Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team JTG-Daugherty was very competitive this past weekend during the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.
AJ Allmendinger driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet posted a sixth-place finish at Martinsville. Allmendinger, no stranger to success at Martinsville, his sixth-place finish marked his fourth consecutive top-11 finish at the track known as “The Paperclip”.
“This is the best we’ve ever been here on a long run. I kept hating to see all those yellows. I knew we needed about 100-120 green flag laps there because the car was so fast on long runs.” Allmendinger said.
Crew Chief Randell Burnett was also happy about their strong run at The Paperclip. “We had a pretty good day with our Kroger ClickList Chevy,” AJ did a wonderful job. We took our time and made the adjustments we needed. The guys did a great job getting the car good overnight. It was really fast and AJ does a phenomenal job at Martinsville.” Burnett said.
Allmendinger’s teammate Chris Buescher, driver of the No. 37 Bush Bean’s Chevrolet, posted his best season finish of 11th at Martinsville after starting 33rd. Buescher’s 11th place finish is his best since he finished fifth last fall at Bristol Motor Speedway.
We made some really good progress with our BUSH’S Baked Beans Chevrolet. We got it running so much better and really just one or two little adjustments that we kept doing were bringing it to life. We have good notes to bring for the next race here at Martinsville in the fall.” Buescher said.
Buescher, who is from Prosper, Texas, will look to carry momentum from his showing at Martinsville to his home track. With TMS being recently repaved Buscher gave some of these thoughts on it.
“It’s not your typical solid black repave. They’ve got a tire monster here to essentially wash the racetrack as soon as it’s repaved, and they have lime to age the racetrack as quickly as possible. Knowing that new pavement doesn’t always create the best racing. Newer, smoother better option pavement is what’s really going to create a better race.” Buescher said.
Allmendinger voiced his thoughts on the recent repave as well.
“To be honest, I don’t think there are a ton of drivers that like repaves. “There are certain places, like when Daytona had to be repaved because it was chunking and you can’t have that for safety of the drivers and race cars. Texas is the same way. You can’t have a 15-minute rain shower and be in a rain delay for six-and-a-half hours. Even though you may not like it, places like that have to be repaved. You know it has to be done.” Allmendinger said.
Both teams are carrying a ton of momentum from Martinsville. Look for both teams to continue to improve and be competitive through-out the 2017 season. There were a lot of high expectations discussed during the off season with JTG becoming a two-car team. Allmendinger now has a team-mate in Buescher which is something he didn’t have last season. This alone helps both teams as they can share information more closely to see where more work may need to be done, and it helps the drivers have someone they can work with throughout the races, especially when the MENCS races at the plate tracks.
With any changes, it will take time for results to be more consistent, but we have a long season ahead and if Martinsville is any indication the teams have a lot of success to look forward too.