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