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AJ Allmendinger

Team: JTG Daugherty Racing-47
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/16/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 125

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This is not a statistic that gets quoted often, but AJ Allmendinger had the second-best, 30 lap average at Richmond International Raceway in practice for the Toyota Owners 400. His average time was just slightly slower than Martin Truex Jr.
With multiple grooves, Richmond can develop long green flag runs. That could play into Allmendinger’s hands especially since he had the 10th-fastest lap in Friday practice and will roll off the grid from the outside of the front row. Richmond is Allmendinger’s third-best track in his career with a 19.7 in 17 starts. Apr 23 - 12:06 PM

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AJ Allmendinger thrilled fantasy NASCAR players at Martinsville with a second-place finish in the STP 500. He was only 22nd at Texas Motor Speedway in the Duck Commander 500, which produced far fewer points.

This also snapped a two-race, top-10 streak. This was only the sixth time in his career that he posted back-to-back top-10s, and he still has not scored a third consecutive such finish.
Apr 11 - 1:34 PM

AJ Allmendinger was one of eight drivers who stayed out on old tires. He restarted the STP 500 on the inside of the second row and kept Matt Kenseth from ducking into the inside lane. Allmendinger held onto second, but could not match Kyle Busch in the run to the checkers.

This is Allmendinger’s second top-five in 16 starts on this track and it matches his career-best result on the bullring. ‘Dinger finished second in the spring 2012 race driving for Penske Racing at the time. His runner-up this week was impressive because it came of a single-car team.
Apr 3 - 4:59 PM

AJ Allmendinger has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the past three weeks of the 2016 season. His worst finish in that span of races was a 17th at Phoenix International Raceway and his best was an eighth at Auto Club Speedway.

With the exception of Atlanta Motor Speedway, Allmendinger has been running on the lead lap in every race this season and that points to a high level of consistency.
Apr 1 - 12:57 PM

AJ Allmendinger had a solid run at Auto Club Speedway in the 400. He qualified just outside the top 10 in 11th and finished eighth.

This was Allmendinger’s first top-10 since Pocono Raceway’s Windows 10 400 last August, but he has been digging hard to get a good results. He finished on the lead lap at both Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway in the past two races to finish 14th and 17th respectively.
Mar 20 - 8:38 PM

AJ Allmendinger has a mostly solid record at Atlanta Motor Speedway regardless of which car he is in. In 10 career starts there, he has five top-15s and only one finish worse than 20th.

One of his best finishes came in this race last year with a seventh, but his worst result came in 2014 for this same team. He finished 40th with a vibration in that year’s race. Expect a finish in the low- to mid-teens and plan accordingly.
Feb 26 - 10:25 AM

Jimmie Johnson spun in turn one of the final lap of the second Can Am Duel in Daytona. He collected five other cars. Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, and Danica Patrick were also involved. Johnson appeared to be blocked by Jamie McMurray before spinning.

Most of the cars were damaged enough that backups will be required. The same thing can easily happen during the Daytona 500 so do not overspend on any drivers.
Feb 18 - 10:02 PM

Jamie McMurray bump-drafted Kasey Kahne into a spin late in the Sprint Unlimited. Kahne collected AJ Allmendinger in the crash.

Drivers are typically a little more aggressive in the Sprint Unlimited than the Daytona 500, but the cars are not going to be any more stable next week in the big show.
Feb 13 - 9:43 PM

AJ Allmendinger has made 30 attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways and has netted only an average finish of 28.03 when one also factors in the races for which he failed to qualify.

Allmendinger failed to make his first four attempts on plate tracks and two of these came because he failed to run well enough in his qualification duel. In the 49th running of the Great American Race, our database credits him with a 61st-place finish, but he also has two top-fives to his credit.
Feb 3 - 5:16 PM

AJ Allmendinger co-drove the No. 60 Honda Ligier Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona Saturday and Sunday.

He been doing the sports-car thing for more than 10 years with IMSA team owner Michael Shank. They won the Rolex 24 together in 2012 with Allmendinger behind the wheel at the checkered flag. He can compete the 24-hour race because it starts before the NASCAR season begins. The one race on AJ’s bucket list is the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. He may get his chance this year. "If AJ can find a way to get to Le Mans, we’ll make it work from our end," Shank told NASCAR This Week. "He has been with me many years. I would love to see it happen." The Le Mans 24 program will be staged on a NASCAR Cup Series off week, June 14-18. NASCAR races at Michigan on June 12 and goes to Sonoma June 26. Allmendinger said: "If the stars aligned and the right people said, ‘You can go do this.’ I’d jump at the chance."
Feb 2 - 3:58 PM

AJ Allmendinger led the 24 Hours of Daytona early, which marked the 11th consecutive year that he has led this event, according to NBC’s Daniel McFaddin. Unfortunately, the car suffered an engine failure on lap 285 of 703 and was credited with 50th-place.

Allmendinger qualified for the 2014 NASCAR Chase for the Championship with a victory at the Glen and is considered one of the better road course racers among Cup regulars. Look for him to be a dark horse this year on that track type.
Feb 1 - 12:33 PM

NASCAR announced the 25 eligible drivers and the format for the season-opening 75-lap Sprint Unlimited at the new Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The non-points event will be split into two segments with a competition caution at lap 25 separating the segments. The 25 eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers include the 2015 Coors Light Pole Award winners, former Sprint Unlimited race winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time in 2015. All 16 drivers from the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are also eligible for the race, and any remaining open positions are filled based on 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship driver points. Eligible 2015 Coors Light Pole Awards winners: AJ Allmendinger, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano.-NASCAR.com
Jan 11 - 7:57 PM

JTG Daugherty Racing welcomes two exceptional leaders with the recent addition of Ernie Cope as Director of Competition and Randall Burnett as Crew Chief of the No. 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry driven by AJ Allmendinger.

Cope returns home to JTG Daugherty Racing, transitioning from JR Motorsports where he was crew chief for 2014 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott. Before Cope’s time at JR Motorsports, his journey included six seasons working with Kevin Harvick Inc. and Richard Childress Racing. Burnett was hand selected by Allmendinger and JTG Daugherty Racing team officials to lead the team as they vie for a coveted spot in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the championship. 2014 was a big year for Burnett as rookie Kyle Larson landed the No. 42 ride. For their efforts, Larson earned the 2014 Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. Burnett continued his work with Larson throughout 2015.-JTG Daugherty Racing
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 08:29:00 PM

Cole Whitt and AJ Allmendinger shared the distinction of being penalized most often for losing control of one of their tires during a pit stop. Each driver was penalized for that infraction five times, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

Matt DiBenedetto and David Ragan incurred the third-most penalties in this regard with four apiece. Losing control of a tire can not only ruin the day of the team that is penalized, it can also have a negative impact on drivers pitted behind them.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 05:56:00 PM

AJ Allmendinger was dinged most often for driving through more than three pit boxes, according to NBC’s Dustin Long. No other driver was penalized for this infraction more than twice.

Penalties are an unfortunate part of NASCAR and now that the sanctioning body has cameras pointing at every pit, more infractions were caught in 2015 than during previous seasons.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 04:20:00 PM