Originally written on Rubbings Racing  |  Last updated 8/31/14

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20: A. J. Allmendinger drives his #84 Red Bull Racing Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2008 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
AJ Allmendinger celebrates his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award with Miss Coors Light Rachel Rupert and his No. 22 Penske Racing team on Saturday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Photo Credit: Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images By: Toby Christie – Follow on Twitter @Tobalical A.J. Allmendinger came into Kansas Speedway ona three-race top-15 finish streak, which included an impressive career-best second-place finish at Martinsville. Saturday morning he found more reason to be happy as he captured the pole for Sunday’s STP 400 with a lap of 175.993 mph. This pole is Allmendinger’s second ever in his Sprint Cup Series career, and he is riding some huge momentum after a sluggish start to the 2012 season. Following his qualifying run, Allmendinger sympathised with the challenges first-year crew chief Todd Gordon has faced to get the No. 22 team turned around. “It’s tough to be a brand new crew chief in the Cup Series especially with a driver that’s com...

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