Race: Pure Michigan 400
Date/Time: Sunday, August 16th / 2:30 PM ET
TV/Radio: NBCSN / MRN RADIO / SIRIUSXM
AJ Allmendinger crossed the finish line 28th with his No. 47 Kroger/SCOTT Products Chevrolet SS at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon after fighting to find grip at the two-mile D-shaped Brooklyn, Mich. track.
“We went in a different direction this weekend and we thought the No. 47 Kroger/SCOTT Products Chevrolet SS was going to be better during the race because it seemed that way in practice,” Allmendinger said. “During the race, there was just no grip in the racetrack at all. You could change the balance, but you can’t change the grip level and speed. Normally, we are pretty good on restarts, but there was no grip and the car was on top of the track - - just floating across the track.
"We will learn from it and move forward to Bristol Motor Speedway, which is a track I really enjoy racing and have fared relatively well there in the past," Allmendinger continued. "It was where I made my first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and it’s a special place for me. Also, BUSH'S Beans is just up the road in Knoxville, Tenn. and we want to perform well for them and all of our sponsors.”
“We came to Michigan International Speedway trying to be bold and tried something new, which we showed a lot of speed in practice,” crew chief Brian Burns said. “It just didn’t seem to work in the race. It’s not going to stop us to keep pushing forward and working hard on it. It was a tough outcome, but the road crew and pit crew did a great job all weekend. We will learn from it and move on to Bristol Motor Speedway, which is a place that has historically been good to us. AJ really likes that track and it's the home track for one of our primary sponsors, BUSH'S Beans.”
Career Starts: 250
Pole Awards: 4
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 8/8/15 Watkins Glen
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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Thursday, August 13th
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Kroger Store Appearance, 1315 East Main Street, Owosso, MI
Sunday, August 16th
JTG Daugherty Racing sponsor meet and greets