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Flashback Friday: AJ Allmendinger Wins Watkins Glen

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In this week’s Flashback Friday, we’re reliving when Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, AJ Allmendinger won at Watkins Glen International.

The date was August 10, 2014 and it would soon become a day the JTG-Daugherty driver and the organization would never forget.

Allmendinger was making his 213th career start in NASCAR’s premiere series but is a known expert road course racer from his days in open-wheel.

However, the car and driver to beat for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen was fellow competitor Marcos Ambrose who was going for the weekend sweep after winning Saturday’s Zippo 200 and had a very strong car come Sunday as well.

Allmendinger was able to hold off a charging Ambrose through the first two turns on the races final restart and went on to open a lead to the finish line.

As expected, Allmendinger was ecstatic after winning his first cup race having said the following in victory lane.

“My gosh, I can’t believe we won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race! I just wanted it for them, this team, they deserve it, they’ve worked so hard.”

With the victory, Allmendinger would be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup and it marked the first victory for JTG-Daugherty in the MENCS.

” To be able to say we’re a Chase team, we’re working hard and trying to get it back. When it comes to the Chase with the new format, it doesn’t mean we can’t get hot early. You don’t have to be amazing for 10 races, Allmendinger said.”

Up until his victory at The Glen, Allmendinger’s best career finish was a second-place result at Martinsville Speedway in April of 2012.

The 36-year old will look to capture his second career cup victory at in the Go Bowling at The Glen on Sunday afternoon in the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for JTG-Daugherty Racing.

Fantasy Note: AJ Allmendinger may be someone you should consider for your racing fantasy lineup this weekend.

In nine MENCS starts at Watkins Glen, Allmendinger has 1 win, 3 top-5’s, and 6 top-10 finishes to go along with one pole position.

His average finish sits at 9.3 and he’s sure to be a contender for the win with his experience and track record on road courses. If he doesn’t win, based on his statistics he should solidly finish within the top-10.

In his last two races at The Glen he has finishes of 9th (2017) and 4th (2016).

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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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