With nothing but glory on the line, AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose let the fans and competitors know they were there on Saturday night.
Allmendinger, forced to enter the all-star race based on his performance in the Sprint Showdown, was nothing short of remarkable -- rebounding from a flat tire on the first lap after earning the pole, then dropping to 20th in the field before rallying to finish second in 40 laps.
He rolled off 22nd for the all-star race and gained 10 positions in the first 20 laps. In the next three segments, Allmendinger finished fifth, fourth and third, but lined up sixth entering the pits and exited 15th after a four-tire stop.
"We tried to get the win in that fourth segment," said Allmendinger, who settled for third behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ambrose after 80 laps.
"We didn't have a chance in the final segment against those teams with fresh tires. So, on the mandatory stop before the final 10 laps, we decided to take four tires, and if something happe...