Track: Kansas Speedway
Event: 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Date: Saturday, May 10th
Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV / Radio: FOX / MRN / SIRIUSXM
Significant damage to the No. 47 Kingsford Chevrolet SS from trying to avoid an accident along with handling issues resulted in a 30th-place finish for AJ Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team at Kansas Speedway. Allmendinger is currently 17th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points standings after 11 races this season, 101 points out of first occupied by Jeff Gordon.
The 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation was won by Jeff Gordon. Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top-five. There were 25 lead changes among 10 drivers and eight caution flags for 47 laps.
“It was a tough night for us and we sustained some significant damage to our No. 47 Kingsford Chevrolet when I was trying to make sure I didn’t hit the No. 27 car (Paul Menard),” AJ Allmendinger said. “Also, we just missed the setup. The car was on top of the track and it never had any speed. I was trying to get more out of it than what was there. It was just one of those days. We will get back to the shop and take a look at everything and learn from it as we move ahead to Charlotte Motor Speedway.”
“The race Saturday night was hard on us,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “We along with RCR (Richard Childress Racing) still have work to do on the mile-and-a-half tracks. We have got a lot of work to do there and improvements to make. It is unfortunate we had the accident. The damage was too bad to come back from. We just tried to stay out there and salvage what points we could.”
“We really need to improve on our mile-and-a-half program,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said. “We just missed it a bit. I think we know what we need to keep doing and not beat ourselves. We will do our homework and work hard with Richard Childress Racing this week to figure out how we can get better at these intermediate tracks. Hopefully, we will come up with a new idea for the next race. We have a couple weeks to work on it.”
Career Starts: 202
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: 2 - 4/1/2012 Martinsville
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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Friday, May 9
9:15 AM Media availability with AJ at the 47 hauler
Saturday, May 10
JTG Daugherty Racing sponsor meet and greets.