Friday, August 5, 2016

Chase birth on line for A.J. Allmendinger at Watkins Glen

A.J. Allmendinger is 8/1 to win Sunday at Watkins Glen.
It’s now or, quite possibly, never for JTG Daugherty Racing’s AJ Allmendinger.

The road-course ace gets his best shot to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International (2:30 p.m. ET on USA).

“It’s no secret, I love this racetrack,” said Allmendinger, who made the 2014 Chase with the first, and only, win of his career at Watkins Glen. “I love road course racing.”

In seven career starts at the Central New York race track, Allmendinger owns one win, two top fives, four top 10s and an average finish of 10.1.

“This is a place – Watkins Glen and Sonoma, just road course racing in general – where I think a driver can make more of a difference, but you’ve still got to have the right package,” Allmendinger said.

Allmendinger also noted the new racing surface installed after last year’s contest will affect the competition on Sunday.

“Fuel mileage always plays a key factor in that race,” he said. “Now, with the repave, I think strategy is going to be even more important. … It’s going to be an interesting race for sure.”

The Californian understands how vital a Sunday win is to his Chase hopes.

“Obviously, for a win you’re going to take whatever risk you have to,” Allmendinger said. “We just have to go out there and do our jobs.”

- NASCAR Wire Service

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