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AJ Allmendinger says 'Dinger' just fine

Updated: March 19, 2011, 3:02 PM ET
By Ed Hinton

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- You can call him Dinger. In fact, please do. It's something of a symbol of his acceptance in NASCAR, by both competitors and fans.

Besides, "I like it because I can't pronounce my own last name," AJ Allmendinger said Friday, during media availability for the top 12 in Cup points. That's right: Although it's early, Allmendinger is ninth in the standings, ahead of Jimmie Johnson (12th), Kyle Busch (14th), Matt Kenseth (16th), Jeff Gordon (19th) and Kevin Harvick ...

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