Allmendinger, Stenhouse lose ground on Chase Joey Logano leads the field on lap one of the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

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By Dominic Aragon
June 13, 2016

A.J. Allmendinger and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were among drivers to lose points to the Chase cutline with their performances Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Allmendinger and Stenhouse finished 38th and 29th respectively in Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400. According to Driver Averages, Allmendinger lost 25 points to the cutoff and Stenhouse 16 points unofficially after the race.

Sunday marked the return of Allmendinger’s crew chief Randall Burnett’s after serving a one-race suspension from a lug nut violation at Charlotte.

While running inside the top-20, Allmendinger was involved in the lap 62 incident with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chris Buescher, making contact with Junior and the outside wall.

“I think [Dale Earnhardt] Junior got hit and I was on the outside of him and that was it,” Allmendinger said of the incident. “It was kind of weird back there. I’m not really sure what kind of car we had. I thought in clean air we weren’t too bad, but I guess a lot of people could say that. Just not a lot of fun racing there.”

A.J. Allmendinger
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Allmendinger finished 38th, posting his first DNF of 2016. The result is Allmendinger’s lowest of 2016 and lowest in his past 37 Sprint Cup starts.

Allmendinger lost three positions in driver’s standings and sits 20th overall, his lowest ranking since Phoenix, 11 races ago.

Stenhouse started 12th Sunday, marking the sixth time in the last seven Sprint Cup races the driver started 12th or better.

The Roush Fenway Racing driver ran as high as the top-five, and restarted the race 11th on the final restart with seven laps to go.

However, a flat rear tire relegated Stenhouse to a 29th place effort.

“We blew a tire there at the end; our day wasn't great,” Stenhouse said. “It went okay. We got good track position and stayed up there all day it was just bad luck there at the end getting a flat because we didn't get the finish that we deserved.”

Stenhouse’s finish Sunday one lap down snapped a streak of eight consecutive races the driver finished on the lead lap.

Additionally, the driver gave his thoughts on the aero package used at MIS this weekend.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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“I thought this was a better race package though,” he said. “Everyone was running closer which makes for better racing so I think it was good.”

Tied with Allmendinger for total points (337), Stenhouse sits 21st in driver’s standings. Both drivers are 31 points behind 16th place Kasey Kahne heading into the June 26 race at Sonoma Raceway with 11 races remaining before the 2016 Chase begins.

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