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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 finished 10th in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after starting the race 32nd.
This came on the heels of an eighth at Kansas Speedway and for the third time this year, these top-10s were earned in back-to-back weeks. The significance of this is because Allmendinger only has seven total top-10s for the season and six of them have come in pairs. In almost 300 previous career starts, Allmendinger has never earned three consecutive top-10s. Oct 23 - 9:38 PM

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AJ Allmendinger finished eighth in the Hollywood Casino 400 to stop a seven-race streak in which he failed to crack the top 10.

The last time Allmendinger finished in the top 10, he did so in back-to-back races at Watkins Glen International and Bristol Motor Speedway this August. He scored two top-10s in consecutive weeks this spring at Auto Club Speedway and Martinsville Speedway as well. He has run strong on several occasions this year, but has been unable to seal the deal often enough to make him a place-and-hold driver.
Oct 16 - 7:31 PM

AJ Allmendinger has crashed out of two of his last three races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks with accidents at Kentucky Speedway in July and Charlotte Motor Speedway last week.

Before that, Allmendinger had been running at the end of the 19 consecutive races on this track type with 12 results ending on the same lap as the leader. His last top-10 finish on these was an eighth at Kansas this May in the 400.
Oct 13 - 10:59 PM

Fantasy players with managed expectations could find AJ Allmendinger to be a pleasant surprise. In seven attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks this year, he has four results of 17th or better.

Allmendinger needs just a little luck to get his third top-15 of the season on this track type and that makes him worth a roster position or two for players with multiple lineups. His best finish was an eighth this May at Kansas Speedway.
Oct 7 - 10:05 PM

AJ Allmendinger should finish on the lead lap this week in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In his last 10 races there, he has completed all but two laps.

In today’s age of parity with Free Passes and Wave Arounds, that is not a guarantee to finish in the top 20, however. Allmendinger was only 21st this spring despite completing all the laps. He is a good fill-in pick for the final roster spot, however, because he will have the opportunity to surge during the final green flag segment.
Sep 23 - 9:41 AM

AJ Allmendinger posted the 22nd-fastest lap in the first practice session for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway with a speed of 180.252 mph.

Allmendinger rolls off the grid 21st. He is not likely to finish considerably higher or lower than this mark and should only be used if he fits a particular niche on one’s roster.
Sep 17 - 11:15 AM

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

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