AJ Allemdinger off-week news 2009-03-11

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enjoys its first off weekend of the season before heading to Bristol Motor Speedway to race on the half-mile, high-banked oval. Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger said, just like many NASCAR fans,...

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series enjoys its first off weekend of the season before heading to Bristol Motor Speedway to race on the half-mile, high-banked oval. Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger said, just like many NASCAR fans, Bristol is his favorite track. Allmendinger hopes he has a Dodge like he did at Atlanta where only an untimely caution kept him from posting another top finish as he did at Daytona where he finished third.

Before racing at Bristol, Allmendinger will spend the off weekend at the Mike Skinner Round Up in the fan zone at Daytona International Speedway. Skinner, a truck series driver and Allmendinger friend, is raising money for a variety of animal and other charities. For more information on the event visit www.mikeskinner.com

On Friday night in Bristol, Allmendinger and Petty teammates Kasey Kahne and Elliott Sadler plan to demonstrate their video gaming skills when they join in a Wii boxing tournament in the track's hospitality area at 7 p.m.

AJ ALLMENDINGER ON MIKE SKINNER'S EVENT - "My wife Lynne and I are good friends with Mike and Angie Skinner. Mike helped me out when I was driving at Red Bull. He was real honest with me and gave me a lot of advice that's helped in my career. Angie helped us get our Labrador Misty. We're going down there to support all the good stuff they are raising money for and just relax and have fun."

BRISTOL: "Bristol is the best. There's no place like it. The driver's love it, the fans love it. You just go out and race. I don't know how good I am there yet, but it's a lot of fun. We're focused on qualifying on Friday. Hopefully, once we get through Bristol we'll be in the top-35 and won't have to sweat these Friday qualifying sessions ever again. That'll let us focus more on racing and I think we'll start showing even better results on Sundays."

SEASON SO FAR: "Well I'm not going to be happy until we get a sponsor or a plan to run the full season. We're working really hard to do well on and off the track and get some company to come on board and let us race each weekend. On the track we have been up and down. I think we were really good at Daytona and Atlanta while we struggled at California and Vegas. What I like about this place is they aren't going to sit back and say "OK, we got what we got." Instead they say lets us work on it and get better before the next weekend's race. That's how you get better. We aren't ever going to stop."

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Mike Skinner , Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports