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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring AJ Allmendinger
Austin Cindric will look to earn back-to-back series championships Saturday as he exits the Xfinity Series to race Cup next season.
Daniel Hemric, who lead 28 laps and finished third at Martinsville in April, leads C.J. Radune’s Higher-Risk Lineup.
Austin Cindric led 131 laps and finished second last fall at Kansas. Starting in the front row Saturday, he could be primed for his first win at Kansas in his fifth attempt.
Justin Allgaier has lead at least 20 laps in his last three Texas appearances and tops C.J. Radune’s Lower-Risk Lineup.
Chase Elliott, who tops C.J. Radune’s Lower-Risk Lineup, has established himself as one of the best on road courses and won the last two visits to Charlotte.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Matt Kaulig has announced that Allmendinger will pilot the team's part-time car in the season-opener at Daytona. It's also likely that the veteran driver will get a handful of starts with this team throughout the year. Last season he made five starts with Kaulig Racing and hauled in a big victory at the Charlotte Roval and a Top-5 finish at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course. As always, Allmendinger is a very talented and dangerous road course performer in stock cars. That success and appeal will likely earn him some more road course efforts with this team in 2020.
Last season was a bit of a down campaign for Allmendinger and his JTG Daugherty Racing team. The veteran driver only nabbed five Top-10 finishes and finished a four-season low of 27th in the final driver standings. Part of those struggles could be attributed to JTG growing into a second team (Chris Buescher), so a rebound of sorts should be in store for 2018. Allmendinger enters his 12th season of competition this season and he's crossed the 300+ starts plateau. The No. 47 team returns completely unchanged with the same sponsorship lineup. Crew chief Tristan Smith should help Allmendinger climb back to better performance levels in the upcoming season. He's capable of nearly doubling last season's Top 10 totals and lowering his average finish by almost four or five spots. The potential to improve is unquestionable.
Last season was a rebound performance for the driver of the No. 47 Chevrolet. Allmendinger posted two Top-5 and nine Top-10 finishes en route to a respectable 19th-place finish in the driver points. The journeyman driver failed to make the Chase, but his 17.8 average finish across the season was approaching a career-best mark. As normal, the road courses and the cookie cutter ovals were his best tracks. Allmendinger will look to make more strides in 2017. The JTG Daugherty Racing team will expand to a second team this season, so Allmendinger is now the lead driver for this two-team stable. He'll have the goal of winning a race (possibly one of the road courses) and making a berth into the Chase for the Cup. Both are very attainable goals for this driver and team.
Last season was a bit of a letdown for Allmendinger and the No. 47 team. After winning a race and finishing inside the top 15 in points in 2014, the last season effort failed to measure up to those standard. Allmendinger scratched for just three top-10 finishes and a 22nd-place finish in the final driver standings. The problems seemed to be more from a lack of consistency than anything. With only three DNF's for the season, it wasn't the equipment that was the problem. Randall Burnett comes over from Chip Ganassi Racing and replaces Brian Burns as crew chief for the No. 47 team. The two will have to develop chemistry quickly and move into the 2016 season. Expecting another 2014 season from this driver and team is a bit much. More likely it will fall somewhere in between the '14-'15 level of performance.
After Allmendinger’s substance abuse suspension last summer and subsequent fall from grace with Penske Racing, the embattled driver is looking to rebuild his career in the upcoming season. Allmendinger has landed a role with Phoenix Racing in 2013. He will share driving duties for the No. 51 Chevrolet, although it looks like he could be in for a lot of seat time with this small race team. This is the same stable that saw Kurt Busch struggle tremendously throughout the 2012 season. Allmendinger has a lot of talent as his 15th-place points finish with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2011 showed. However, the stability of this team and situation are far from ideal. This journeyman driver could be in for a very long season.
More Fantasy News
Awarded Texas Xfinity Pole
Allmendinger will start from the pole for Saturday's Andy's Frozen Custard 335 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Wins Drive for the Cure 250
Allmendinger won the Drive for the Cure 250 Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval Saturday afternoon.
Wins Food City 300
Allmendinger won the Food City 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday night.
Runner-up Finish at Daytona
Allmendinger finished second in the Wawa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday afternoon.
Xfinity Pole at Daytona
Allmendinger will start from the pole in the Wawa 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway Friday night.