It seems like a recurring theme when I say that AJ’s results at a particular track don’t show how well he has run there. Yet I’m going to say it again, because Richmond is definitely another one of those places where that is the case. With an average starting spot of 24th and an average finish of 32nd, you might get the impression that he hasn’t quite got things figured out at Richmond International Raceway. However, the multi-groove short track suits AJ’s aggressive style perfectly.
So why only a 32nd place average result? Well, in the Spring 2007 race AJ was running one lap down, but posting comparable times to the leaders, when a late race accident cost them one of their best efforts of the time. The Spring 2008 story is a similar one, where AJ ran in the top 20 the entire race only to have it all slip away when the brakes failed and sent him into the wall. And the Fall 2008 race never even took off for the #84 Red Bull team, because the engine immediately dropped a couple of cylinders and he ended up in the garage.
Now with an up and down night at Atlanta Motor Speedway behind them and some dirt track fun to lift the spirits, AJ and the #44 PVA.org team head back to Richmond with something to prove. The Chase for the Championship will be set after Saturday night, but for those outside the top twelve, there is only one goal for the remainder of the season – the chase for a victory.
Started 13th, Finished 36th
Started 27th, Finished 23rd
Started 18th, Finished 39th
Started 31st, Finished 43rd
Started 31st, Finished 21st