Allmendinger scores first top-ten finish in eight races
An eighth place finish for A.J. Allmendinger at Kansas Speedway Sunday was the first time in eight races the driver placed inside the top-ten in a Sprint Cup Series event.
Starting inside the top-ten for the second consecutive race, Allmendinger ran as high as fourth place. The JTG-Daugherty Racing driver’s finish in the Hollywood Casino 400 was his first top-ten since a ninth place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway in August and his second consecutive top-ten finish in the Sprint Cup Series at Kansas.
“Taking away last week, just out right speed, I thought we had, that was, it felt like the best 1.5-mile race we put together there,” Allmendinger said. “Good solid top-ten car all day. I made a mistake and sped on pit road and got us behind a little bit. Just kind of tough call there at the end.
Allmendinger talked about being able to hold on to a top-ten position after the final restart.
“You don’t know how many people are going to pit and good track position and everybody behind me came,” he said. “I was pretty happy to hold most of them off.
“I felt like we had about a fifth or sixth place car and we finished eighth with it. Just a solid day. We need to keep doing work like this and keep building off of it.”
Allmendinger unofficially climbed two positions in driver’s standings to 19th overall after Kansas.
Allmendinger now has finished inside the top-ten a total of six times in 2016.