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.
AJ Allmendinger has shown promise in recent attempts at Las Vegas. Last year he finished 18th after starting 18th with his current team. He finished 19th in 2011 with Richard Petty Motorsports after starting seventh.
AJ Allmendinger scored his second top-10 since winning the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen. He finished ninth at Martinsville last fall before crossing under the checkers seventh this week.
AJ Allmendinger hopes to pick up where he left off last year. His last three attempts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks ended in a sweep of the top 15 and lead lap finishes.
AJ Allmendinger has finished worse than he started in his last nine consecutive plate races. Occasionally it is as little as from third to fifth in last year’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega, but an early accident at Daytona in July sent him home last after qualifying 24th.
AJ Allmendinger, who earned his first career victory and berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2014, will not compete in the (Feb. 14) Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.
With NASCAR’s new knockout style qualification procedure, starting position has become increasingly important. For the seventh time this year, no driver who started 25th or worse finished among the top 10.
AJ Allmendinger finished 11th in the Hollywood Casino 400 to help solidify his 13th-place standing in the points.
AJ Allmendinger currently sits 10th in the Cup standings with one race remaining in the Challenger round. That means that his fate rests in his own hands entering a track on which he has an average finish of 18.6 in the past six seasons.
AJ Allmendinger converted a solid 13th-place finish at New Hampshire into a 10th-place position in the points’ standings. His Chase hopes remains alive entering Dover, where he has four top-15s during his 13-race career.
Unless AJ Allmendinger completely reverses his fortune on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, he could get off to a rough start in this year’s Chase. In six starts this season, his best result of 18th came at Vegas in March.
AJ Allmendinger could be poised to earn his fourth consecutive top-15 finish this week at Atlanta. On another unrestricted, intermediate speedway two weeks ago, he started 22nd and finished 12th in the Pure Michigan 400.
AJ Allmendinger’s victory at Watkins Glen two weeks ago remains his only top-10 since finishing fifth at Talladega in May, but it was his third consecutive top-15.