By admin | October 2, 2011
By Richard Allen
Although virtually all of the attention focused on drivers during the AAA 400 in Dover went to the twelve contestants in the Chase for the Championship, Richard Petty Motorsports pilots A.J. Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose did their part to get noticed. These two drivers turned in one of the best performances their team has seen all season.
For only the third time all season, the two RPM drivers posted mutual top-10s at the end of Sundayâ€™s Sprint Cup event on the high-banked concrete track. Ambrose recorded a solid 9th place effort after running in or near the top-10 all day. Allmendingerâ€™s 7th place finish was a bit more spectacular in that he miraculously survived a spin on lap 6 to climb well up the leader board by the end of the day.
The result of todayâ€™s finishes moved both RPM drivers up in the standings. Allmendingerâ€™s seventh top-10 bumped him up one spot to 14th overall in points while Ambroseâ€™s ninth top-10 landed him in 21st, two places higher than where he started the day.
The other times this season in which the RPM drivers scored top-10s on the same day were in the Coca-Cola 600 where Allmendinger was 5th and Ambrose 6th and in Watkins Glen where Ambrose won with Allmendinger coming home in 8th.
The name Richard Petty still evokes positive emotions for many NASCAR fans and to see both of the cars that carry his name to finish so well in Dover was no doubt welcomed by scores of â€˜The Kingâ€™sâ€™ followers. And more, itâ€™s good for the sport to see drivers outside the Chase make some noise during the ten race playoff.
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