AJ Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger

42-Year-Old Driver  
Kaulig Racing
Kaulig Racing
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After a one-year hiatus from full-time competition in the Xfinity Series, Allmendinger returns to full-time in this division of NASCAR. He'll resume piloting the No. 16 Chevrolet for Kaulig Racing and build on the 14 victories he's achieved with this team since the 2020 season. At 42-years-old and with over 500-combined starts between the Cup and Xfinity Series, Allmendinger is one of the more seasoned drivers in this division of the sport. His road racing abilities are well known with 11 of his 17-career Xfinity wins coming on the winding circuits. However, Allmendinger has also been strong on intermediate and larger ovals. That excellence makes him an immediate championship contender once again. Alex Yontz will assume crew chief responsibilities and use his 150+ starts and eight-career wins of experience to guide Allmendinger in 2024. Read Past Outlooks
Fast Martinsville Xfinity Practice
XFINITY Series
April 5, 2024
Allmendinger was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the DUDE Wipes 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 93.873 mph.
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The Kaulig Racing veteran was a half-mile per-hour faster than Parker Retzlaff in this lone practice session at Martinsville Speedway. Allmendinger showed consistency and good speed in his 29 total laps run. He'll be a Top-5 threat Saturday in the DUDE Wipes 250.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Allmendinger had a wildly successful season racing part-time for Kaulig Racing in 2022. The veteran driver nabbed three Top-5 and eight Top-10 finishes along with a respectable 15.4 average finish in just a half-season schedule of 18 starts. When we extrapolate those numbers over a full season, Allmendinger could and should be a Top 20 driver in 2023. We've been a tad conservative placing him 21st overall in these pre-season rankings, but just know he has the easy potential to climb as the season rolls on. Allmendinger will pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet for this team and make a very capable hand behind the wheel. If last season is any indication intermediate ovals and road circuits will be Allmendinger's sweet spot. As always, the veteran driver is more than capable of staging an upset win on a road circuit.
The savvy veteran posted career-best season in 2021. Allmendinger hauled in five wins and 22 Top-10 finishes to make his first full season of Xfinity Series racing a resounding success. Kaulig Racing gave him great cars and the 40-year-old driver drove them to near-perfection. A mediocre performance in the season finale is really all that stood between Allmendinger and an Xfinity Series championship last season. He'll return to the same No. 16 Chevrolet team again in 2022 and partner with crew chief Jason Trinchere once again in pursuit of the Xfinity Series crown. The road courses and intermediate ovals should once again be this team's strength. Allmendinger should grab another multi-win season and contend for the championship for Kaulig Racing.
After another successful season of part-time racing, Allmendinger has signed on for his first-ever full-time effort in the Xfinity Series. The 39-year-old Californian made just 11 starts for Kaulig Racing in 2020, but he was very successful. Allmendinger grabbed two victories (Atlanta & Charlotte Roval) and finished inside the Top 5 in more than half his starts. That performance has propelled him into this full-time racing opportunity in 2021. Kaulig Racing will once again field the No .16 Chevrolet Camaro for the veteran and give him the resources and sponsorship to challenge for more wins in the upcoming season. Allmendinger is one of the more seasoned drivers in this division of NASCAR and he possesses incredible road racing skills. That will play well in NASCAR's heavy road course schedule in 2021.
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.
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Daytona 500 Start
NASCAR Cup
December 20, 2023
Kaulig Racing announced that Allmendinger will pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet for the team in the season-opening Daytona 500.
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New Crew Chief
XFINITY Series
December 20, 2023
Kaulig Racing has solidified its driver and crew chief pairings for the upcoming 2024 Xfinity Series season. Allmendinger will be reunited with Alex Yontz, having spent a pair of races together in 2019 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America.
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Returning to Xfinity Series
XFINITY Series
December 7, 2023
Kaulig Racing announced Allmendinger will return to full-time competition in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2024 season.
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Fifth-place in 4EVER 400
NASCAR Cup
October 22, 2023
Allmendinger finished fifth in the 4EVER 400 Presented by Mobil 1 NASCAR Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Wins Bank of America 500
NASCAR Cup
October 8, 2023
Allmendinger won the Bank of America Roval 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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