Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Texas Post-Race Report


Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Event: Duck Commander 500
Date: Monday, April 7th
Time: 3 PM EDT
Start: 33rd
Finish: 23rd

AJ Allmendinger finished 23rd at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 47 BUSH'S® Beans Chevrolet SS with a hole in his grill and the left front crush panel knocked out after running over debris from the Dale Earnhardt Jr. machine approaching lap 12 Monday afternoon. After the seventh race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Allmendinger is 20th in the points standings. He is 86 points out of first held by Jeff Gordon and 30 points out of 10th place.

The race winner was Joey Logano with a 0.476 margin of victory over Jeff Gordon. There were 18 lead changes among nine drivers and seven caution flags for 49 laps.

“Because of the accident in the beginning of the race with Dale Earnhardt Jr., we had to come down pit road and clean off the grill and pull on the fenders and that set us back because there’s not much opportunity to make up track position on long green runs at Texas Motor Speedway,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “We didn’t know it at the time, but there was a hole in the nose of the No. 47 BUSH’S
® Beans Chevrolet SS that none of us saw and the left front crush panel was blown out as well (causing drag). Both of those things happened when the No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) wrecked.

"AJ said he hit some pretty big debris," continued Burns. "Without the damage from the No. 88 car, we would have had a totally different race car. Basically, the damage is like putting a parachute on the front of the car.”
“The car was not very good, but I didn’t know there was damage to the car until after the race and Burns told me about it,” AJ Allmendinger said. “I knew I hit some stuff when the wreck happened with the No. 88 car. We didn’t know, but there was a hole in the nose and the crush panel was knocked out. It's tough after having two pretty good weeks. We’ll learn and grow from our race at Texas Motor Speedway and continue to strive to be better each week.”


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


Family Inspiration:

Beans have always been a comforting part of traditional Hispanic meals. Each generation of moms want to continue this tradition, but they also want to bring a unique touch to the beans. Bush's Cocina Latina® is inspired by regional recipes and kitchen wisdom handed down from the real experts . . . the women of your family; moms, grandmas and aunts.

We start with the traditional slow-cooked beans and then add in just the right ingredients and seasoning to give the beans a modern flair that you and your family will love. It's a delicious way to carry on the bean tradition or create a new one!

Enter NOW for a chance to ride along with AJ Allmendinger during a race this season! 

Throughout the season our JTG Daugherty Racing "#47 FAN OF THE WEEK" will have their photo featured on AJ's car.

Each week we post the "#47 FAN OF THE WEEK" theme, with instructions on how you can enter. The best fan submission to us via the JTG Daugherty Racing social media pages will be chosen the following Monday and will be featured on AJ Allmendinger's #47 car during the next race.
Last week we asked race fans to tell us why they thought they were the biggest fan in NASCAR. After receiving several great entries we narrowed it down to a story from David Fisher and the famous piece of NASCAR sheet metal that got away. The Western North Carolina-native has been a lifelong fan of the sport and will actually be in attendance at this weekend's race in Martinsville so he can see his picture on AJ's car as it circles the track and races to the front! Have a great time David and thank you for being a dedicated NASCAR fan, we are proud to have you as our #47FanOfTheWeek!
Last week's #47FanOfTheWeek contest was almost as simple as guessing how many jelly beans are in a glass jar. All fans had to do was send us their best guess with how many BUSH'S® Grillin' Beans are in the BUSH'S® Grillin' Beans can that JTG Daugherty Racing team member Zach Case was holding in a photo we posted. To give themselves a better chance at winning, we suggested they run out to their local grocery store and buy a can or three of BUSH'S® Grillin' Beans and count each delicious bean for themselves then send us their guess.

The guesses were all over the board but the winning guess came within 11 BUSH'S® Grillin' Beans of the correct answer. Jason Nance from Greensboro, NC made the BOLD guess of 670 beans and our can had 681 BOURBON AND BROWN SUGAR flavored beans.

Congratulations Jason! Your photo will be featured on AJ Allmendinger's car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway!

Look for our next contest to be announced tomorrow, you might be our next #47FanOfTheWeek!


Friday, April 4th

3 PM Media Availability in Texas Motor Speedway's Media Center Deadline Room

Sunday, April 6th

11:30 AM JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets

Credit - Info & photos courtesy of JTG Daugherty Racing

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