MARTINSVILLE, VA – The cancellation of qualifying hurt no one worse than AJ Allmendinger. That track position he could have had at the start of Monday’s rain/snow delayed STP 500 at the Martinsville (VA) Speedway would have aided him to likely a top five finish when it was all said and done. See, Allmendinger was strong this weekend. In practice, he was 13th and sixth respectively. Plus, he’s had a top 10 starting spot in four of the last six races on the .526-mile Virginia paperclip.
Instead, he started 26th because they based the lineup on owners points.
Despite that, the JTG Daugherty driver raced his way up to seventh in the first stage. In the second stage, he’d score more stage points and finish eighth. For the race, that’s right where he’d finish – eighth.
While that result may surprise you, since he’s had three straight finishes outside the top 20, it doesn’t surprise me.
He’s now finished in the top 11 in seven of his last nine Martinsville starts including being runner-up in the spring race of 2016. He also finished second there in the spring of 2012 too.
Just think of what he could have done with better track position at the start of the race.