AJ Allmendinger Opens Up on His Championship Hopes After NASCAR Xfinity Series Win in Las Vegas

Published 03/07/2021, 1:20 PM EST
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads AJ Allmendinger (16) during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


The NASCAR Xfinity race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway concluded last night. AJ Allmendinger triumphed over Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones. With 12 laps to go, Allmendinger snatched the lead and never looked back since then and rocketed away. Of course, Hemric did his best to keep AJ Allmendinger honest during the race.

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Following his race victory, he spoke to FOX Sports about his championship hopes. He said, “What I’m enjoying most, right now, is the first time to really work on the sim. Help try and develop setups, work ourselves in the right direction and get better. I really thought at the Daytona road course and Homestead, and now here, our race cars are a lot faster.”

He noted that it was mostly down to the setup tuning. Having said all that, he is not confirming his status as a title contender. Instead, he is taking it one step at a time until the playoffs. This is because he sees little sense in having a strong regular season, only to fizzle during the playoffs.

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What else did AJ Allmendinger say?

He continued, “For me, it’s about living every weekend, working on the tools to make these race cars better. Not just on the #16 car, I was enjoying watching Justin Haley go try and take the lead from Austin Cindric. Just driving through the field, early in the first stage. Then I was leading the race, it just shows that all of our cars are strong. Jeb [Burton] finished in the Top 10, and if he did, that’s all four races in the Top 10.”

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, Allmendinger insisted that he is not considering his team as the strongest. However, he acknowledged that they are getting there together. To be perfectly honest, the Kaulig Racing trio are in fine form, with all three of their drivers in the Top 6. The season is still long, and there are plenty of chances to strengthen their position and challenge for the title.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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