STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A.J. Allmendinger owns only two starts in the No. 10 Country Crock Dodge, but you'd think he's been with the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team for the full season if you listen to the team's radio ...
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A.J. Allmendinger owns only two starts in the No. 10 Country Crock Dodge, but you'd think he's been with the Gillett Evernham Motorsports team for the full season if you listen to the team's radio communication.
Allmendinger blends perfectly with the Mike Shiplett-led crew and looks to continue his personal two-race streak of top-15 finishes at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. The No. 10 is 100 points closer to the top 35 in owners points since Allmendinger climbed behind the wheel of the Country Crock Dodge finishing 15th at Martinsville and 14th at Atlanta.
The good finishes combined with 39th-place starting spots in both races earned the team back-to-back Improving the Finish awards.
The No. 10 Dodge will sport the familiar Country Crock colors this weekend. It marks the first time the margarine alternative has adorned a GEM Cup car. Previously Country Crock was with GEM in the Nationwide Series.
"Texas is a similar track to Atlanta and Charlotte. That should mean good things for our Country Crock team. We had a solid day in Atlanta. This is a strong team and if you look back over the past two weeks, we've had to start in the back and work our way up front.
"I'm hoping we get the chance to qualify this weekend at Texas. Although we have a secured spot in the lineup if it rains, I know this team is better than our 39th place starts. Maybe we'll get a chance to prove that his weekend. If we can get a decent start it will go a long way in helping to get the Country Crock team its first top 10 of the year."
Chassis info: The No. 10 crew will bring chassis No. 263. Backup is 254.
Allmendinger's Season: In 24 starts, has led nine laps and earned two top-10 and eight top-15 finishes. Two of the top-15 finishes came with GEM.