Thursday, June 24, 2010

Loudon Preview

No. 43 Berlin City Auto Group Ford Fusion
* AJ Allmendinger has made five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at NHMS
* Allmendinger is currently in the midst of a streak of five consecutive top-15 finishes
* The driver is currently 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings

AJ Allmendinger on New Hampshire Motor Speedway: “Patience is important at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. You’ve got to go into it knowing that you may have to spend a couple of laps setting up the pass before you can actually make it and not get frustrated in the process. You don’t want to make any mistakes either on the racetrack or on pit road because track position is so important. I’ll call on my Richard Petty Motorsports crew to be really good in the pits all day because losing even one spot in the pits can take forever to make up. Luckily, I’ve got a really good pit crew, so I won’t spend very much time worrying about that aspect of things.

“The fans that go to this track are awesome. They pack this track twice a year and they deserve a good show, so we’ll do our best to give them that this weekend.”

Crew Chief Mike Shiplett’s Thoughts on the Weekend: “We’ll concentrate on making the car work well for AJ getting off the corners since that’s the best place to pass and this is a tough track to pass on. You need to have good drive off the corners or you’ll never be able to make the pass there. You fight forward drive there, so it’s something that you really need to concentrate on. In order to have good drive off, you need to be able to get all the way through the corners well. Brakes will be an important part of the race because you carry so much speed off the straightaways. Loudon is really hard on the brakes. Your shock and spring package, brakes, good forward drive off and track position really are the keys to success at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.”

Chassis History: The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 289 for this weekend’s event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. This car was run earlier this year in both the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Richmond (Va.) International Raceway events.

Notes: AJ Allmendinger is currently in the midst of a streak of five consecutive top-15 finishes in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. In addition, Allmendinger has finished inside the top 20 in nine of the last 10 races.

Berlin City Auto Group will be featured on the hood of the No. 43 Ford Fusion this weekend in Loudon. The Berlin City Auto Group, with dealerships throughout New England, specializes in the sales, service and parts for seventeen automotive manufacturers and pre-owned vehicles.

Credit - Richard Petty Motorsports PR

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