Atlanta II: AJ Allmendinger preview

STATESVILLE, N.C -- Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger has no plans for the final off weekend of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 27-year-old Californian plans to enjoy a peaceful weekend--if preparing and participating in...

STATESVILLE, N.C -- Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger has no plans for the final off weekend of the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. The 27-year-old Californian plans to enjoy a peaceful weekend--if preparing and participating in two fantasy football drafts can be peaceful--around his North Carolina house before the Brett Favre fan heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway kicking off the final 12 races of the 2009 season.

Atlanta marks the first time Allmendinger and his crew chief Mike Shiplett have been back to a track together. The pair worked together in the final four races in 2008 and were reunited on Aug. 16 at Michigan.

ALLMENDINGER ON OFF WEEKEND -- "I don't have a whole lot planned. I have two fantasy football drafts this weekend so that will dominate most of my thinking and probably my time. I'm in three leagues this year. In my first draft I went with wide receivers because of where I was in the drafting order. I'm pretty pumped about it. Racing on Sundays makes it pretty tough but I work pretty hard at keeping up with all my teams."

ATLANTA- "Atlanta is a really fast track. I've finished 16th, 14th and 17th in my first three races there so we've got the consistency thing down, now we want to get better finishes. (Crew Chief) Mike (Shiplett) and I were together last year at Atlanta and I think that experience together will pay off. There aren't a lot of tracks that we have been to twice. It's hard to beat experience in this sport."

* In three starts at Atlanta, Allmendinger has finished 16th, 14th and 17th.

* Allmendinger will sign autographs at his merchandise hauler at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in Atlanta.

-credit: rpm

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