Event: Citizen Soldier 400
Date/Time: Sunday, October 2 / 2 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN / MRN / SIRIUSXM
BUSH'S Chili Beans front and center at Dover: "We've got BUSH'S Chili Beans back on board with us this weekend as we head into Dover International Speedway," Allmendinger said. "It's Fall and cooler temperatures are around the corner. BUSH'S Chili Beans is a great way to spice up your favorite chili at home or tailgating at sporting events."
Hickory, N.C. BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off up next: “We just had our first BUSH’S Beans Chili Cook-off,” Allmendinger said. “Our second one is coming up this weekend in Hickory, N.C. You might win a grand prize trip for two to the season finale in Homestead-Miami. It's so easy to register by going to www.bushschilicookoff.com. There will be a total of five local winners and the finalists will face off at Martinsville Speedway on October 30th for that grand prize trip to Miami. I’ll see you there and good luck!”
Second time around: “The last time at Dover International Speedway, we had a good day going there until we got caught up in that big wreck that I think collected 18 cars,” said Allmendinger, who has three top-10 finishes at Dover and has led 152 laps around the track. “We were knocking on the door of the top 10 when that happened. Basically, I thought we had top 10 speed that race. The finish doesn’t really show how good we were there. I was pleased with the way the car ran and Dover's a place that’s always been one of my favorite racetracks. So, I'm ready to go back."
Fast aggressive track: "Dover International Speedway is a place I enjoy and love and it's such a fast racetrack where you've really got to have the back of your No. 47 BUSH'S Chili Beans under you to be aggressive with the track," Allmendinger said. "It was a place that I used to run really good at in past. I haven't run as well as I would have liked to in the past few years and I don't know if it's because of the new type of car or what. After running well earlier this year, I feel good about this weekend. We had a good car at Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway), but the results do not show the effort unfortunately. We're hoping we can apply some things we learned at Loudon to Dover and get the finish we deserve."
Optimistic: "When we were at Dover last time, we had a top 10 car," crew chief Randall Burnett said. "AJ knows how to get around that place. He's led a bunch of laps there. We just need to unload good on Friday and have a solid qualifying effort and follow that up with a solid practice day on Saturday and a strong finish on Sunday. I think the track suits his driving style and we're optimistic about this weekend."
Staying the course: “We are trying to improve every day,” Allmendinger said. “This sport is really tough. It’s always changing and you're trying to improve. Of course, the ultimate goal is always to win every race that we are at. If it’s not, then we shouldn’t be here. In the end, it’s always about trying to improve. What I find difficult is that if you judge off where you are at in points, sometimes you can look at it and go maybe we’re not as good, but that's not necessarily the case. Last year, we made small improvements, but we didn’t make the gains we wanted. This year we have a lot better race cars, our personnel is good and everything that’s happening with the race team is positive things. We know it's a long season and it's tough when you go through a stretch of races that are challenging. We know we have tracks that are good for us that we still have some work to do. We also have some tracks that we know, like Martinsville (Speedway), we can go possibly win the race. We have some tough racetracks too, but it's about making gains. We are way ahead of where we were the last two years. Sometimes you can’t judge what you're looking at in points. We are getting there. I’m not the best guy when it comes to being patient because I always want more and more. Tad and Jodi (Geschickter) and everybody on this team are taking the right steps. I really like what’s happening. It’s not about a points spot. Of course, you’d like to be the highest you can be at the end of the year, but I think it’s about taking these last races and taking the race tracks we’ve been really good and saying, 'Hey let’s go win this' and taking tracks we haven’t been as good at and say, ‘Hey you know what, a top 15 today is a great run for us compared to where we’ve been around here.’ That’s what we’ve got to look at."
Career Starts: 291
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
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: Randall Burnett
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BUSH'S CHILI BEANS
Bush Brothers & Company is proud to sponsor an event for fans of racing and chili alike – the first-ever BUSH’S® Chili Cook-Off, which will be held in five different cities. Participants will have a chance to win local prizes, go on to compete for the grand prize and take the checkered flag for flavor!
Every ingredient counts in great chili, and that’s why BUSH’S® Chili Beans will be a featured ingredient in each cook-off recipe. Participants are provided coupons for FREE BUSH’S Chili Beans, so every competitor has access to these flavorful beans made specifically for chili. The chili will be prepared at home and ready for tasting the morning of each event.
The four remaining area cook-offs will take place in these cities on the following dates:
Hickory, NC: October 1, 2016
Clemmons, NC: October 8, 2016
Southern Pines, NC: October 15, 2016
Greer, SC: October 22, 2016
Then the competition really kicks into high gear, as the first-place winner from each of these area events goes on to compete at the regional chili cook-off held at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia on October 30, 2016. There, participants will compete for the grand prize – a trip to the last race of the season in Homestead-Miami, Florida. And because the best chili always goes fast, they’ll also get to attend the Martinsville race and meet AJ Allmendinger of the #47 team.
Registration for the local cook-offs is open until the day before each event. Hopeful chili champions need only visit bushschilicookoff.com for more information, and get ready to cook their way to the winner’s circle!
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING APPEARANCES
10:40 AM TO 10:55 AM Dover Hospitality Velocity Suite Level Frontstretch
Approx. 11:15 AM JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets