“You Don’t Know” – Did AJ Allmendinger Hint at Retirement in the Future?

Published 09/24/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Concord, North Carolina, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) races through the chicane in the rain during the Drive for the Cure 250 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Last weekend, AJ Allmendinger got the win at the Bristol Motor Speedway. In the process, he went on to become the 2021 Xfinity regular-season champion. For obvious reasons, the #16 Kaulig Racing was utterly thrilled to win the race and take the regular-season title.

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Speaking after the race, he said, “It’s awesome to have you [the fans] back in the grandstands. That’s the most important thing. Without all of you, all of you at home, we can’t do this. So thank you so much for showing up, packing this place. You don’t know when you’re going to do this again. You never know, maybe this could be the last win, I don’t know. I hope its not, we can do a lot better.”

Judging by his comments, the driver could be dropping hints at retirement in the future. After all, he will be turning 40 later this year in December.

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AJ Allmendinger is eager to finally win an Xfinity Series title

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So far in his NASCAR Xfinity Series career, a title has always eluded him. Though this is largely down to the fact that he has never run on a full-time basis until this season. Needless to say, he is actually giving reigning champion Austin Cindric a very tough fight. So far, Allmendinger has notched up four wins, compared to Cindric’s five.

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)

Now, the two drivers are heading into the Xfinity Series playoffs, as the favorites. However, it is worth mentioning that they have to keep an eye out for any of the other playoff drivers looking to spoil the party. Aside from Austin Cindric and AJ Allmendinger, the likes of Justin Allgaier, Noah Gragson, and Justin Haley are also threats.

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Even the likes of Jeb Burton has managed to sneak in a win this season. This naturally adds to the Playoffs an element of unpredictability. One thing is for sure, the next seven Playoff races will be a fiercely contested affair.

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Dhruv George

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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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