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No. 25 A.J. Allmendinger
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A.J. Allmendinger takes over the No. 47 car for JTG-Daugherty Racing full-time in 2014. Allmendinger placed inside the top-10 at Watkins Glen
last season, the team's only top-10 finish.
January 14, 2014
Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.
2014 is the year A.J. Allmendinger will put the last year-and-a-half of turmoil behind him with a respectable team and sponsors that have his back.
When Allmendinger was suspended from NASCAR in 2012 and relieved of his duties at Penske Racing in the No. 22 car, it may have looked like the promising talent’s days in NASCAR premiere series might have been all but over. Arguably, Allmendinger’s best ride to date didn’t even last half-a-season, but the California native battled through adversity to earn a ride back.
After completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program in late 2012, Allmendinger ran select races for Phoenix Racing, JTG-Daugherty Racing, and Penske Racing in the Nationwide Series from late 2012 through 2013.
With victories in both Nationwide starts last year, and nine top-20 finishes in 18 starts at the Cup level, Allmendinger was named the full-time driver of the No.47 car for 2014 in August. With Allmendinger replacing 2000 champion Bobby Labonte, Allmendinger will return to NASCAR’s premiere series with a ride that has had its sponsorship steady since its inception.
If 2013 was an early indicator of what is to come this season, 2014 for Allmendinger will include strong runs, especially at intermediate tracks and road course races. With a Richard Childress Racing alliance for JTG-DR, the No. 47 team will better their 2013 effort, with one driver inside the car, and
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