Track: Kentucky Speedway
Event: Quaker State 400
Date: Sunday, June 30
Allmendinger's highest position during the race was eighth place, but his path to a top 15 finish was derailed when he entered pit road under green flag conditions and a caution caught him while on pit road for routine service by the JTG Daugherty Racing pit crew pinning him one lap down. Allmendinger did get his lap back moments later, but he ran out of laps to regain positions lost.
There were 11 lead changes among 6 drivers with Matt Kenseth earning the grand prize. There were also 10 caution flags for 42 laps and the race was red-flagged at Lap 49.
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING QUOTES:
"Today, we ran inside the top 10 and we are making some progress," AJ Allmendinger said.
“For me, obviously you try to go out there and have the best finish possible," Allmendinger continued. "All I can do is give my best feedback and come in here and say, ‘Okay, this is what I think.’ Maybe it’s the same as what Bobby (Labonte) thinks, or maybe it’s different. It might be different than what Jimmie Johnson would feel. I'm going to give all the feedback that I can, the good, the bad, what I feel is positive and what I feel like we need to work on as a race team in general. Hopefully for me, that’s what helps the race team get better no matter who is in the car.”
“Practice was a little bit of a struggle on Friday and we need to start off better going into the race weekend," Allmendinger added. "There was some good about it, but just like anything, we will keep learning together. I feel like the good thing about this race team is there’s a lot of good about it. There are a lot of pieces in here that can make this a good race team. When you first start working together, it’s not that easy. I think at least in general, we’re making progress and I hope that everything I’m feeding back to them is helping the team as a whole.”
Career Starts: 180
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Start: 6/16/2013 Michigan
Last Pole: 4/22/2012 Kansas
Best Start: 1 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 2 4/1/2012 Martinsville
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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Tailgater of the week:
On Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, Tailgater of the Week was awarded to Thomas (Tommy) Nielsen, who is stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Nielsen, who is originally from Texarkana, Texas, made a directional sign to honor his two buddies that caught the attention of the JTG Daugherty Racing tailgating patrol.
"We lost two buddies in Afghanistan and we wanted to do something to honor them so we got the idea of the sign from the show M*A*S*H," Nielsen said. "We've got Iraq and Afghanistan for our buddies deployed and the plaque is to honor the two we lost. I've been coming to Kentucky Speedway since 2009. I came home for R&R (rest and relaxation) to visit family and friends and to go to the race. My favorite driver is Dale Earnhardt Jr. and I'll be pulling for the Dinger (AJ Allmendinger) because of his struggles. I'm glad to see him back at the track. It's cool he's helping JTG Daugherty Racing."
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If you answered yes, then get out to the track and let us know where you are tailgating! Each race weekend during the Sprint Cup season JTG Daugherty Racing will be scouting the infields and campgrounds, looking for the best tailgaters at the track. The best, most enthusiastic tailgaters each race weekend will win a custom prize pack and become eligible for our “TAILGATER OF THE YEAR” competition.
You can let us know where you are tailgating by tweeting us your location. Throughout the weekend, leading up to the green flag, our team members, owners and maybe even Bobby Labonte himself will be patrolling the infield and campsites looking for the best tailgaters. So, fire up your grills with Kingsford® Charcoal, heat up a can of Bush’s® Grillin’ Beans and clean up your messes with Clorox® and Scott® Brand Products!
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Examples of Media Observed:
Raceline, AJ interview at JTG Daugherty Racing shop
ESPN NASCAR Now, AJ interview at Hall of Fame
WCNC NBC studio interview, AJ interview in Charlotte studio
NASCAR.com, Allmendinger can relate to Labonte's plight
Yahoo! Sports, Allmendinger can relate to Labonte's plight
SpeedwayMedia.com, Allmendinger Comments on Changes at JTG Daugherty Racing
FOXSports.com, Dinger making most of second chance
SBNation, Allmendinger has impressed across three different disciplines, looking for full-time home
Cincinnati.com, Allmendinger steps in for Labonte
SPEED, Practice coverage
SPEED, Marty Snider interviews AJ before qualifying
USA Today, AJ interviewed by Nate Ryan
ESPN, Interview at hauler during media availability
SPEED, Interview at hauler during media availability
FOX 19, Cincinnati, Interview at hauler during media availability
Cincinnati Enquirer, Interview at hauler during media availability
SPEED, Bob Dillner does story on team following driver's meeting
PRN, Interviews AJ before driver intros at hauler
TNT, Matt Yocum interviews AJ before driver intros behind stage