There isn’t a whole lot to recap for the Allstate 400 in Indianapolis last weekend. AJ started 33rd on the grid after being too loose in qualifying, and worked his way up as high as 18th or so before finishing in 20th position. The Hunt Brothers Pizza team spent the whole race trying to find that fine line for a good handling car.
AJ was fighting a tight condition trying to get down to the white line at the inside of the track, but it seemed like any adjustment they made unhooked the back end and made him lose rear grip. With long caution free runs and pitting under green flag conditions, the team didn’t have too many opportunities to make major changes or to try a two tire strategy.
All in all it was a long race with a decent finish – not really bad, but not too good either. One promising aspect was that the Richard Petty Motorsports pit crew was on top of their game all race long and helped the #44 car maintain position each time he came into the pits. Another feel good story for RPM was that teammate Kasey Kahne got yet another top 10 run with the new R6 engine, and that Reed Sorenson was in the top 15 all race long. Things are definitely looking up.