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Ambrose, Allmendinger turn in solid finishes for Richard Petty Motorsports

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 Sunday’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. Allmendinger’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 today’s finishes moved both RPM drivers up in the standings. Allmendinger’s seventh top-10 bumped him up one spot to 14th overall in points while Ambrose’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 ‘The King’s’ followers. And more, it’s good for the sport to see drivers outside the Chase make some noise during the ten race playoff.

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4 Responses to “Ambrose, Allmendinger turn in solid finishes for Richard Petty Motorsports”

  1. abe browne Says:
    October 3rd, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Don’t forget the new RPM owners and their support. These guys have winner’s attitude written over everything they touch. Go RPM!!!

  2. Chris Fiegler Says:
    October 3rd, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Do you think that A.J.Allmendinger will win a Sprint Cup Series Race in 2011?

  3. Michael R. Fitts Says:
    October 3rd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Richard, Thanks for taking notice when so many reporters concentrate on the chase drivers around this time. It’s greatly appreciated by the following as you mentioned in your article. Keep up the great work! Last year at this time we were wondering if the King would even be back after what Gillette pulled. But thanks to some people that really care about the legacy and the name of which it represents. It’s good to see the King. Nice Commercial with him getting back in the seat and advertising the new energy drink sponsor.

    All the Best Michael R Fitts, USN retired…

  4. Sam Says:
    October 4th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Yes thanks for noticing some non chase drivers. There are 31 of them out there! Nice job AJ and Marcos.