AJ Allmendinger qualified 21st for the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and if the past is any indication, that suggests a top-15 finish is pretty much out of reach.
Already an overwhelming favorite at Watkins Glen International, AJ Allmendinger posted a lap of 127.839 mph in the final qualification session to win the pole for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen.
AJ Allmendinger posted the second fastest lap in the first practice session for the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. His top speed of 126.901 was 0.091 seconds slower than Clint Bowyer.
AJ Allmendinger finished seventh in the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway, which gives him momentum at a critical time. Next week the series rolls into Watkins Glen, where ‘Dinger is the defending winner.
If the past eight races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks are any indication, AJ Allmendinger should improve from his grid position. He has advanced through the field in every event he started on this course type since last fall’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas.
AJ Allmendinger has suffered crash damage in 10 of the 12 races he started at Daytona International Speedway during his career, including his last five consecutively.
AJ Allmendinger posted a lap of 96.310 mph in the second and final round of qualification for the Toyota / Save Mart 350k. He will lead the field to green on Sunday from the pole.
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.