Chasing The Underdogs

Chasing the Underdogs: Allmendinger Leads the Way at Martinsville


Last week’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway didn’t yield any outstanding finishes by the underdog drivers. The best finish was a 20th place finish from Richard Petty Motorsports driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.

Fast forward to Monday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series STP 500 from Martinsville Speedway and fans of the underdogs had something to cheer about all afternoon as JTG-Daugherty driver AJ Allmendinger gave many something to talk about.

Allmendinger who qualified a measly 25th had no problem working his way through the field Monday afternoon, cracking the top-10 early on and staying there.

Martinsville is a track that the driver of No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has run very consistently at over the years. It’s really no surprise though as Allmendinger’s road course success has been compared to his success at the paperclip.

In his last six starts at the short track Allmendinger has only finished outside the top-11 once which was a 40th place finish last fall after being involved in an accident.

Allmendinger would finish the STP 500 in the 8th position which is his best finish since the season opener Daytona 500 where he crossed the finish line in the 10th position.

No other underdog ran as well as Allmendinger who was the only underdog to finish the race on the lead lap.

However, Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell left the paperclip with a solid 21st place showing after starting in the 24th position.

Here are how the other underdogs fared at Martinsville:

Ty Dillon, 22nd
Chris Buescher, 23rd
David Ragan 25th
Cole Whitt, 27th
D.J. Kennington, 28th
Ross Chastain, 29th
JJ Yeley, 31st
Matt DiBenedetto, 32nd
Darrell Wallace Jr, 34th
Harrison Rhodes, 35th
Gray Gaulding, 36th
Landon Cassill, 38th

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah Handy is a NASCAR writer. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahHandy85. A college student studying Communications/Public Relations Field and an Electronics Associate at Walmart. Sarah enjoys tweeting about racing, running, reading, puzzles, video games, and photography. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah avidly follows all major New England Teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins & Celtics) as well as a huge fan of what she considers her “home track” New Hampshire Motor Speedway which she attends each year.

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