AJ Allmendinger
AJ Allmendinger
39-Year-Old Driver  
Kaulig Racing
Kaulig Racing
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Finishes Seventh at Daytona
February 22, 2021
Allmendinger would race from the back to the front three times Sunday and finish the O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 in seventh-place, Kaulig Racing PR reports.
It was by no means easy, and Allmendinger would really have to work overtime Sunday at the Daytona Road Course. However, the veteran driver was able to pilot the team's No. 16 Chevrolet to a great finish on the Daytona circuit. After starting 34th on the grid and overcoming poor track position and different times, Allmendinger would collect his first Cup Series Top-10 finish since 2018. "That was a lot of fun," Allmendinger said. "I wish we could have kept the track position, but to restart in the back with eight laps to go and finish seventh, that's a great day."
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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.
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Daytona Road Course
January 21, 2021
Allmendinger will make his return to the NASCAR Cup Series with Kaulig Racing at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Kaulig Racing PR reports.
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Full-Time in 2021
December 1, 2020
Allmendinger will be returning to full-time competition with Kaulig Racing for the 2021 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, Kaulig Racing PR reports.
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Returning to Kaulig Racing
November 30, 2020
Allmendinger announced in a video message via Twitter that he will return to Kaulig Racing again next season.
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Wins Drive for the Cure 250
October 10, 2020
Allmendinger won the Drive for the Cure 250 Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval Saturday afternoon.
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Confirmed for Rolex 24
October 9, 2020
Allmendinger is the first officially confirmed driver for Meyer Shank Racing's Acura DPi effort, with the veteran driver set for his 15th appearance with the Ohio-based team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, sportscar365.com reports.
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