Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Race: Kobalt 400
Date: Sunday, March 8
Time: 3:30 PM ET on FOX/PRN/SIRIUSXM
Back-to-back top-10 finishes: “Near the end of the race, we had a really fast race car,” Allmendinger said. “We were catching guys and if we had a few more laps we probably could have got a few more positions. Overall, I’m really pleased with everyone on this No. 47 Clorox Chevrolet team. My crew chief Brian Burns is working hard, my engineer Tony Palmer and everybody on this team are really working hard and it shows. Nice to have back-to-back top-10 finishes for our sponsors - Clorox, House-Autry, Kingsford, BUSH’S Beans, SCOTT Products, Shore Lunch, Better Than Bouillon, Hungry Jack, Kroger, Freightliner and I just mean everyone involved with our program. Thanks for your support. It’s going to be a fun year for us and our fans.”
Proud of team and RCR alliance: “I’m just proud of the guys,” Allmendinger said. “Vegas has never been my favorite racetrack. We tested here and that helped a little bit. We started off during the weekend and kept picking away at it each session and we got a little bit better. I have to give a lot of credit to having an RCR (Richard Childress Racing) alliance because the No. 31 (Ryan Newman) and No. 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) were really fast all weekend. We kind of stole from them a little bit going into the final practice on Saturday and that woke up the car and got us in a good place. That really helped us today. Having that alliance and ECR Power and everything Chevy has helped our Clorox Chevy. Honestly, this is probably one of the best races we have ever had. Watkins Glen International is what it is, but just when you look at the effort and everything on a 1.5-mile track, good stops, kept up with the racetrack all day, just really proud more than anything. Feeling like this is probably one of our best races we have had. Something hopefully we can keep building off of.”
Giving props to pit crew: “When we ran well sometimes last year we struggled with pit stops,” Allmendinger said. “I have to give most of the credit to our jackman Mike Klein, who is our pit crew coach. Anybody that has seen him, he is a beast. He’s just one big muscle walking around. He has been at the No. 47 team, gosh, almost since it started. He bleeds for all of us – for Tad (Geschickter), Jodi (Geschickter) and Brad (Daugherty). He took it to heart last year and was upset about it and he worked hard. We didn’t make a lot of changes. There were a couple changes, but I would say it’s at least half the same people we had last year. The whole pit crew has worked so hard and it really shows. I’m the weakest link for them right now. I’m trying to make sure to figure out how they want me to get into the pit box and stuff like that. They are doing a great job, but that’s what you have to do. When you run up front, pit stops become a lot more critical than when you are running 20th. As a group, we all have to get better. They’ve been working so hard and it’s showing.”
Under the weather: “Put it this way, I’m definitely not 100 percent today,” Allmendinger said about being sick over the weekend. “Yesterday I was awful. I’m not sick a lot knock on wood. Just over the course of last week, I started not feeling great. Friday night, I wasn’t feeling really well, but thought I was just tired. Saturday it turned bad. I was okay in the morning and then all the sudden everything on my body ached. I went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway infield care center and I have to thank them a lot. They gave me the right recommendations and antibiotics to feel better. If we had to race Saturday night, I don’t think I could have. I was in bed from 2 pm in the afternoon until I went to sleep. It hit me pretty quick. I wasn’t feeling fantastic race day, but was feeling better.”
Career Starts: 230
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: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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