Track: Chicagoland Speedway
Event: MyAFibStory.com 400
Race Date / Time: Sunday, September 14 / 2 PM ET
TV / Radio: ESPN / MRN / SiriusXM
With two races remaining in the the Challenger Round, AJ Allmendinger is in striking distance of a Contender Round transfer spot following his 22nd-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in the No. 47 Kingsford Chevrolet SS. Currently 14th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup driver points standings, the team is now focused on the next two races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway and earning a top 12 spot in the Contender Round.
“It was not a good weekend, but we still have a shot at making it to the next round if the next two weeks go well,” Allmendinger said. "We were off and just missed it all around at Chicagoland Speedway. I thought we made the Kingsford Chevrolet better towards the end of the race, but by that point it was too late. I don’t know. I’m just frustrated. I got everything I could out of the day. So, we finished as high as we should have right there at the end."
"The positive out of a tough weekend is that we are only five points out of a Chase transfer spot heading into Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway) and that's the big picture," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We made a lot of changes trying to make the car better. It started off really loose and then it was tight through the center and buzzing the rear tires off. AJ needed rear security and forward drive and then he was tight. Then we had some bad luck. The top of his gear shifter broke off and then he thought he had a tire going down. We did the best we could to make the most out of the day."
TOP-16 CHASE FOR THE SPRINT CUP POINTS
(1) Brad Keselowski 2,059
(2) Jeff Gordon 2,052
(3) Joey Logano 2,049
(4) Kevin Harvick 2,047
(5) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,042
(6) Denny Hamlin 2,041
(7) Kyle Busch 2,041
(8) Jimmie Johnson 2,041
(9) Kurt Busch 2,039
(10) Matt Kenseth 2,034
(11) Kasey Kahne 2,034
(12) Carl Edwards 2,030
(13) Ryan Newman 2,029
(14) AJ Allmendinger 2,025
(15) Greg Biffle 2,021
(16) Aric Almirola 2,007
Career Starts: 218
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:
Last week David Briski submitted our favorite entry into the #47FanOfTheWeek contest, now we are looking for our next winner.
Who wants to have their photo ride along on AJ Allmendinger’s #47 Kingsford Charcoal car during the second Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway next week?
Send us your best AJ/#47 photos and show us how much you support AJ and the JTG Daugherty Racing team as we race into the Chase for the Sprint Cup!
The fan submitting our favorite entry will win #47FanOfTheWeek and will have their photo placed on AJ’s #47 Kingsford car for the race at New Hampshire next weekend.
Submit a photo showing your support of AJ and the #47 team to the @NASCAR47 Twitter page or JTG Daugherty Racing on Facebook and include the #DINGERNATION and #MYCHASENATION hashtags.
AJ'S WHEREABOUTS:Saturday, September 13th
5 to 6 PM Jewel-Osco Autograph Session for fans
Address: 199 Brook Forest Avenue, Shorewood, IL
Sunday, September 14th
9:55 to 10:10 AM Sprint Experience Q&A