So far, A.J. Allmendinger hasn’t had the kind luck that it takes to become one of the 16 drivers in Chase for the Sprint Cup field in 2016. The JTG/Daughtery Racing driver only has one top five finish and just three top 10’s in 21 races this season, as his chances of making the Chase come down to just one race now – Watkins Glen.
That puts a lot of pressure on the California native, but its one that he can thrive in. The same pressure was on him in 2014, and he led 30 laps en route to his first career and only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at the upstate New York road course.
Now, he faces a similar scenario this weekend, as lets face it, Allmendinger isn’t going to win at any of the last four races before the regular season ends. He just hasn’t had the No. 47 Chevrolet running well enough this year to be considered as a threat to win at Bristol, Michigan, Darlington or Richmond.
Plus, he hasn’t been consistent enough up front either to make the Chase as a wildcard, as Allmendinger is currently 59 points out of the final spot with five races to go. Can he realistically make up that much ground over five weeks with just three top 10’s during the entire season?
That’s why a road course in Watkins Glen is his best shot.
Allmendinger has four top 10 finishes in his last five Watkins Glen starts including winning the pole there a year ago.
Now, it’s time to see if he can steal a Chase spot away from someone.