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CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY PREVIEW

Event: Bank of America 500
Date/Time: Saturday, October 8 / 7 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBC / PRN / SIRIUSXM

Quotes:

Harris Teeter returns for Charlotte race: "Our hometown store, Harris Teeter, is on the hood of our No. 47 car this weekend along with Stouffer's and their Fit Kitchen brand," Allmendinger said. "We're continuing to promote Harris Teeter's Express Lane Online Shopping service, which is pretty cool and super easy. It's basically set up to where you can order groceries online and just swing by their parcel pickup where they can load up your groceries. It can’t get any easier than that for someone that’s always on the go like me. You can visit www.HarrisTeeter.com and click on Harris Teeter Express Lane Online Shopping tab to learn more.”

Bumps and seams: “Charlotte Motor Speedway's surface has become rougher over the last couple of years," Allmendinger said. "It appears the track has changed a great deal. It’s got a lot more seams and overall it has a lot more bumps in the racetrack. It uses the tires up more than it usually has. More than anything, it’s made it tough to make sure you get your car over the bumps and across the seams okay. It’s trickier because of that. It’s one of the most temperature sensitive tracks that we go to on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. That hasn’t changed. The biggest thing is the seams and also racing at night when we practice during the day because the track changes so much from day to night. It’s always a challenge in general.”

Fast track: “Going into Charlotte Motor Speedway, we have a good baseline for sure,” Allmendinger said. “We will have a brand new race car and that’s why I’m excited about going there. The track in theory should be completely different. If it gets cooler the track gets a lot quicker."

Reflecting on last outing: "When we were at Charlotte in May, we didn’t have the fastest car, but we had a pretty consistent car and we ran top 15 most of the day," Allmendinger said. "I think going back there we can be even better. We definitely have somewhere solid that we can start from and have a car that’s well-balanced Saturday night.”

Multiple grooves: “Like AJ said, Charlotte is a really tough track,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. “It’s really, really fast. You slide around a bunch. There’s a lot of moving around. There are multiple grooves. We’ve got some new things coming that have us excited about going there. We’ve worked really hard on our Charlotte car. We want to get there and see what we’ve got for everybody.”

Improvements: “When we raced in the Open (Sprint Showdown) before the Coca-Cola 600 in May, it was really challenging, but we came back the next week and worked really hard for the 600," Burnett said. "We started the race and it was a bit of a struggle, but we got the car tuned up. We are looking to improve quite a bit this weekend."

Heavy hearts going into Charlotte: "We lost one of our own this week," Allmendinger said. "Chip Warren, who was a longtime JTG Daugherty Racing marketing executive team member and a NASCAR Official for many years before that and a dear friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be sorely missed by us and the racing community."

"Chip was someone we really liked and respected when he was a NASCAR official," JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said. "Then when he became a JTG Daugherty Racing employee, he became a dearly trusted and loyal friend. There is no replacing someone like Chip. We know he will continue to cheer us on from Heaven and we will miss him dearly."





Fast Facts:

Career Starts: 292
Wins: 1
Top-fives: 9
Top-10s: 43
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Randall Burnett

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Jennifer Chapple, Public Relations Director, JChapple@jtgracing.com, 704-507-8809

Posted Date: 10/6/2016

No. 47 BUSH'S CHILI BEANS CHEVROLET SS

Event: Citizen Soldier 400
Date/Time: Sunday, October 2 / 2 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN / MRN / SIRIUSXM

Quotes:

BUSH'S Chili Beans front and center at Dover: "We've got BUSH'S Chili Beans back on board with us this weekend as we head into Dover International Speedway," Allmendinger said. "It's Fall and cooler temperatures are around the corner. BUSH'S Chili Beans is a great way to spice up your favorite chili at home or tailgating at sporting events."

Hickory, N.C. BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off up next: “We just had our first BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off,” Allmendinger said. “Our second one is coming up this weekend in Hickory, N.C. You might win a grand prize trip for two to the season finale in Homestead-Miami. It's so easy to register by going to www.bushschilicookoff.com. There will be a total of five local winners and the finalists will face off at Martinsville Speedway on October 30th for that grand prize trip to Miami. I’ll see you there and good luck!”

Second time around: “The last time at Dover International Speedway, we had a good day going there until we got caught up in that big wreck that I think collected 18 cars,” said Allmendinger, who has three top-10 finishes at Dover and has led 152 laps around the track. “We were knocking on the door of the top 10 when that happened. Basically, I thought we had top 10 speed that race. The finish doesn’t really show how good we were there. I was pleased with the way the car ran and Dover's a place that’s always been one of my favorite racetracks. So, I'm ready to go back."

Fast aggressive track: "Dover International Speedway is a place I enjoy and love and it's such a fast racetrack where you've really got to have the back of your No. 47 BUSH'S Chili Beans under you to be aggressive with the track," Allmendinger said. "It was a place that I used to run really good at in past. I haven't run as well as I would have liked to in the past few years and I don't know if it's because of the new type of car or what. After running well earlier this year, I feel good about this weekend. We had a good car at Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway), but the results do not show the effort unfortunately. We're hoping we can apply some things we learned at Loudon to Dover and get the finish we deserve."

Optimistic: "When we were at Dover last time, we had a top 10 car," crew chief Randall Burnett said. "AJ knows how to get around that place. He's led a bunch of laps there. We just need to unload good on Friday and have a solid qualifying effort and follow that up with a solid practice day on Saturday and a strong finish on Sunday. I think the track suits his driving style and we're optimistic about this weekend."

Staying the course: “We are trying to improve every day,” Allmendinger said. “This sport is really tough. It’s always changing and you're trying to improve. Of course, the ultimate goal is always to win every race that we are at. If it’s not, then we shouldn’t be here. In the end, it’s always about trying to improve. What I find difficult is that if you judge off where you are at in points, sometimes you can look at it and go maybe we’re not as good, but that's not necessarily the case. Last year, we made small improvements, but we didn’t make the gains we wanted. This year we have a lot better race cars, our personnel is good and everything that’s happening with the race team is positive things. We know it's a long season and it's tough when you go through a stretch of races that are challenging. We know we have tracks that are good for us that we still have some work to do. We also have some tracks that we know, like Martinsville (Speedway), we can go possibly win the race. We have some tough racetracks too, but it's about making gains. We are way ahead of where we were the last two years. Sometimes you can’t judge what you're looking at in points. We are getting there. I’m not the best guy when it comes to being patient because I always want more and more. Tad and Jodi (Geschickter) and everybody on this team are taking the right steps. I really like what’s happening. It’s not about a points spot. Of course, you’d like to be the highest you can be at the end of the year, but I think it’s about taking these last races and taking the race tracks we’ve been really good and saying, 'Hey let’s go win this' and taking tracks we haven’t been as good at and say, ‘Hey you know what, a top 15 today is a great run for us compared to where we’ve been around here.’ That’s what we’ve got to look at."





Fast Facts:

Career Starts: 291
Wins: 1
Top-fives: 9
Top-10s: 43
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Randall Burnett

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Jennifer Chapple, Public Relations Director, JChapple@jtgracing.com, 704-507-8809

Posted Date: 9/28/2016

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Event: Bad Boy Off Road 300
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25th / 2 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN / PRN Radio / SIRIUSXM

Quotes:


BUSH'S Chili Beans: "Our car's red white and blue look changes this week and we have BUSH'S Chili Beans on the hood at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," Allmendinger said. "BUSH'S Chili Beans is a great way to spice up your favorite chili. You can have chili any time of the year, but temperatures will be getting cooler and now's the time to pick up some BUSH'S Chili Beans for at home or tailgating at the races."

Sign up for first BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off in Harrisburg, N.C.: “It’s almost Fall and it’s the perfect time for a BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off,” Allmendinger said. “You can possibly win a grand prize trip for two to the season finale in Homestead-Miami. You can start the process by going to www.bushschilicookoff.com to register for one of five BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-Off events. The first one is Saturday in Harrisburg, N.C. The five finalist will face off at Martinsville Speedway on October 30th for the grand prize. I’ll see you there and good luck!”

Track position: “New Hampshire Motor Speedway is a place that track position is probably the most critical thing,” Allmendinger said. “Obviously, you have to have a decent race car, but track position kind of dictates your whole day - - and you can get it or you can’t get it. Rarely, there are cars that are fast enough to just drive up through the field. Because of that, having a good Friday is really important and to qualify well. Qualifying well and then having good pit stops and the right strategy for the race is what we are focused on to have a solid day at Loudon. There’s enough strategy for you to try to get up there.”

Rolling the center: “For us in general, we are working on our front ends,” Allmendinger said. “Because Loudon is a track that’s so flat, it’s challenging to allow your car to turn without getting the back too much out of the racetrack. That’s kind of what we have generally had to work on and continue to work on. It’s a fine line between rolling the center and rotating perfect or being too tight or too loose. It’s something we keep trying to work on.”

Fine line: “It’s just a sensitive racetrack,” Allmendinger said. “The biggest thing really is you can make an adjustment or you don’t make an adjustment (air pressure wise) and if you start a few rows up or a few rows back everything about that racetrack is just really sensitive. You have to have your car good enough to go on the restart, but usually there you get long runs and you’ve got to have your car good for the long runs too. Everything about it is a fine line in trying to make it good.”

Move the needle: “We will go to work and see what we can figure out and move the needle,” Allmendinger said. “New Hampshire is a place we ran decent at the first couple times we went there and have some work to do based on the last couple times. We’ve been better this year compared to last year at some of these racetracks and we are working hard to get up into the next group.”

Working diligently: "Like AJ said, we're working really hard," crew chief Randall Burnett said. "Track position is essential at Loudon and we're focused on unloading good on Friday, getting a good starting spot for the race and having a good balance for Sunday."

Flat track: “New Hampshire is a one-mile short track that really drives like a short track,” spotter Coleman Pressley said. “It’s a lot of fun to go to. You really have to work on getting the car turning to keep driving it all day. It’s a fun place during the race because the groove kind of works its way down to the apron and you really have to search for grip. It’s prime to really let AJ know how low others are getting, especially off of Turn 2. That seems to be the big grip area. They close up a lot off of Turn 2 as well. It seems to be calamity corner. So, we will see what we can do to keep him safe during the race there.”




Fast Facts:

Career Starts: 290
Wins: 1
Top-fives: 9
Top-10s: 43
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Randall Burnett

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Jennifer Chapple, Public Relations Director, JChapple@jtgracing.com, 704-507-8809

 

Posted Date: 9/21/2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400

Event: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400
Date/Time: Sunday, September 18th / 2:30 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN / MRN Radio / SIRIUSXM

Quotes:



Activation: "We're thankful to have the best brands on our No. 47 Chevy throughout the season and they do a great job activating their racing program," Allmendinger said. "Our team does a great job of promoting and engaging with our brands. This Thursday, I'm dropping by Tyson in downtown Chicago to spend some time with employees before heading over to Chicagoland Speedway. It will be nice to visit Tyson for the first time and meet everyone. Also, we've got Kroger on the hood this weekend, as well as, DiGiorno Pizza and we'd like to welcome Hot Pockets to the team as they share the hood for the first time. Thanks to our partnership with Kroger, you will be seeing new brands on our Kroger Chevy in addition to our longstanding partners. It's a pretty exciting time for us on the marketing side of things."

More activating with BUSH'S Beans Chili Cook-off Kickoff: "We've got a huge BUSH'S Beans Chili Cook-off competition starting in Harrisburg, N.C. on September 24th," Allmendinger said. "People in the area will have a chance to share their best chili recipe and of course, you have to use BUSH'S Chili Beans. There will be five local cook-offs with the five finalists competing for the big prize at Martinsville Speedway, which is a trip for two to the final Chase race that determines the champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keep your eye on @NASCAR47 on Twitter as we unveil all the details early next week."

Unique in a way: “I would say Chicagoland Speedway is a little more unique compared to the other mile-and-a-half racetracks,” Allmendinger said. “It’s a little bit like Kansas (Speedway). The corners in Turn 1 and Turn 2 have that feel that they are kind of a little more open than Turn 3 and Turn 4 that have a lot tighter feeling than 1 and 2. Kansas has a feel kind of like that."

Multiple grooves: "The pavement is a lot older at Chicago," Allmendinger said. "If it gets a little bit warm, it definitely gets slicker and harder on tires. The grooves move around there a lot. As the race plays out, you can run top, middle or bottom. You definitely have choices in different ways you can work the race car to get speed around there."

Mile-and-a-half program: "It’s a tough place for sure," Allmendinger said. "I think our mile-and-a-half program’s gotten better. I’m encouraged to go to Chicago and keep trying to improve. I think we can go there, get our car right and have a solid run. It’s definitely a tough place and we look forward to getting better there.”

Staying the course: “This week we’ve got Chicago and we’ve been working diligently on our intermediate program,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. "We think we’ve been gaining on it a little bit. We had a rough week at Darlington (Raceway) a couple weeks ago where we got behind on some track position stuff, but we thought our car was okay. At Michigan (International Speedway), we had a pretty fast car. I’m looking forward to it. Our intermediate program has been coming around for sure. We’ve got some new things we are looking at going into Chicago. So, we are spending the rest of the season trying different things and learning to get prepared going forward. Chicago is a fun place. We get to go there once a year. It’s a cool track and a great area. To go up there to the Midwest, it’s kind of close to home for me. Oh, and I’m a Cardinals fan, not a Cubs fan."

Getting into the groove: “Last year at Chicagoland Speedway, we felt like we had some speed going into the race after a respectable qualifying run,” spotter Coleman Pressley said. “Early in the race, we got into a little mishap with Denny Hamlin going into Turn 3 and lost our track position. Unfortunately, at mile-and-a-half’s once they get strung out, track position plays such a key role and we could never get back to where we started. I’m looking forward to Chicago because it’s one of the few mile-a-half tracks that is worn out and provides multiple-groove racing. It’s the first time we will go there with a low downforce package. As a worn out track, it’s probably going to escalate that even more to produce a lot better racing. The key all weekend will just be seeing how the groove moves through practice, happy hour and the start of the race. Hopefully, we can qualify good there again, keep our track position and put him in the right lane to go to the front at the end of the race.”

Making gains: "We’ve been working hard all year," Burnett said. "We kind of got down in July and had a couple races that hurt us in the points Chase. We really didn’t need those because it put us behind. We turned things around late July, early August. We got a top-five and a couple top-10s finishes in there. The car is showing speed every week. We’ve been qualifying better. We’re definitely gaining on it. We still have a long way to go to get up there and compete against some of the bigger teams. For what we are doing right now, I really like the gains we are seeing on our team and how things are going at the shop and how things are going on the road with everybody. I feel like we are making a lot of good progress that will carry into next season."





Fast Facts:

Career Starts: 289
Wins: 1
Top-fives: 9
Top-10s: 43
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Randall Burnett

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Jennifer Chapple, Public Relations Director, JChapple@jtgracing.com, 704-507-8809


Posted Date: 9/15/2016

RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PREVIEW

AJ ALLMENDINGER
NO. 47 KROGER/SCOTT PRODUCTS CHEVROLET SS
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PREVIEW

Event: Federated Auto Parts 400
Date/Time: Saturday, September 10, 7:30 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN / MRN Radio / NBCSN

Quotes:

Thursday appearance at Kroger in Chester, Va.: “I’m looking forward to being at the Chester, Va. Kroger store (store #524 at 10800 Iron Bridge Road, Chester, VA) from 5:30 PM to 7 PM on Thursday evening to meet customers and sign autographs,” Allmendinger said. “You never know what we have up our sleeves at these appearances. We have a lot of fun with them. Come on out and see us while you pick up your groceries or tailgating supplies. We hope to see you there.”

Hard work will pay off: “Richmond in April was tough for us, but we’re optimistic going into this weekend,” Allmendinger said. “The last time we were there, my car was sliding around, it was sideways and had no forward drive. I was just hanging on to it. We just fought loose the whole race. My guys have really been working hard and we are looking forward to a better weekend.”

Learned from the past: “Looking back at Richmond we were decent in practice, but just really fought loose during the race,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. “We’ve learned from that and like AJ said we’ve worked hard to make it better.”

Multiple grooves: “I’ve always felt that Richmond is the most raceable short track that we go to on the circuit,” spotter Coleman Pressley said. “It provides the most racing grooves of any other short track that we go to. It’s a very cool track, as far as, the braking into Turn 1 - - it’s really hard braking. You have to take care of your brakes all night. The biggest thing that I’m interested to see is this low downforce package, because in the spring the groove really widened out more so than it normally had in the past. So, I’m interested to see how that transfers over to nighttime racing and seeing if the groove will widen out as much as it did in the spring. Also, you want to get the car rotating good around the corner and up off the corner, just make sure you can be aggressive and can clear cars up off of Turn 2. That seems to be the challenge area because it closes up so much on the exit of the corner.”

Improvements: “Darlington (Raceway) did not go the way we wanted it to go obviously, but I look back at the last five races and we have a top five, two top-10s and four top-15 finishes and that’s a slight improvement from last year where we only had one top-10 finish in those races (Pocono Raceway, Watkins Glen International, Bristol Motor Speedway Michigan International Speedway and Darlington Raceway),” Allmendinger said.

It's a process: “We've had some bad luck this year, but this year we have made some progress and my guys are really working hard," Allmendinger said. "You look at the No. 78 team and it shows it’s not an overnight process. You don’t just wake up and say you know what I’m going to go into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and we are going to go dominate races. It’s taken over ten years of hard work to slowly get the team better, get the personnel, get everything in order to go out there and compete at the highest level, but they also show that you can do that once you get the right people in place. It shows with hard work and putting the time in that a single car team, no matter with an alliance or not, can go out there and make it happen."





Fast Facts:

Career Starts: 288
Wins: 1
Top-fives: 9
Top-10s: 43
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Randall Burnett

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Jennifer Chapple, Public Relations Director, JChapple@jtgracing.com, 704-507-8809


Posted Date: 9/8/2016