AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 10 Tow Truck in a Box Dodge Charger) YOU WERE THE SECOND FASTEST DODGE IN HAPPY HOUR, HOW IS YOUR CAR HEADING INTO RACE DAY? "We were pretty good. We have to get a little better on the long runs; we've been spinning the tire...
AJ ALLMENDINGER (No. 10 Tow Truck in a Box Dodge Charger)
YOU WERE THE SECOND FASTEST DODGE IN HAPPY HOUR, HOW IS YOUR CAR HEADING INTO RACE DAY? "We were pretty good. We have to get a little better on the long runs; we've been spinning the tire off the corner. Our Tow Truck in a Box Dodge drives well. We just need to make some small adjustments so that we're not too loose tomorrow."
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO BE PATIENT BEHIND THE WHEEL AT MARTINSVILLE? "It's difficult to be patient at any race track. It's tough. The problem is that everybody is so fast and it's so hard to pass that you have to be patient, but you have to be aggressively patient. If you just sit back and wait, you're going to get pushed around and get laps down. Martinsville is a difficult place to get around. The best thing that you can do is not make mistakes yourself. If somebody runs into you and moves you up the race track and wrecks you, there's nothing that you can do about it. As long as you don't put yourself in a position where you make a mistake and allow that to happen, that's all you can do to be patient."
WHAT DRIVING CHARACTERISTIC DO YOU HAVE THAT SUITS MARTINSVILLE? "I don't know if any yet; I'm still working on that (laughs). I'm learning like everybody else how to get around this place. I'm a guy who likes to drive it in the corner pretty hard ...pretty deep. Here you have to allow the car to roll through the corner and be nice and smooth. I'll let you know when I find what my best characteristic is (laughs)."
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS THE LAST FIVE RACES? "I want to make a good impression on these guys (GEM). You never know what can happen down the line in the future. In a perfect world, we'd make a big comeback and make the top-35 in owner points. It's going to be difficult, but that's my goal. If I can get them their best finish, maybe even a top 10 or win, I think that would be great. I think that this team is good enough to be in the top-20 every race and on a great day, a top-10. If I can be in the top-20 every weekend and a few top-10s, I think that would be cool."
YOU NOW WILL HAVE RACED WITH THREE DIFFERENT CREW CHIEFS IN CONSECUTIVE RACES, HOW DIFFICULT IS THAT FOR A DRIVER? "It's tough, but it's good for me. I like to learn new people and new teams. It's one of those things where it would be great with one team all year and keep building. But at the same time, I've gotten to go to two great teams over the last few weeks, learn how they do things and try to become a better racecar driver. I think that you just have to find the strengths and weaknesses of each crew chief and build off the strengths each race"
WHAT DIFFERENCES DO YOU NOTICE ABOUT COMING OVER FROM A TOYOTA TO A DODGE? "To me, everything is a little bit different. The Dodge feels like it has a smoother throttle transition. When you get to the throttle -- our car maybe lacks a little bit off the bottom at a place like this. But our car is really smooth and I can just roll into the throttle and power up with some good front grip."
-credit: dodge motorsports