Track: Charlotte Motor Speedway
Event: Sprint Showdown
Sprint Showdown Start: Second
Sprint Showdown Finish: Second
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Date / Time: Saturday, May 17th / 9 PM ET
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race TV / Radio: FOX SPORTS 1 / MRN / SIRIUSXM
What a night for AJ Allmendinger, who finished in second-place during the Sprint Showdown to earn a transfer spot into Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He led 18 of the first 20-laps with his No. 47 Freightliner/Miller Welders Chevrolet SS until eventual winner Clint Bowyer got by him. In addition to Allmendinger and Bowyer transferring, so did Josh Wise by way of the Sprint Fan Vote.
"It was all set off by a good practice this morning and a really good qualifying effort to start up front and lead some laps," AJ Allmendinger said. "I was debating the last five laps before the caution came out whether we should pit or not. Being up front is so important here, but my car started getting really loose kind of late in the run. At that point, I figured we had to at least come in and do two tires. I was hoping to do two and get a good pit stop and maybe restart up front again. I knew that if I restarted up front it was going to be hard too. I knew Clint (Bowyer) was fast, but I also knew we were pulling away from everybody else.
"Overall, I'm just really proud of this race team," Allmendinger said. "Our mile‑and‑a‑half program so far this year, we've really struggled. Last week was our biggest struggle at Kansas Speedway. I want to thank my crew chief Brian Burns, my engineer Tony Palmer and everybody back at the shop for all of the hard work. They came up with some new ideas to at least come here and try. I'm really, really happy that the car is better. We're not really where we want to be yet. We don't have quite enough speed in it, but we're definitely making progress.
"It's more importantly about getting Tad Geschickter and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty into the All‑Star Race and just race our way in," Allmendinger said. "For all of the sacrifices they make for this team and make us feel like a family throughout our shop, it's just really gratifying to be able to do that for them."
"We'll do the same thing tomorrow and that's just keep taking it step-by-step to try to make it better," Allmendinger said. "And, if we've got a shot to win the million dollars, we're going to go for it."
Career Starts: 201
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 16
JTG Daugherty Racing sponsor meet and greets.
Freightliner meet and greets.