Chasing The Underdogs: AJ Allmendinger Breaks Through

FORT WORTH, T.X. - For AJ Allmendinger Watkins Glen — a road course — had been circled on his calendar ever since his legitimate shot for a victory at Sonoma — another road course — back in June when contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr. sent him hard into the wall. The crash ended Allmendinger’s shot at victory that day. After leading 35 laps Allmendinger and his JTG Daugherty...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ding! We Have a Winner!; Complete Cheez-It 355 Results

A.J. Allmendinger survived a bruising battle with road course ace Marcos Ambrose and emerged with a very popular victory in the Cheez-It 335 at Watkins Glen on Sunday. Allmendinger's first-ever Sprint Cup win qualifies him for the postseason 'Chase', and the win also marks the first time that the JTG-Daugherty racing team got to visit Victory Lane. Jeff Gordon started...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Allmendinger Proof Positive That There’s Life After Road To Recovery

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.  – Just three years ago it seemed that at the age of 30, AJ Allmendinger was destined to be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ next first-time winner. He was also potentially a driver who could become a superstar with his fun, outgoing attitude, and support from new car owner — Roger Penske. But Allmendinger’s career nearly came to a screeching halt when he...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

NSCS: Amazing Race Leads AJ Allmendinger to First Career Win.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — When the checkered flag finally flew at Watkins Glen International – after two lengthy red flags halted the race – it was A.J. Allmendinger in victory lane for the first time in his 9 year-career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. How he got there was down-right amazing “Obviously it goes without saying how important it is to this race team, said Allmendinger...
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August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

NSCS: Allmendinger Paces Final Practice, Makes Statement at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Besides Marcos Ambrose, no other driver on the Sprint Cup Series circuit has had Watkins Glen circled as big on the calendar as A.J. Allmendinger. Considering his open-wheel racing background — and the fact that he won two races on road courses in the Nationwide Series in 2013 — the California native’s best chance of punching a ticket to NASCAR’s version...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

NSCS: JTG Daugherty Racing Re-Signs Sponsor

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — JTG Daugherty Racing announced Friday a sponsorship extension with the Kimberly-Clark Corporation until the 2017 season on the No. 47 Chevrolet. “Kimberly-Clark has some of the most easily recognizable brands that my family and friends have used all our lives,” Allmendinger said. “I like what Kimberly-Clark is all about and that’s ‘Leading the...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

AJ Allmendinger agrees to deal with JTG

getty images AJ Allmendinger has reached an agreement with JTG Daugherty Racing which will have him drive the No. 47 car for the 2014 season. JTG’ Daugherty’s contract with Allmendinger is reportedly for three years with a formal announcement expected on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Allmendinger was first hired to drive the No. 47 car at Kentucky Speedway. He recently...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

James Finch has buyer for Phoenix Racing

James Finch is leaving NASCAR but that does not mean the No. 51 team is closing down shop. On Thursday Finch said he expects to announce the sale of Phoenix Racing on July 15. While Finch declined to identify who was buying the team he did say that he was “somebody who’s got money.”  “I’m in negotiations with an individual to buy the team, and if he does that I’ll let...
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June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

AJ Allmendinger wins Nationwide race at Road America, full race results

ELKHART LAKE, Wi– AJ Allmendinger won Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America. Allmendinger was driving the No. 22 Ford Mustang for Penske Racing. Allmendinger started on the pole for the race, it was his first Nationwide start in five years. Justin Allgaier finished second, Parker Kligerman third, Owen Kelly fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. fifth. The race ended,...
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June 22, 2013  |  Discuss

A.J. Allmendinger driving for Penske Racing at Road America

credit: getty images A.J. Allmendinger is back behind the wheel of a No. 22 Penske Racing machine this weekend. Allmendinger’s last NASCAR race for Penske came in the Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky in 2012. On Saturday Allmendinger will be racing his first Nationwide Series race in five years when he assumes the seat of the No. 22 Ford Mustang. “I am very excited to be back...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Phoenix Racing leaving NASCAR after this season

The economy has been rough for all team owners, but one is really feeling the pinch and has decided leaving NASCAR altogether is in his best interest. James Finch, car owner of the No.51 Chevrolet told the News Herald on Monday that, “I’m contemplating finishing up this year, and I don’t know if I want a sponsor.” Finch has funded multiple races with his own money, and says...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

A.J Allmendinger signs with Penske Racing, will drive two IndyCar races

Roger Penske said he would never give up on his driver, and now his words are being fulfilled. Penske Racing announced that they have signed A.J Allmendinger to drive in their IZOD IndyCar Series program in 2013. Allmendinger, who has experience open wheel racing, as he drove up through the ranks once before, before his transition to NASCAR, will race in at least two IndyCar races...
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March 08, 2013  |  Discuss

A.J Allmendinger will test Indycar for Penske Racing

A.J Allmendinger will be testing an IndyCar for Penske Racing at Sebring International Raceway on Feb. 18 and 19. If the test is successful he will then make his open wheel debut at Barber Motorsports Park on April 7, 2013. If all goes well at the test it could lead to running at Long Beach in preparation for the Indy 500. “I’m so happy and feel so blessed to have a chance to...
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February 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Michael Shank Racing stripped of third place finish in Rolex 24

Michael Shank Racing was stripped off their third place finish for the No.60 Ford Riley after the sanctioning body discovered mechanical adjustments to the car’s engine, which [...]
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February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Ganassi wins Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, full race results

The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the 24-hour sports car endurance race that takes place at Daytona International Speedway each year as a part of Speedweeks finished off after an exciting 24 hours on January 27th at 3:30p.m Three series of cars race during the Rolex 24, Daytona Prototypes, GT’s and GX sports cars; a winner from each visits victory lane at the end of the event. With...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Is this Allmendingers second chance? Back in #51 at Martinsville

A.J Allmendinger made a mistake – knowingly or unknowingly he made a mistake that could of cost him what he loves to do most. Instead, he has been given a second chance.Allmendinger was suspended from NASCAR after failing a random drug test in July, in a spiral of events he was then released from his Penske Racing contact and barred from NASCAR until he completed their substance...
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October 23, 2012  |  Discuss

AJ Allmendinger will drive No. 51 at Kansas

AJ Allmendinger made his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday night driving the No. 51 Chevrolet of Phoenix Racing. After starting 38th for the Bank of America 500 he worked his way up to a 24th place finish.Allmendinger was penalized late in the race due to a tire rolling out of the pit box but performed well enough that team owner James Finch will again place him...
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October 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Phoenix Racing has Allmendinger and a smiley face car at Charlotte

The No. 51 car will be driven by AJ Allmendinger this weekend. Allmendinger will compete in Saturday nights race from Charlotte Motor Speedway, his first race since Kentucky.While he completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery nearly a month ago the former Penske Racing driver did not have a ride anymore. An opportunity came together rather quickly that will allow Allmendinger to race...
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October 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Allmendinger to assume seat of No. 51 at Charlotte

A.J. Allmendinger will assume the seat of the No. 51 car of Phoenix Racing for Saturday nights NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Allmendinger had been without a ride since he was released from his contract with Penske Racing following a positive test under NASCAR’s random drug testing.The seat of the No. 51 had been occupied by Kurt Busch this season but...
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October 11, 2012  |  Discuss

AJ Allmendinger reinstated by NASCAR, Statement

AJ Allmendinger has been reinstated by NASCAR upon completion of the road to recovery program. Last weekend Allmendinger was a guest of Roger Penske at Auto Club Speedway for the finale of the IndyCar season. The reinstatement clears Allmendinger to resume a career in NASCAR. Allmendinger had been suspended NASCAR following a positive test for a banned substance. Allmendinger later...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Roger Penske calls AJ Allmendinger an “Option” for Team

AJ Allmendinger appeared at Auto Club Speedway this weekend as a guest of Roger Penske. While Penske Racing released Allmendinger following a positive test for a banned substance it was not without regrets as the team owner noted how his drivers were like sons to him. While Allmendinger completes NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” the veteran team owner noted this weekend that there...
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September 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Jeff Gordon’s advice gets A.J Allmendinger to speak out

A.J Allmendinger former driver of the No.22 Penske Dodge, failed a random drug test during the weekend of June 30; the race weekend at Kentucky. On July 24th, the driver had his “B Sample” tested;  only hours later the sample came back positive as well. Early last week, Allmendinger was released from his Penske Racing contract due to violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy...
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August 08, 2012  |  Discuss

A.J Allmendinger tested positive for Adderall

A.J Allmendinger former driver of the No.22 Penske Dodge, failed a random drug test during the weekend of June 30; the race weekend at Kentucky. July 24th, the driver had his “B Sample” tested;  only hours later the sample came back positive as well. Early last week, Allmendinger was released from his Penske Racing contract due to violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy...
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August 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Michael Shank ready to put A.J. Allmendinger in Grand Am car

Michael Shank, owner of Michael Shank Racing wants to put A.J Allmendinger into his Grand Am car as soon as NASCAR says he can. Allmendinger was temporarily suspended after failing a random drug test on July 7, His “B” sample was tested and came back positive as well two weeks later and at that time Allmendinger was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR until completion of their...
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August 03, 2012  |  Discuss

A.J. Allmendinger released from Penske Racing following test for banned substance

A.J Allmendinger has been released from his Penske Racing contract. Allmendinger failed a random drug test on July 7th and was suspended temporarily for races at Daytona and Loudon. His “B” sample was tested and also came back positive only days prior to the race at Indianapolis Motor speedway. Allmendinger was indefinitely suspended upon the results by NASCAR. Sam Hornish Jr...
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August 01, 2012  |  Discuss
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