AJ Allemendinger Claims First Season Victory
AJ Allemendinger has had hard times lately with a loss of his Penske seat in 2012 and has been fighting back ever since and his victory on Sunday put him back on top again and saw him qualify for the Chase. He explained afterwards that he has always wanted to win a sprint cup race and now he has managed that and to do it with his team meant a lot to him.
He did admit afterwards that the Chase was not important to him at the moment and that just having the win was what he was aiming for. However, he said that he would have a think about it afterwards.
The race was an interesting with Jeff Gordon leading from pole position and the first caution did little to shake things up. Right from the start Allemendinger looked good, racing really fast and staying with the leaders. Several drivers suffered from car failures and an accident wiped out a selection of drivers as well. Thankfully a spin in the air, although the scariest hit seen at the Glen, did not badly injure Michael McDowell although it took him out of the race. Newman who was the one who had been clipped and spun in to the track that caused the accident later said that he felt the track could have some more safety walls to make things better for the drivers in the same way that they have done it at Daytona. The accident led to barrier repairs having to made and clean ups to the track and it caused a 1.5 hour delay.
There were several other delays due to accidents as well and in the end it was a two lap shoot out between Allmendinger and Ambrose who were at the front. However, Ambrose pushed as hard as he could and just could not pass and so had to settle for second place.