Pocono: AJ Allmendinger preview

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- AJ Allmendinger drives the No. 44 Stanley Dodge this weekend at Pocono International Raceway. The 27-year-old Californian owns two top-20 finishes in his first three races at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped ...

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- AJ Allmendinger drives the No. 44 Stanley Dodge this weekend at Pocono International Raceway. The 27-year-old Californian owns two top-20 finishes in his first three races at the 2.5-mile, triangular-shaped track.

Allmendinger is looking to rebound from a disappointing finish in Dover where a caution flag just after a pit stop effectively left him two laps behind the leader.

Allmendinger applauds NASCAR's recent canvassing of the drivers to improve the quality of racing each weekend. Last week, NASCAR notified drivers and teams about potential restart changes that could include double-wide restarts.

POCONO--"I don't know what we have to do to get rid of this bad luck, but we've had a black cloud following us the last couple of weeks. We know we are better than the finishes we have had of late. I'm confident we can turn this around. We really aren't that far off. On Sunday at Dover we were faster than a lot of those cars that had pretty good finishes.

"I think if you go ask most drivers they will tell you they like Pocono. Its something completely different. I'm not sure it needs to be 500 miles, but the track is pretty cool."

NASCAR CHANGES-- "I'm for anything that NASCAR thinks will make for a better show for the fans. I've learned in racing you take everything one day at a time. I don't care if we line up double wide or triple wide. We'll race no matter what the rules. The fans pay the bills and if they are happy we'll be happy."

* Allmendinger will sign autographs at his merchandise hauler at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in Dover.

* Allmendinger will drive chassis 285 at Pocono. This car finished 21st at Richmond.

* Allmendinger finished 12th and 19th in the 2008 Pocono races. He has completed all but two laps in his three starts.

* Sunday marks Allmendinger's 58th start in Sprint Cup.

-credit: rpm

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