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Allmendinger Turns In Strong Richmond Performance

Allmendinger Turns In Strong Richmond Performance

by April 28, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR

In the 200th start of his Sprint Cup Series career, A.J. Allmendinger delivered JTG Daugherty Racing their best finish of the season with a sixth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400.

For Allmendinger, the sixth-place result is not only his best finish of the season, but also his best career finish at Richmond International Raceway – recording his first top-10 at the track since 2011. The No. 47 Bush’s Grillin’ Beans Chevrolet SS was strong for the entire night as Allmendinger was able to keep the car within the top-20 throughout most of the 400 completed laps. In the madness of the final 20 laps, Allmendinger was able to rocket up the field from the 13th position to just outside of the top-five by the conclusion of the race.

After the race, Allmendinger stated that he believed that the best is yet to come for the No. 47 team.

“It was a good race for us,” Allmendinger said. “It was just a tough race track.  I was really happy with the BUSH’S Grillin’ Beans Chevrolet in general.  It is just such a fine line between being too tight and burning the rear tires off or just being a little too loose the whole time.  I thought there were two or three long runs where I thought the car was awesome.  Then another couple of runs it was not as good.  Overall, I am really proud of my guys.  We definitely had a top-15 car all day or a top-10 car. We probably stole one or two spots there finish wise at the end, but we are getting there.”

For crew chief Brian Burns, the sixth-place result gave him his highest career finish as a crew chief in his 66th career start with JTG Daugherty Racing.

“We had a really good car,” Burns said. “We knew we had a car that could run in the top-10 all night and compete for the win. If all that stuff on pit road wouldn’t have happened, he would probably have been up there with the three or four cars racing for the win. For example, the No. 16 car (Greg Biffle) pitted in our box one time. It seems like the times we really needed a good stop somebody around us messed up our day and kept pushing us back. The pit crew did a really good job dealing with what happened around us. We can’t control other’s mistakes. I’m just proud of everyone.”

The No. 47 JTG Daugherty crew head to Talladega Superspeedway for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499. Historically, Talladega has proven to be a challenging race track for Allmendinger as he has never finished in the top-10 there and has an average finish of 25.8 across eight starts. In 10 starts at Talladega, JTG Daugherty Racing’s highest finish at the 2.66-mile superspeedway was a fourth-place finish with Marcos Ambrose in 2009 – the team’s only top-10 finish at the track.

With their best finish of the season coming to them at Richmond this past Saturday, the JTG Daugherty Racing team will look to ride the momentum generated by this strong result to hopefully earn their third top-10 of the season at Talladega.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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