Track: Sonoma Raceway
Race: Toyota/SaveMart 350
Date/Time: Sunday, June 28th / 3 PM ET
TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1 / PRN / SIRIUSXM]
Pole-winner AJ Allmendinger’s campaign for a Sonoma Raceway victory was derailed when a fuel pressure related problem sidelined him several laps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage as the team diagnosed what was wrong and changed the fuel cell. Allmendinger finished in 37th-place.
“I don’t know the problem, but it was something fuel related,” Allmendinger said. “The Kingsford car was good. I thought we had a better chance of winning this year than we did last year. It was still going to be tough. The No. 41 (Kurt Busch) was pretty solid. The No. 18 (Kyle Busch), the way it played out, was pretty good. I know the No. 48 (Jimmie Johnson) was good. We just fought the rear a little bit. I don’t know how that would have played out at the end. I know we had the fastest lap of the race, which shows the car had speed. I think we were going in the right direction it just feels like a swift kick to everything right now. It’s nothing we really did wrong and it is just one of those circumstances. I don’t know if that helps or not. I think we had a good enough car to be in the top five for sure. It would have just been interesting the way it played out. There were a couple of spots on the racetrack I was just a little weak that we needed to be a little bit better, but I thought it was at least good enough to at least contend.”
“We’re still investigating what went wrong,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “It looks like something with the fuel system may have gotten clogged up or gotten some debris or something in there. We’re not sure yet. We will take a good look at it when we get back to the shop and regroup. Even after having to come back out laps down, we turned it into a test sessions and learned a lot and the Kingsford car picked up a lot of speed. We ran the fastest lap of the race compared to anybody else towards the end just trying some things - - trying to turn something positive into it.”
Career Starts: 243
Pole Awards: 2
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 6/27/15 Sonoma
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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Friday, June 26th
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