With the Sprint Cup series only visiting Chicagoland Speedway once each year, AJ doesn’t have a lot of track time on this particular 1.5 mile tri-oval. After a decent practice lap in 2007, AJ tagged the wall during qualifying and failed to make the race, extending what was already a heartbreakingly long stretch of missed races that summer.
So AJ’s only start at Chicagoland in the Cup series was in July of 2008, which was also the first race that crew chief veteran Jimmy Elledge joined the #84 Red Bull team. Qualifying was rained out that year, so AJ started 39th after the field was lined up by the rule book. AJ had a great race however, and worked his way all the way up to a 13th place finish.
(Sidenote: I miss Jimmy and his, “Come on in and we’ll put four fresh o-rings on it.”)