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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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AJ Allmendinger is a calculated risk at Pocono Raceway. He entered last year’s edition of this race with four 30-something results in the five Pocono races that preceded it, but he used his skills honed on road courses and finished seventh. He was not as great a value this spring, but finished 16th—four spots ahead of the midline.
Allmendinger desperately needs a strong run to calm the frustration he feels after several weeks of bad luck and mistakes. If he finishes in the top 20 again this week, he will have added confidence at Watkins Glen. Jul 28 - 8:57 PM

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AJ Allmendinger was in the top 24 until the final laps of the first round of qualification, but when Joey Logano posted a second time in that session, the No. 47 was bumped out. Allmendinger made a last-ditch effort, but became the first driver to fail to advance to the second round. He lines up 25th for the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard with a lap of 183.169 mph.

Allmendinger was listed as one of our dark horse contenders earlier this week. He finished 10th in his first start in 2008 with four total top-20s and a worst of 23rd. Allmendinger is still a good value, but only if he fits the final niche on one’s roster. The driver was incredibly frustrated after qualification, however, and will not enter the race with a positive attitude; that is an intangible that is hard to quantify.
Jul 23 - 2:13 PM

AJ Allmendinger qualified among the top 10 one week after hurting his thumb at Kentucky Speedway. With a lap of 132.618 mph, he lines up 10th for the New Hampshire 301.

Allmendinger has two top-10 qualification attempts on this track. He started 10th in 2008 but broke an oil line. He went the distance in 2010 and finished 12th, which makes him a dark horse contender to finish in the top 15 this week. Flat tracks behave at least a little like road courses, where Allmendinger already has so much success.
Jul 15 - 5:56 PM

For the third straight year AJ Allmendinger started on the front row at Sonoma Raceway and for the third straight year, he ran into trouble during the race. This time it was a self-inflicted pit road penalty that sent him to the back of the pack on the final stop.

The team had an uncontrolled tire with a little more than 20 laps remaining. Track position is critical on road courses and Allmendinger was forced to restart outside the top 30. Considering that, his 14th-place finish in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway race remarkable.
Jun 27 - 12:38 PM

AJ Allmendinger has not often been the top fantasy pick this season, but he has been consistent. Until last week’s FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, he had been running at the end of every race this year.

When Allmendinger stays out of trouble, he has been a solid value with three top-10s to his credit. The most recent of these came in the 400 at Kansas Speedway. Despite his modest results, he will be a popular pick at Sonoma Raceway next week because of a victory at Watkins Glen International in 2014.
Jun 16 - 4:27 PM

Richard Childress Racing added Ben Kennedy, Sam Hornish Jr., AJ Allmendinger and Michael McDowell to its 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) team roster to drive the No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro in races at Iowa Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road America and Kentucky Speedway.

With an off weekend on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, AJ Allmendinger will join the Rheem team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13 for the road course race. In more than 40 career road course starts, Allmendinger has garnered seven wins and five pole awards.-Richard Childress Racing
Jun 8 - 4:51 PM

Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger will lose their respective crew chiefs for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway after Tony Gibson (from the No. 41) and Randall Burnett (No. 47) were found guilty of not tightening all of the lugnuts on their wheels in the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gibson and Burnett each were fined $20,000 and placed on probation through December 31st, according to NBC’s Nate Ryan. This will be a bigger blow to Allmendinger than Busch because that team does not have multi-car resources on which to fall back.
Jun 2 - 1:14 AM

NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29th.

AJ Allmendinger (#47) received a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 2-1; a; p. Crew chief (Randall Burnett) has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through June 8, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.
Jun 1 - 9:28 PM

AJ Allmendinger has finished on the same lap as the leaders in 75 percent of his starts so far in 2016. That percentage was a little higher (80%) before last week’s accident at Dover International Speedway.

‘Dinger was gunning for his third consecutive top-15 in that race and potentially a second straight top-10. In games that allow for multiple rosters, he deserves a spot in about half of them because he has the potential to break out on any given week.
May 20 - 11:11 AM

Despite finishing eighth in the 400 at Kansas Speedway, AJ Allmendinger fell one position in the points. He was passed by Matt Kenseth for 14th in the standings and currently has only a 12-point advantage over 17th-place Ryan Newman.

There is a points’ scrum from 14th through 20th and most of the drivers who needed good runs to remain in Chase contention did so. The next several weeks will feature a battle of the wills and Allmendinger is going to need more than isolated top-10s to stay in contention. His Kansas finish was his first top-10 and second top-15 in the past five races
May 8 - 12:13 AM

In his last 10 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, AJ Allmendinger has alternated lead lap finishes with results off the pace. Only three of his efforts in that span have ended in the mid-teens and he has not scored a top-10 on this track type since early 2015.

‘Dinger’s last top-10 came in March 2015 with a sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which came on the heels of a seventh at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This spring, he finished 14th and on the lead lap at Vegas. If his pattern holds, he should be able to go the distance at Kansas Speedway in the 400.
May 5 - 4:04 PM

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

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