‘Look Forward to Every Weekend’- AJ Allmendinger Expresses Desire to Win More NASCAR Races

Published 03/12/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


AJ Allmendinger has particularly been known for his brilliance at road course races. But he exuded a similar confidence and swagger en route achieving his first win of the 2021 Xfinity season at Las Vegas.

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It marked the second time he won at an oval racetrack in the division, with the veteran showcasing his versatility. Speaking in an interview, he opened up about the ‘road course ringer’ title and wanting to achieve more with Kaulig Racing.

He said, “I’ve also joked around about when people call me a ‘road course ringer’ because I said, ‘Well at least, they’re not saying you equally suck at everything!’ So I’ve always at least taken that name with a little bit of pride.”

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Feel like we can show up and run up front and be competitive, said AJ Allmendinger

“But yeah, I have had the confidence that in the right situation, I can win on ovals. But it’s taken the right situation, and Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice have put me in that situation.”

Last Sunday’s win meant that ‘AJ’ has now secured a race victory in his 3rd season running in the Xfinity Series. With Kaulig Racing gradually improving, he believes that there is potential for all of their cars to drive home into Victory Lane.

“And like I said, the men and women there are just building fast racecars. So, I look forward to every weekend right now. I feel like we can show up, go out there, and run up front and be competitive and keep doing do what we’re doing.”

Allmendinger’s next assignment lies at the Phoenix Raceway

“There’s no quitting this race team, there’s no kinda at ease, now that we’ve won a race. We want to win a lot more, and I want all three of our cars into Victory Lane at some point this year. So I think we can do that,” concluded Allmendinger.

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SONOMA, CA – JUNE 27: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet, poses in front of the Coors Light Pole Award board after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The Kaulig No.16 was exceptional at Las Vegas, claiming the lead with 12 laps to go and fending off challenges from Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones. With the confidence gained from the win, Allmendinger will now aim for a similar result at Phoenix.

AJ certainly has a decent record at the venue, with 4 top-half finishes in his last 5 races there. Rest assured, the veteran would want to keep the momentum going and achieve more success for Kaulig Racing.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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