Track: Daytona International Speedway
Event: Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola
Race Date / Time: Originally scheduled Saturday, July 5th, 7:30 PM ET; Race rescheduled to Sunday, July 6th at 11 a.m. ET due to weather
TV / Radio: TNT / MRN Radio / SiriusXM
The ‘Big One’ hits early taking out AJ Allmendinger along with at least 11 other drivers on lap 20 of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
It all started when Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s No. 17 machine got a tick sideways next to Tony Stewart setting off the melee that landed Allmendinger in the grass with a busted radiator and major damage to his No. 47 SCOTTÂ® Products Chevrolet SS. As Allmendinger was evaluated and released from the infield care center, the team loaded the car in the hauler since it was not able to return to the track. They were 43rd in the finishing order.
“I can go back and replay it in my head,” Allmendinger said. “My spotter (Josh Williams) said try to get to pit road, which was probably the right call because they were all wrecking on the front straightaway. I tried to turn down and I went to the brakes. I don’t know if it was damp or what, but as soon as I hit the brakes, it just locked the front end up and locked the tires up. At that point, it was just straight into the grass and with all the rain it just dug in and really destroyed the car.”
“We all know the ‘Big One’ is going to happen at some point and you hope you’re not in it and today it happened early and ruined our day,” crew chief Brian Burns said. "It happened so fast. There was really nothing we could do. It's really tough, but we will try to bounce back at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. We really need to turn our luck around because right now because our efforts are not being shown in our results."
Career Starts: 209
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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Wednesday, July 2nd
6:30 to 7:30 PM Winn Dixie Autograph Session with AJ Allmendinger for fans at 353 West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Saturday, July 5th
3:30 PM DIS Military Welcome Appearance in Midway
5 PM JTG Daugherty Racing Sponsor Meet & Greet