AJ Allmendinger complained that his car was "heavy" early in the first session for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, but the crew apparently found a setup to lighten him up. He ended the practice second on the speed chart with a speed of 95.318 mph.
AJ Allmendinger was not comfortable with his car during the first hour of practice for the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Halfway through that session, he sat 16th on the speed chart with a lap of 93.706, which was 8/10ths of a mile slower than Kurt Busch.
A comparison of AJ Allmendinger’s first seven races to his last eight shows that he has been losing momentum. He earned two top-10s and had an average finish of 21.1 in his first seven attempts compared to no top-10s and an average of 24.0 in the last eight.
For the Axalta We Paint Winners 400, AJ Allmendinger posted his best qualification effort in the past five races. He narrowly missed advancing into the second round of qualification and starts the race 26th.
AJ Allmendinger qualified 29th for the FedEx 400 at Dover International Speedway and that has been his sweet spot in recent weeks. This is the fourth consecutive race in which he has started between 29th and 31st.
AJ Allmendinger made two runs in the first 30 minutes of the morning practice session for the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and almost hit the wall both times. His car was visibly loose.
AJ Allmendinger will make his third appearance in the all-star race this week, but it will be the first time that two of these came in back-to-back seasons. He earned his 2015 berth by winning last year’s race at Watkins Glen International after having to drive into the big show through the Showdown three times.
It was announced on Saturday before the SpongeBob 400 that AJ Allmendinger signed a five-year contract extension in the No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Chevrolet.
AJ Allmendinger earned top-10s in his first two similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races this season with a seventh at Atlanta Motor Speedway and a sixth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; he slipped to 21st at Texas Motor Speedway and needs to correct his course to be a good value again.
AJ Allmendinger practiced for about three-fourths of the first session at Talladega SuperSpeedway and then headed for the golf course.
AJ Allmendinger was notably strong in the final practice session for the Toyota Owners 400. He posted the third-quickest speed among 32 drivers in final practice at 122.139 mph from laps two through 11.
AJ Allmendinger swept the top 20 in his first four starts of the season and earned back-to-back top-10s at Atlanta and Vegas. His last two efforts have been hampered by engine problems, however, and he finished outside the top 30 at Auto Club and Martinsville.
AJ Allmendinger has finished on the lead lap and in the top 20 in his last five attempts at Auto Club Speedway after starting as far forward as 18th and as deep in the pack as 30th. He qualified 18th for Sunday’s Auto Club 400.
AJ Allmendinger finished sixth in the Kobalt 400 at Vegas, which was his second consecutive top-10. The last time he posted back-to-back top-10s was at the end of April and beginning of May last year.