AJ Allmendinger wheeled his No. 47 Win My Car Toyota presented by SCOTT® Products to a 20th-place finish in the Hollywood Casino 400 after starting 28th Sunday afternoon. The JTG Daugherty Racing team improved the car significantly after fighting handling problems that led to them changing everything imaginable throughout the course of the weekend.
There were 24 lead changes among 12 drivers with Kevin Harvick beating out Kurt Busch for the victory during the 267-lap event filled with 15 cautions for 71 laps. Matt Kenseth is the current points leader, with Jimmie Johnson trailing by three points.
“The weekend was a struggle,” Allmendinger said. “The guys fought really hard, but we could never make the car very good. It was a frustrating three days, but I was really proud of the guys today because the car was a lot better. We are still not where we need to be, but I am just proud of them and how the car handled better. It was pretty nice to drive and it was the best it had been all weekend. We did what we did to try to stay out of trouble. I think we finished as high as we should have finished. That’s about all we had.”
"I'm real proud of our effort this weekend," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We had a loose wheel that put us back. Everyone fought to get back onto the lead lap and AJ never gave up. We felt like our car was a top-15 car considering everything that happened with the race. It was a great rebound and we are going in right direction. With the new tire, no one was going to have a good balance. It was a situation where you had to have the best ill-handling race car. We had that."
“We fought so hard all weekend to improve the car’s handling,” JTG Daugherty Racing competition director Bobby Hutchens said. “We were behind the eight ball to start with on Thursday. We worked hard to make it better and finally got it to where it was drivable for AJ during the race. That’s attributed to the drive and determination of this race team - - not giving up. To start off where we did and have a good car in the end says a lot about this team.”
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 YEAR:
Throughout the 2013 NASCAR race season, JTG Daugherty Racing and our drivers, Bobby Labonte and AJ Allmendinger have searched the campgrounds at each race track looking for the best tailgaters. Now that the regular NASCAR season has ended, we have chosen our 24 weekly winners and are launching the “Tailgater of the Year” fan-vote today (and every subsequent Tuesday) at 10am EST.
It is YOUR turn to decide who wins our “Tailgater of the Year” contest and the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the 2014 Las Vegas Race as a guest of JTG Daugherty Racing!
The quarter-finalists were determined over the last 26 races as we scoured the camp grounds looking for our favorite weekly tailgater. Visit our contest page and help vote your favorite tailgater into the next round!
Our round-three winners and our third semi-finalists are Randy Pless & Mike Browning who had an incredible tailgate setup at the May race in Charlotte. Congratulations guys!
Be sure to vote for your favorite once per week to help them win a trip to Las Vegas! http://a.pgtb.me/ZcZsLD
Friday, October 4th
Sprint Vision and MRN Radio, AJ Allmendinger interviewed before qualifying
MRN Radio Interview, Kyle Rickey interviews AJ Allmendinger after qualifying lap
SiriusXM Satellite Radio, AJ Allmendinger interviewed by Dave Moody and Angie Skinner
RPM2Night, Race preview
Saturday, October 5th
FOX Sports 1, Practice coverage
Sunday, October 6th
ESPN, Race coverage
MRN Radio, Race coverage