What looked like a promising day for AJ Allmendinger, who started from the outside of the front row in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma Raceway, morphed into a disappointing end result, finishing 37th.
“We led a lot of laps today and we were good enough to win the thing, no doubt,” Allmendinger said. “It’s just disappointing the way our day ended and to leave Sonoma with a car that’s tore up.
“I’m proud of my guys and all the hard work they put into this weekend. It’s just tough. We were hoping to bring home a win today.”
Allmendinger was running 20th at the time on Lap 86 when he quickly took on the look of a human pinball. First, Allmendinger’s Chevy was hit by Dale Earnhardt Jr., at least the second incident Junior was involved in during the race, having also taken out Matt Kenseth earlier.
Allmendinger then spun and was clipped by both Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers, suffering damage across the entire front end and fenders.
He promptly fell to 31st place and pretty much kissed hopes of his and JTG Daugherty Racing’s first career Sprint Cup wins goodbye.
Allmendinger had dominated much of the first half of the race, leading 35 laps of the 110-lap event.
The video of Allmendinger’s late-race incident is below.
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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.
Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.
Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.
Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.
With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.
Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.
Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.
GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.