One driver I'm impressed with this year is AJ Allmendinger. After being let go by Red Bull Racing last year AJ bounced around to a few different teams at the end of the season. Coming into this season he was looking for a ride when Richard Petty Motorsports offered him a spot. Some thought he would one of the worst performers on the team but early in the season Allmendinger has shown that he has what it takes to get the job done behind the wheel, as long as someone gives him a chance.
Coming into this weekend's race it was just announced that AJ will be with the Richard Petty Motorsports team through 2010. That's good news. Now if Yahoo sports would just bring back his twice a month column like he had last year. That would make me happy. He was funny and honest.