Thursday, August 14, 2008

AJ Can Rest Easy — For Now

For the first time in 53 races, AJ Allmendinger enters a weekend with a certain sense of comfort. His No. 84 Red Bull Toyota is in the top 35, and that status guarantees him a starting spot at Michigan.

“For me,” he said, “it won’t be the anxiety of, ‘Oh my God, we have to make this race.’”

AJ has reeled off four consecutive finishes inside the top 20 since the addition of crew chief Jimmy Elledge, with three of those being 13th or better. After an 11th-place showing Sunday at Watkins Glen, the No. 84 jumped from 37th to the coveted 35th position in car owner points. He’s in the show — regardless of what disaster might strike in the Irish Hills.

“It’s a big deal for at least one week,” AJ said. “But we’re only in (the top 35) by eight points, and I don’t want to say we’re good. All it takes is one little mistake, mechanical or driver error, and we’re right back out. Friday will definitely be a much better day this week, but we want to keep building on the momentum. I don’t want to just be in the top 35. I want to keep looking forward.”

Practice for the 3M Performance 400 begins at noon ET on Friday, with AJ's first stress-free qualifying session beginning at 3:40 p.m.


Anonymous savannah david said...

What a great job done by the 84 Team to get that car in the top 35. We're all behind you guys. Keep up the good work and keep looking forward. Go get 'em boys!

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job AJ, and to everyone back at the shop for building such a great car! Jimmy and AJ are a match, can't wait to see how they'll run this weekend.

Good Luck to both Brian and AJ, lets get both teams higher up in points!

We believe in both of you :) Keep up the GOOD work

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

Just FYI AJ is on trackside live tonight on Speed - 7pm EST

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Jason from PA said...

Just FYI AJ is on trackside live tonight on Speed - 7pm EST

7:00 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

Congrats AJ and Jimmy!!

Good luck to both teams for qualifying :)

7:17 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

Wow, BV is hauling the mail in practice. Looks like he might be a pole contender. AJ is top 20, but he may be working on race runs now that he has that luxury. :-)

Can't wait to see what AJ has to say on Trackside. I'm a huge Elliott Sadler fan, but a small part of me just wants AJ to stand up and say, "What's my name? Know my name now?" LOL

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope AJ gets resigned for next year. Ive followed the top 35 in owner pts more than the chase this year. watching AJ climb from the bottom up has been truly exciting.

hopefully we get the chance to see AJ win next year but thats up to the austrian boys @ redbull.

3:42 PM  

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