Track: Daytona International Speedway
Daytona 500: Sunday, February 22nd at 1 PM ET on FOX/ MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona 500 Starting Position: 40th
“I'm just thankful we will be starting the Daytona 500 on Sunday with our No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet SS," Allmendinger said "Our primary car was fast, but our backup should be good too. It was just tough trying to get out of the middle. I was trying to do the right thing and stay out of trouble, but I got put in the middle. I was trying to bail out because I did not want to be there. It was too early for that. I need to see the replay. If I got into the No. 83 (Johnny Sauter), that’s my bad. It’s just the way this racing is.
“Not really sure what happened," Allmendinger continued. "I know the No. 47 Kroger Chevrolet SS was fast. I was having fun up there battling for the lead. I’m not sure what I did on the pit stop. We just lost about eight spots (after running as high as second) - - maybe I was too easy trying to get into my pit box with the new rules. I just got stuck in the middle out there and I was trying to get out because it was too early for that. If I got into Johnny, if I did that, then it was my bad. I’m not sure if I moved up or he moved down. I was just trying to get out.”
“It’s not the way we wanted to make it into the race, but bottom line is that we are in the Daytona 500,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “We had a good car, ran up front and AJ was happy with the Kroger Chevy. We feel like our backup car is just as good and have a shot at it on Sunday.”
Career Starts: 227
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: 1 - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
Kroger - USO Partnership:
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,631 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.
“Honoring Our Heroes, Kroger’s partnership with the USO, will continue in 2015. The Kroger Co. Family of Stores has donated $11.8 million to the USO since 2010 to help the USO carry out its mission - to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families around the world. For nearly 75 years, the USO has been the only organization that serves the U.S. military throughout their service, from the moment they join, through their deployments and as they transition back to their communities.”
For more information about Kroger, please visit www.kroger.com.
To learn how you can help the USO please visit HonoringOurHeroes.com.
Friday, February 20th
5 to 5:15 PM FOX Beach Bash at the Band Shell behind Hilton Oceanwalk Hotel
Sunday, February 22nd
9 to 9:25 AM Kroger Breakfast
9:40 to 10 AM PrimeSport Pit Row Patio Meet & Greets
10:30 AM JTG Daugherty Racing Sponsor Meet & Greets