Race: STP 500
Date/Time: Sunday, April 2nd / 2 PM ET
TV Network/Radio: FS1 / MRN / SIRIUSXM
Start:  30th
Finish: Sixth


AJ Allmendinger rebounded nicely after being collected in a late-race accident (Lap 417 of 500) to post his sixth top-10 Martinsville Speedway finish. He crossed the finish line in sixth-place with his No. 47 Kroger ClickList Chevrolet while his JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Chris Buescher finished 11th.


“At first I was like 'No' (on having a car capable of winning) and then the middle of the race I was like, 'Heck yeah,' and then the last third of the race 'No, not really' and right at the end I was like ‘Oh heck yeah’ again,” Allmendinger said. “This is the best we’ve ever been here on a long run. I kept hating to see all those yellows (cautions). I knew we needed about 100-120 green flag laps there because the car was so fast on long runs. I wish we would have had it there at the end.  Randall Burnett (crew chief) probably one of the best races he has called when it comes to adjustments.  Just to work together like that, we both have to work on each other.  We are both animated and we kind of feed off each other.  When we have a weekend like this where we learn and are able to stay calm and keep building our race cars, the way we are, we will be okay.”

“Chris is an amazing racer,” Allmendinger said. “He was like the steady car today. I felt like I went from the front to the back a few times, but he kind of kept the pace up there.  He did a fantastic job.  He is a NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and he knows what he is doing.  He has so much experience.  We both struggled over the West Coast swing.  I feel like we’ve learned a lot as a race team, but having him there instead of being by myself having him there over the West Coast swing to bounce ideas off of and figure out where we were lacking has been a big deal. I look forward to the next five to 10 races.  I think we have the right direction for our program.  Both of our cars can be fast.”


“We had a pretty good day with our Kroger ClickList Chevy,” crew chief Randall Burnett said. “AJ did a wonderful job. We took our time and made the adjustments we needed. The guys did a great job getting the car good overnight. It was really fast and AJ does a phenomenal job at Martinsville. That always helps. We had a good day. We brought it home in sixth. I thought we could have done better than that if things had fell our way a little differently. All and all, a great day for our guys."


Career Starts:  305
Wins:  1
Top-fives:  10
Top-10s:  49
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:  Randall Burnett