Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Darlington Race Preview


Track: Darlington Raceway
Event: Bojangles' Southern 500
Date: Saturday, April 12th
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET


Power Of Bleach:  “It's great to have Clorox return to our No. 47 Chevrolet SS at Darlington Raceway,” Allmendinger said. “I don't know about you guys, but I'm so ready for spring after a long winter and Clorox is on our car at the right time. We know things are going to get messy at Darlington Raceway and there are bound to be a few Bleachable Moments during the race, but we are confident that our Clorox car will clean up the competition.”

Tough track: “Darlington Raceway is definitely a tough place,” Allmendinger said. “I will be interested to see how fast these cars go around there. I didn't race there last year. It’s one of those places that when you have the car dialed in it is pretty cool. It is such a fast track. As far as the history behind it, the track has not changed a lot other than the repave a few years ago."

Earn your money: "It’s one of those things where you go into the night at Darlington Raceway knowing you’re going to earn your money," Allmendinger said. "I feel like it is one of those places if you get around it well, you have accomplished something. At the same point if you struggle there, there is nowhere to hide. The history of the track and what it means to the sport of NASCAR makes it really cool to drive through the tunnel there. Again, it is one of the races I actually missed last year. Even though I haven’t really been that good there in the past, I really enjoy it.”
Night racing at its finest: "I always like the night races," crew chief Brian Burns said. "It seems like there is a lot of excitement for more of a fan viewing entertainment experience especially at a track where there is a lot of history like Darlington Raceway. It is one of those places you go to where lining up on pit road there is a little more to it than a usual race weekend."
Not atypical: "Darlington Raceway does not fall into a cookie-cutter style track," Burns said. "Luckily, one of our RCR (Richard Childress Racing) alliance teams – the No. 13 car – has tested there. So, we feel like it is really going to help us. We feel fortunate to have a little bit of an advantage unloading at a place like that with some recent test data. It gives us direction on which setup to start with there.”

Minimizing mistakes: “I’ve been very pleased with the way we have run,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said. “We have got speed, which is something we haven’t had in two or three seasons. I am happy with the direction we are going with the cars and the team. We just have to work harder at minimizing mistakes. We have made some mistakes that have cost us five or more positions at some of these tracks. We will polish up on the areas we need to and make some noise throughout the season.”
Close to home: “The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is a little bit of a breather in the schedule because it is closer to home,” Burns said. “There is not as much travel time for the team and it really nice for all the guys to be able to get back home quickly. It is a Saturday night race too and it gives us a rare Sunday at home. Following Darlington, we have an off weekend coming up too and I think we're all looking forward to that." 


AJ Allmendinger has six starts at Darlington Raceway. His best finish there is 17th (5/9/09). His average start is 19.833 and his average finish is 28.333.

Career Starts: 198
Top-fives:     5
Top-10s:      31
Pole Awards: 2
First Start:  3/25/2007  Bristol
First Pole:   4/10/2010  Phoenix
Last Pole:    4/22/2012  Kansas
Best Start:   1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish:  2 - 4/1/2012  Martinsville
Driver DOB:  12/16/1981       
Hometown:   San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief:   Brian Burns



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Thursday, April 10th

Walmart Autograph session for the fans at 1150 South 4th Street, Hartsville, SC

Saturday, April 12th

JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets

Credit - Info & photos courtesy of JTG Daugherty Racing

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