Phoenix: AJ Allemdinger preview

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- AJ Allmendinger has enjoyed a busy 2009 season so far as the No. 44 Dodge secured a spot safely within the top 35 while posting impressive finishes at Daytona and Martinsville. For the first time this season, Allmendinger and...

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- AJ Allmendinger has enjoyed a busy 2009 season so far as the No. 44 Dodge secured a spot safely within the top 35 while posting impressive finishes at Daytona and Martinsville. For the first time this season, Allmendinger and his wife Lynne plan to spend an off-weekend around their North Carolina home with next to nothing planned--just as the like it. After the off weekend, Allmendinger returns to business at Phoenix International Raceway for the eighth race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

ALLMENDINGER ON OFF WEEKEND PLANS-- "Lynne and I aren't doing a thing this weekend. We've been gone every weekend since before Daytona so this weekend we are just going to hang out around the house. Lynne has family and I have some friends coming over and we are just going to have fun. It will be nice to take a break from racing for a while. But I'm sure after a couple of days I'll be ready to go again."

ALLMENDINGER ON PHOENIX-- "There isn't a track on the circuit like Phoenix. It's flat, fast and pretty tricky but it is also a lot of fun. Plus it is close to California so friends and family all try to make it out to Phoenix. We want a good run and get back up in the top-15 where we think we belong and then go from there."

CREW CHIEF SAMMY JOHNS ON WEEKLY GOALS-- "We've really just been trying to communicate and stick to basics. We got the whole thing started really late. We put a really good group of guys together who wanted to come out here and do it with us. And, we've really just been growing together; growing our communication from AJ to myself to our race engineer Mike Wolf, and just really trying to focus on top 15s. That's really been our focus every week. Let's get a top 15 and anything better than that is icing on the cake. AJ has been doing a great job with the race car during the race. He's made the right decisions at the right time. I've got to give credit to our spotter (Tony Hirschmann) who does a great job with AJ all throughout the race; when to make the moves and he'll really settle him down when he needs to be settled down. The whole team has just really come together and communicating well."

Allmendinger will race in the first "King's Cup Karting for a Cause" event on May 19th at The Pit Indoor Kart Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C. The event will feature a four-hour endurance go-kart race, along with appearances by Richard Petty and other Richard Petty Motorsports drivers, entertainment and a silent auction.

* He will drive chassis 268 in Phoenix.

* Allmendinger will sign autographs at his merchandise hauler in Phoenix at 1 p.m. on Saturday of race weekend.

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty