Track: Phoenix International Raceway
Event: Quicken Loans Race For Heroes 500
Race Date / Time: Sunday, November 9th / 3 PM ET
TV / Radio: ESPN / MRN / SiriusXM
AJ Allmendinger is currently 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings after finishing 16th at Phoenix International Raceway with JTG Daugherty Racing's No. 47 Glad® Chevrolet SS. Allmendinger is 15 points out of 10th held by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with the season finale taking place this coming weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I was proud of the guys because I thought we were actually pretty good,” Allmendinger said. “On the long runs, we were really, really, really good. We kind of got messed up on restarts a couple of times. The car wasn’t fantastic on restarts. I was a little bit loose. So, if guys got under my car, it took me a couple laps to get going. It was just one of those things at the end. You are danged if you do pit and danged if you don’t pit. We did pit. We took four tires and lost some spots when we did it.
"We just needed a longer run," Allmendinger continued. "To finish 16th isn’t bad, but it is disappointing because for sure on long runs we had a top 10 car and no worse than 12th. The points were really looking good before that last caution that kind of shuffled everybody when we pitted. All the guys I was watching that we were racing, they were behind us or just right in front of us and they were not going to gain a lot. I think that is the most disappointing thing was how the points worked out. We just need to go to Homestead and have a solid race there and accomplish our goals.”
Career Starts: 226
Pole Awards: 2
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 4/22/2012 Kansas
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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FAN OF THE WEEK:
RACING TO THE CHECKERED FLAG
This week we selected Larry Sewell as our #47FanOfTheWeek and he will have his photo ride along on AJ Allmendinger's GLAD car at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.
Now we are looking for our final #47FanOfTheWeek of the season and the person who wants to have their photo placed on AJ's Hungry Jack® car for the season ending race in Homestead-Miami next weekend!
So tell us, why are you a fan of NASCAR racing?
Visit the JTG Daugherty Racing Facebook page or the @NASCAR47 Twitter page and send us your entry. The person submitting our favorite answer will be selected as our Fan Of The Week.
Sunday, November 9th
10:30 AM JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets