind 12th after Michigan. He's now 104 points behind 12th. lol sorry, but today wasn't such a hot day for us. Let's move on to Loudon, there's a bunch of great tracks for RBRT coming up.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think TNT said they had to change the battery on the 84. Not 100% sure though.


7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TNT was talking about this when they were listening to Kahnes Radio transmitons, something about his clutch was out and when it was time for him to pit they were going to have to give him a push start but Nascar would only allow them to push him 3 pit stalls past their pit. I think the same thing happened to AJ, which is why they kept pushing him, then stopping and going back.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is only 104 points behind because the people in front of him in the points besided Truex had a good day too...but he did move up to 15th in driver points....hopefully the momentum is still building and it all comes out and the next few race tracks...GO TEAM RED BULL!!!!!

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Gangsta said...

I watched Race Buddy on and listened to the radio the whole race. i dont have TNT on my TV. i saw AJ getting pushed back and forth about five times. They did change the battery on AJ's car. The day could of been worse if all of the top contenders like Marcos Ambrose, Elliot Sadler, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, and Jamie McMurray didnt get involved in incidents. Vickers would have finished in 23rd or 24th. You all should be happy for his 14th place finish. he could of lost a lot more ground at Infineon. remember there are still 10 races before the Chase. BV has a lot of time to get in there.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Amzy said...

On the broadcast you could see one of the problems was that there was the 34 car (i think it was the 34, i was half watching half studying for exams) in front of him and they had to push him around it which also created a problem cause that took up like 1.5 pit stalls.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Suzie said...

Oh, I see what happened. I had looked at the "live points" thing and it hadn't updated left. We got passed by a few people. At one point in the race we were going to make up like 40 points.

But I definitely agree that this could have gone a LOT worse. I expected a top 25 at best. We got lucky. If we can get through these next few weeks we'll be fine.

10:33 AM  

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