The following is an excerpt from this article by FoxSports - http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/03/24/drivers-test/
NEED FOR SPEED
AJ Allmendinger was on a mission this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Although it's hard to believe, last year was the first full season for the Richard Petty Motorsports racer in the Cup Series. And with the testing ban coming to fruition following the 2008 season, Allmendinger hasn't had the opportunity to run the laps and craft his skills as many other drivers did before him.
So for the driver of the No. 43 Ford, the last couple of days was spent gathering information from his fellow Roush/Petty drivers and honing his skills on the intermediate track. After posting the top speed in the afternoon test -- 183.943 -- it was clear his work had paid off.
"I've been judging my laps off of Kasey (Kahne), Paul (Menard) and Elliott (Sadler)," Allmendinger said. "I haven't been able to test much. So to be able to compare data, has helped a lot. It's easy to look at your own data but you have nothing to judge off anybody else.
"Kasey is so good here I can focus on what he's doing and improve my own line. Paul's doing well, too. Looking at all the comparative data is a good thing."