Richard Petty Motorsports posted its second consecutive top-10 finish in a Ford Fusion last Sunday as AJ Allmendinger notched a 10th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, a week after Elliott Sadler finished ninth at Talladega in the Petty team's debut in Ford equipment as it continues its transition away from Dodge. Allmendinger will aim to extend the streak this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway and at the season finale at Homestead.
“That was a great way to start our deal in a Ford Fusion. If we keep this up, it should give us a ton of confidence going into the 2010 season,” reckoned Allmendinger. “Elliott was awesome at Talladega and then we backed that up at Texas. Phoenix and Homestead can be really good for us, too.
“We still have a ton to learn, but it's good to have these final races to start working on our stuff for next season,” he added. “With all that has gone on this year, it's a testament to my team and everyone here at the Petty team that these guys continue to produce good cars for us to drive. We are racing hard – and you saw that on Sunday.”
The Texas race marked Allmendinger's fifth top-10 of the 2009 season and seventh of his brief NASCAR career. The Californian is currently 25th in Sprint Cup points, one spot behind teammate Sadler.