AJ Allmendinger has appeared in seven Daytona 500s and will make his fourth start with JTG Daugherty Racing in 2017. For the first time since joining JTG, he’ll have a teammate in Chris Buescher, which should provide some help at restrictor-plate tracks.
Check out Allmendinger’s history in the Great American Race.
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2009, 3rd-place with Richard Petty Motorsports
Driving the No. 44 Dodge for RPM, Allmendinger put together a great Daytona 500 debut. He marched up from a 20th starting spot to finish third in the rain-shortened race.
Before Joey Logano took over the No. 22 ride, Allmendinger and Sam Hornish Jr. split the ride in the 2012 season. Allmendinger piloted the first-half of the season and posted a 34th-place finish at Daytona.
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2014, 26th for JTG Daugherty Racing
After missing the 2013 Daytona 500 because he wasn’t in a full-time ride, Allmendinger landed in his current ride with JTG after running part-time with them in 2013. He finished six laps down in 26th in his first 500 with JTG.
Allmendinger overcame a 40th starting spot to pull out a solid finish in the 2015 Daytona 500. Allmendinger’s best finish so far with the JTG bunch.
2016, 21st for JTG
In last year’s Daytona 500, Allmendinger climbed up from a 30th starting spot to finish 21st in the 500. It would set him up for a season that he maintained his position and ended up with a 19th-place finish in the points standings.