AJ Takes Tenth at KansasOctober 3, 2010
AJ Allmendinger hadn't been expecting too much out of the visit to Kansas Speedway as the No. 43 Insignia Best Buy Ford Fusion just had not come springing out of the gates to start the weekend. But never say die is pretty much an understatement for AJ and the full Richard Petty Motorsports gang as Sunday saw Allmendinger fight his way from 30th on the grid to lead laps and come home in 10th at the finish.
The result is the third top ten in the last four weeks for AJ and bumped him up two spots in the provisional points standings to 19th as the season hits the home stretch. With the Biff winning, and four Fords in the top ten, it was a good day for the Blue Oval, too!
"It was a hard fought day today!" said AJ "We definitely have someroom to improve. I'm proud of team for fighting as hard as did. I think it shows the caliber of the group and how we can stay focused and improve even when we can have such a bad start to weekend. So it's great to move all the way from 30th at the start to bring home another top ten and have a good points day as well. We really struggled on new tires and we couldn't chase that down very well. Luckily, we were just right on the tires coming in to get the last 2 spots and get into the top 10 at the finish."