Race: CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega
Date/Time: Sunday, October 25th / 2:30 PM ET
TV/Radio: NBCSN / MRN / SIRIUSXM
Talladega Superspeedway: “We saw in both the 500 and 400 at Daytona (International Speedway) how more narrow the track is than Talladega Superspeedway," Allmendinger said. "When you get three wide at Daytona you just feel like you’re really trapped. Talladega is a lot wider and there is more room to make moves with the No. 47 Kroger / BUSH'S Beans Chevy, but at the same point when you get five and six wide, that’s when the 'Big One' happens."
Avoiding the Big One: "I’d like to be positive about superspeedway races, but I'm not a huge fan of them,” Allmendinger said. “It’s just the way it is. You don’t know which is better or worse between Talladega or Daytona when coming down to just trying to finish the race by avoiding the 'Big One.' You just hold your breath and hope your not in it."
Making it to the end: “It’s just one of those races you have just got to get through,” Allmendinger said. “You hope coming down to the end that you're are still running. It’s all about making the right moves, being very lucky and like I said before hoping you are not in a crash. So, it’s not a lot of fun mentally. It’s draining. You are riding around for a while, but mentally you are just wore out by the end of the race.”
Aggressive field: “Talladega Superspeedway is wider, smoother, easier for cars to pass and not as edgy in traffic like Daytona (International Speedway),” crew chief Brian Burns said. “At Daytona, you get in a pack there and it’s easy for cars to slip up around you. However, the field is more aggressive at Talladega because it’s easier to drive around, but aggressiveness breeds the chance for mistakes as well.”
Dega Strategy: “Everybody has different strategies at superspeedway races,” Burns said. “Some people say, ‘We’re going to lie back,’ or some people say ‘We’re going to go to the front and run up front.’ You can say what you want to do to avoid the ‘Big One’, but there doesn’t seem to be a safe place at a place like that.”
Thinking ahead: “Track position seems to play a bigger role in superspeedway races more so now than it ever used to,” Burns said. “Years ago with a few laps to go, you could make a move from 20th place and win the race. It’s not that easy to move up through the field now with the way the aero-package is. You do have to think ahead and try to plan for track position a little bit more than normal.”
Dramatic weekend: “Some of the Chase drivers will be probably run towards the back the majority of the race in hopes of trying to play it as safe and finish the race, but at the same time there are a few on the outside looking in that need to win the race” Burns said. “There will be a lot of drama around that race on who will advance in the Chase.”
Gain momentum: “For us finishing the season off like we started, it is a big deal to us because we started the season off really strong,” Burns said. “We had a few mechanical issues in a row that caused us to really lose our momentum. More recently, we have extra help from RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and we have really been working on the body of the car. We are starting to see that benefit during the race. We just need to have some better luck so we can see it in the results. We need to get back solidly in the top 15 and in the top 10 and finish just like we started. We are all thinking about next year. When you finish the season on a good note, it makes the next season more promising.”
Rules package: “Everybody seems to be looking forward to the 2016 rules package,” Burns said. “NASCAR wants to put the best and safest product on track for fans and drivers. It seems like the package we have now, drivers are not able to pass really well in traffic and the leaders have a tendency to pull away. The package they have proposed for 2016 will help drivers be able to race easier when you are stuck back in traffic and I feel like it will put everyone closer together. So, if you have a bad qualifying effort or something happens and you have to make an unexpected pit stop, you are able to make up for it. It will make it a lot more interesting.”
Career Starts: 258
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: Brian Burns
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Saturday, October 24th
10:45 AM to 11:15 AM NASCAR Youth Autograph Session in Hospitality Village behind the Birmingham Tower, outside the frontstretch
The first 100 children (12 and under only) to pick up a wristband at the main Guest Services Office located at OV Hill South Grandstand Section L will have the chance to get an autograph from each participating driver (limit one per child and time permitting). Wristband distribution will begin Friday when the grandstands open.
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