Race: Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola
Date/Time: Sunday, July 5th, 7:45 PM ET
TV/Radio: NBC / MRN / SIRIUSXM
AJ Allmendinger was fortunate to push through a final lap melee sparked by a spectacular crash involving Austin Dillon to cross the finish line 21st in his No. 47 Kroger / Better Bouillon Chevrolet SS at Daytona International Speedway Monday morning.
“When I saw Austin’s car take off, it was coming right towards my window and if he came straight down it was going to go through my window," Allmendinger said. "I was lucky to get through that somehow. I’m just grateful that Austin is okay. I don’t like this type of racing.
“On the bottom, we didn’t have a lot of speed in the car and we needed help from other cars,” Allmendinger continued. “So, when they left me, I kind of got hung out there and got shuffled back. Then in the end, it was the typical deal with nowhere to go and I tried to pick the best line and hoped it worked out. It was like all the lines I picked seemed to be the wrong line. I was timid to get in the middle that seemed to be moving a little bit.”
"I'm just glad that no one was seriously injured after all the events that took place during this race and that Austin is okay,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “It's tough at these restrictor plate races when so many cars around you have more control over your fate than you do. AJ did a great job avoiding numerous wrecks that would have ended our night for sure. We were there at the end to try to make a move in the final laps, but Lady Luck wasn't on our side crossing the finish line."
Career Starts: 244
Pole Awards: 3
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 6/27/2015 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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Sunday, July 5th
5:10 PM JTG Daugherty Racing Meet & Greets