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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