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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 posted a lap of 198.265 mph to become the first driver who failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. He will roll off the grid 25th on Sunday.
Allmendinger qualified 26th for this same race last year. He lost two laps and finished 28th. This spring, he started 20th but sustained crash damage in the FireKeepers Casino 400 and finished 38th. Aug 26 - 5:41 PM

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One week after finishing fourth in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, AJ Allmendinger scored another top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. He crossed under the checkers ninth after starting eighth.

This is the second time this season that Allmendinger backed up one top-10 with another. It was his third consecutive top-15 following a 14th at Pocono Raceway. Solid runs like this will not get him a Chase berth without a victory, but they are helping fantasy owners win their weekly contests.
Aug 21 - 9:36 PM

AJ Allmendinger has not yet scored a top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway in 16 previous starts. He has a handful of top-15s, however, the most recent of which came in fall 2014. He finished 14th that evening after starting 22nd.

Allmendinger lost his best opportunity to win a race last week at Watkins Glen International, but short track are also wild cards that occasionally reward tenacity. Just as often, an enthusiastic driver winds up in the wall, however.
Aug 19 - 12:33 PM

AJ Allmendinger missed his best opportunity to win last week at Watkins Glen International. He finished fourth on the road course. He passed two drivers on the final lap who experienced trouble in the final corner and now ‘Dinger needs to buckle down, employ a little strategy, and attempt to get a victory in one of the final four regular season races.

That is not entirely out of the question. Allmendinger’s other top-five this year came on the short, flat track of Martinsville Speedway when he finished second. A little more aggression in that race might have gotten him past the winner Kyle Busch and rendered the Glen moot. Two of the final four races will be contested on tracks less than a mile in length and Allmendinger’s best opportunity to win will come in the final event at Richmond International Raceway. Unfortunately, that is also the best place for several other winless dark horses.
Aug 14 - 3:31 PM

AJ Allmendinger failed to win the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen, but he salvaged a decent finish after incurring a mid-race penalty. He finished fourth after starting the race ninth.

Allmendinger was en route to a top-five finish, but the final result was marred by contact with Kyle Larson. Apparently trying to avoid a spinning Martin Truex Jr., Larson stayed too far to the right on turn seven’s exit. Allmendinger survived the contact; Larson did not.
Aug 7 - 6:27 PM

AJ Allmendinger posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen with a lap of 127.551 mph. He thought his engine had blown with about 30 minutes remaining because of the amount of smoke that filled the cockpit after he exited the bus stop chicane on the backstretch.

Allmendinger’s problem part way through practice wound up being a broken oil line. The driver has been frustrated most of the weekend, but finally had a smile on his face. That smile did not quite reach his eyes, however, and fantasy owners should be cautious.
Aug 5 - 4:34 PM

AJ Allmendinger bounced over the curbs in the inner loop at Watkins Glen International in final practice for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. He apparently broke a line of some sort and developed a fluid leak.

It is difficult to imagine this leak is particularly problematic, but Allmendinger cannot afford to lose much track time. His emotional balance has been fragile entering this race and there is a lot of pressure on him to win and qualify for the Chase.
Aug 5 - 4:34 PM

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

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 GoBowling.com 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; 10.11.3.4 a; 12.5.3.4.1 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