Allmendinger To Return To Phoenix Racing At Bristol

A.J. Allmendinger (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

AJ Allmendinger will rejoin Phoenix Racing for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway after a successful outing at Phoenix International Raceway.

Allmendinger took the #51 Guy Roofing Chevrolet to 11th place at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 two weekends ago in what was his first race in the Sprint Cup for 2013.

“I’m really excited to go racing with Phoenix Racing again.” said Allmendinger. “We had a great race at Phoenix a couple of weeks ago and I’m looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Guy Roofing Chevy. We’re off to a good start and now it’s about keeping the momentum rolling.”

Bristol Motor Speedway was the scene of Allmendinger’s Sprint Cup debut in 2007, before going on to score four top-20 results, one top-15 and a front row grid slot in ten starts at the circuit. His best result at the circuit was 12th in 2011.

“Bristol is a crazy track.” he added. “Before the most recent resurfacing, you would have two-wide and three-wide racing there. Now that they’ve ground up some of the top groove, it’s a little closer to what Bristol used to be like. There’s not quite as much room and you have to be a little more aggressive in making passes. You’re seeing more bumping and banging now and it seems like everyone’s patience is a little shorter than usual. Sometimes aggression is your best friend at Bristol, and sometimes it’s your worst enemy. Keep your emotions in check or you’ll probably make some decisions you regret.”

Phoenix Racing’s best result of 2012 came at Bristol when Kurt Busch took the car to an 18th place finish.