47 A J ALLMENDINGER, Chevrolet
Team: JTG Daugherty Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 25th, 113 points out of a spot in the Chase. Lost two spots last week.
WATKINS GLEN RECORD: Will be seeking his fourth straight top-10 finish.
LOOKING AHEAD: Allmendinger agrees "Watkins Glen is just a fast road course. Most of the corners are high speed. It's a fun course because of that. At Watkins Glen, it's important to get a good overall balance. If you are a little tight, you are not going to get through the esses very well and through the high speed stuff very well. If you are loose, you are going to cook the rear tires. You are constantly looking to find rear grip to not burn the rear tires off it."
LOOKING BACK: Allmendinger's hopes of a top-15 finish ended on lap 117 when he was involved in a 13-car accident. Allmendinger ended the day in 34th place. "We were having a decent day," said Allmendinger. "We were far better than we were in the first Pocono race and at Indianapolis last week. We had good speed. There was no way you could miss it (the multi-car wreck). I saw it happen and there was just nowhere to go."
ETC.: Crew chief Brian Burns leaves little doubt that he believes this could be the weekend his team heads to victory lane for the first time. "Obviously, with our driver we have focused on the two road courses," said Burns. "We had a car that could have won Sonoma. After our Watkins Glen test, we feel better about this track and we have made a lot of gains. We were fortunate to test with some really competitive teams and it was nice to walk away having the best car there. We have high expectations. We know if we do everything right, the cautions fall our way and we have no bad luck we have the car to beat. That's a good feeling going into the weekend."