Thursday, November 1, 2012

Texas II Race Preview

This Sunday at Texas will mark AJ Allmendinger's 4th and final start of the year for Phoenix Racing. So far bad luck has bitten the driver of the #51 machine in all three of his races with the team. At Charlotte a pit road incident put him two laps down and took him out of contention for an almost guaranteed top-20 finish. At the Kansas race AJ was running in 6th place when a tire blew early in the race, leaving the team with a 35th place finish for the day. Then at Martinsville an accordian-style pileup in one of the corners led to AJ getting hit in the back and NASCAR ordered him to pit road to fix the rear bumper bar. Stuck two laps down once again the Phoenix team had to settle for 28th place.

This weekend will be AJ's 10th visit to the Texas Motor Speedway. He has two top-10s to his credit at the fast 1.5 mile track with an average start of 18th and an average finish of 20th. Here is the schedule for the race weekend:

Friday, November 2
12:30 - 2:00pm/et NSCS Practice (SPEED)
4:40 pm/et NSCS Qualifying (ESPN2)
Saturday, November 3
3:00 - 3:50 pm/et NSCS Practice (SPEED)
5:45 - 6:45pm/et NSCS Final Practice (SPEED)
Sunday, November 4
3:00pm/et NSCS AAA Texas 500 (ESPN)