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NSCS: What Could Have Been – Allmendinger Misses Chases Advancement by Two Points

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DOVER, Del. — For some, wins in this sport can come very few and far between. For AJ Allmendinger, his victory at Watkins Glen International stands as his most honored achievement throughout his long career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“It’s disappointing to miss it by two points, but we didn’t deserve to be in it with the run that we had.” – AJ Allmendinger.

Being dubbed an “underdog” heading into this 2014 Chase was something that Allmendinger and the entire JTG-Daugherty team embraced from the very beginning. Even though they were just two points shy of advancing to round two and blowing the socks off of everybody in the garage, Allmendinger knew that they gave it their all from start to finish.

“We didn’t give up,” said Allmendinger who finish 23rd. “We kept throwing the kitchen sink at it every stop. My crew chief Brian Burns did everything he could to keep trying to make it better. We just missed it all weekend.”

Allmendinger had similar comments on Friday when he could only manage a 28th-place starting spot for Sunday’s AAA 400. During the weekend, the No.47 Chevrolet showed promise in opening practice where he was second on the board. They struggled to continue that speed into the race and to stay on the lead lap.

“I’m not going to take a moral victory out of it to miss it by two points, its disappointing,  but we know we are making steps in the right direction. We beat some good cars, but we have seven races to go. Just because we didn’t make it doesn’t mean our season is over with. We have to keep working and get better.”

To see the single car team of JTG-Daugherty Racing get their first win in dramatic fashion, make the 16-driver Chase and be in the thick of things for the top 12, are very impressive things to accomplish after years of lackluster speed. The team is clearly making hearty steps in the right direction.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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