DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING REPORT

Can-Am Duel 1 & 2:  Thurs., Feb. 18th, 7 PM ET FS1/MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona 500: Sun., Feb. 21st, 1 PM ET, FOX/MRN/SIRIUSXM

Daytona 500 Qualifying Position:  31st
Can-Am Duel 2 Starting Position:  15th

AJ ALLMENDINGER QUOTES:

Daytona 500 Qualifying: “I’m disappointed for the guys, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. Randall (Burnett, crew chief), Ernie (Cope, director of competition) and the guys put a lot of effort into it to make the car faster and get as much speed as we could. We gained eight-tenths from where we started yesterday, which is tough to do at Daytona. We were lacking speed for whatever reason, but we will figure it out and go to work. We’ll go from here and make it handle really good in the draft and make it as comfortable as we can because that is what it is going to come down to in the Daytona 500.

“We will get the Kroger/SCOTT Products Chevrolet SS ready to go out there and draft in practice. If it handles as good as it did last night in my Sprint Unlimited car, I think we are going to have a great shot in the race.

“This is the biggest race we have and if you win it, you are going to be happy no matter what happens the rest of the year. Of course, you want to start well for a championship and stuff like that. I always say Daytona is its own race. Yeah, it still pays the same points and pays a lot more money, but in the end I always look at Atlanta (Motor Speedway) as the race when the season starts. We’ll focus on that, but we have a whole other week here. We’ll get this Kroger/SCOTT Products Chevy handling as well as we can in the draft. Then we will make a plan for the Duels to see what we want to do and then get ready for Sunday.”  


FAST FACTS:

Career Starts: 263
Wins:            1
Top-fives:     7
Top-10s:      38
Pole Awards: 4
First Start:  3/25/2007  Bristol  
First Pole:   4/10/2010  Phoenix
Last Pole:    8/8/15 Watkins Glen
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:   Randall Burnett
 
 


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