Watkins Glen: AJ Allmendinger preview

AJ ALLMENDINGER WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW STATESVILLE, N.C.-- With only 65 career starts, AJ Allmendinger admits he's still learning how to drive a 3,400-llb. Sprint Cup car. But, this weekend on the road course in Watkins Glen ...

AJ ALLMENDINGER
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW

STATESVILLE, N.C.-- With only 65 career starts, AJ Allmendinger admits he's still learning how to drive a 3,400-llb. Sprint Cup car. But, this weekend on the road course in Watkins Glen International, the No. 44 Stanley Dodge driver feels like he's on a more level playing field with the competition. Allmendinger's road course prowess is well known. His five victories on road courses in the Champ Car series combined with his two top-11 finishes in three NASCAR road course races make him one of the drivers to watch on central New York track on Sunday.

WATKINS GLEN-- "Oh yeah we are excited. It's funny. I think we ran off the road twice at Infineon, fell down a lap, and still finished seventh. If we can just avoid stuff like that this weekend who knows how we will finish. I love Watkins Glen. It's got so much history and the campers there are pretty awesome. The smell of the campfires on Sunday morning when you wake up lets you know you are Watkins Glen. The race fans there know their racing. There's no other place like it in NASCAR."

ROAD COURSE ADVANTAGE-- "I don't feel like I have an advantage. Look at the field there are some incredible road racers. Guys like Gordon, Montoya, Stewart and Kasey Kahne are all great on road courses. We'll just do our best and see what happens. There isn't anything easy in NASCAR these days."

* "Tweet of the Week" - "Damn, it is way too early to be landing at Dover for a tire test." tweeted at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

* Allmendinger will sign autographs at Richard Petty Motorsports merchandise hauler at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday in Watkins Glen.

* Allmendinger's lone start produced an 11th-place finish last year at The Glen. He finished seventh at Infineon in this season's only road course

-credit: rpm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Richard Petty , Kasey Kahne
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports