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Friday, January 29, 2010

Jan. 29, Lisa's Musings on Every Day Life

My cousin was in town the other day and he didn't tell me he was going to be here.

Humph ...

He appeared at Kensington Court with Michigan International Speedway officials and sponsors for the NASCAR races this summer.

My cousin's AJ Allmendinger, a NASCAR driver, who pilots the No. 43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports. Yes, NASCAR fans (and non-NASCAR fans), he drives for "The King."

He's from California, but lives in North Carolina now -- like many NASCAR drivers.

AJ was an open-wheel Champ Car Series driver before he was whisked into "real" race car driving.

Once he made the switch, I started paying attention to his career, which has consisted of finishing 36th in the points in 2008 and 24th last year.

OK, not so good, but it was an improvement.

Yes, I admit it, I'm a NASCAR fan. There really are a lot of us out there.

And I root for Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and of course, AJ.

AJ and I have chatted at MIS in previous years and he's a little full of himself on his Web site saying, "You can't get enough of the Dinger."

But, he's 28 years old.

In a story about AJ's appearance in Ann Arbor, my stomping grounds, he was quoted as saying, "I wish the cameras would focus more on the guys racing 10th and back, it's chaos back there."

Well, there's a way to avoid that choas, and get your sponsor more air time, AJ, get to the front of the pack, in say, first through ninth place.

Just kidding, there, cuz.

He really is a good driver, but there's a pretty steep learning curve in NASCAR.

AJ six races in Champ Cars, the first American to win one of these races in this league, and the other drivers will tell you AJ's a good guy and a talented driver.

His day will come.

Perhaps at Daytona next month.

Yes, NASCAR fans, it's time to start counting down the days, the start of the 2010 season is right around the corner.

Gentlemen, (oh, and when Danica arrives on the scene in the Nationwide Series, Ladies) start your engines.

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Blogger PammH said...

AJ's doing really well in the Rolex 24 today & he's under the weather too! Rude of him not to call ya..;)

January 31, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Lisa A said...

Yeah, I thought it was a tad rude. It's not like he's got anything else to do while in Ann Arbor promoting the races at MIS ... smile.

January 31, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

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