CONCORD, NC – Friday was a strong showing out of the JTG Daugherty Racing camp on the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL. AJ Allmendinger qualified his No. 47 Chevrolet on the front row in second while his teammate Chris Buescher will start 10th in Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL 400 (2 p.m. ET/NBC/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
That’s about as solid as it gets for the organization.
They certainly have a shot of winning Sunday’s race which would be huge.
But, for how this week is shaping up for them, it’s even bigger.
On Tuesday, the team announced that they were moving on from Allmendinger for 2019. On Friday, they named Ryan Preece as his replacement. They also announced that Buescher will be retained and they’ll also switch from RCR engines to Hendrick.
All good change for 2019.
But, what about the rest of 2018?
Allmendinger is in a lame duck position as all he can do is search for a ride for 2019 and try to finish 2018 as strong as possible. What a perfect weekend to do so with a 2.28 mile road course.
Allmendinger’s lone Cup Series victory came on a road course in Watkins Glen in 2014 which put him into the playoffs. He and the team knew that their best shot of making any postseason appearances since would be on road courses. Unfortunately, he’s failed to deliver.
Oddly enough, the organizations best finishes have been on plate tracks. Twice this season they’ve finished with dual top 10’s, both occurring at Daytona. In July, they nabbed dual top fives.
Can they do so again on Sunday?