A.J Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing emerged from the Charlotte Roval race with excitement and the feeling of triumph. It is clear that he excels on road courses, as evidenced by his previous performance at the Chicago Street Race. With his skills on display, he was viewed as a potential underdog to beat top drivers such as William Byron and Kyle Busch in Sunday’s race, driving the No. 16 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
This victory does not signify any further obstacles in his journey. NASCAR’s choice to change the existing system to a franchising model had consequences. The winner at Charlotte had to face some of these consequences recently, as his position in the Cup Series was put at risk.
What could be the reason for A.J. Allmendinger potentially moving down to Xfinity in 2024?
In their recent podcast, “The Teardown,” respected journalists Jordan Bianchi and Jeff Gluck covered a variety of topics, including the Charlotte Roval race. A.J. Allmendinger’s performance on the road course was a notable talking point, as he confidently passed other drivers and maintained his lead despite a strong challenge from Rowdy. Even a late surge from Byron couldn’t stop him from staying ahead of the pack.
As the discussion shifted towards A.J., attention was drawn to his current contract status. Prior to the race, the driver of car #16 clarified that while he desires to continue racing in the Cup next year, the circumstances surrounding it have been challenging. The ultimate decision will be in the hands of Kaulig Racing team president Chris Rice. The #16 team has faced some unusual decisions in 2023, such as dropping down to Xfinity for one race instead of competing in the Cup at Richmond.
AJ Allmendinger expressed his desire to compete in the Cup series next year, but he currently does not have any new information about his plans for the next season. He also emphasized his willingness to follow any requests from Kaulig Racing.
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According to Jordan Bianchi, during their discussion before the post-race press conference, he asked Rice about A.J.’s situation. Rice’s response was that it was not just about A.J., but also about the lack of sponsorship and funding for the #16 car.
AJ Allmendinger finished the Roval race in tears, as Kyle Busch’s “Leapfrog” strategy ended his chances at a championship.
AJ Allmendinger was overcome with emotion after completing the Roval race, as Kyle Busch’s “Leapfrog” tactic crushed his hopes of winning the championship.
Although Allmendinger has secured a victory, it is uncertain if he will continue competing in the Cup. On the contrary, Kaulig Racing has announced that Daniel Hemric will be their full-time driver in 2024. After taking a break, the 2021 Xfinity champion will return to the top level of racing.
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A.J. Allmendinger is a well-known name, dating back to 2007. He first appeared in the Cup with Red Bull Racing, but later joined Petty Motorsports in 2009. In 2012, he was chosen by Roger Penske to fill in for an injured Kurt Busch. However, this proved to be a difficult year for Allmendinger as he failed a drug test and was subsequently let go from the team.
The winner of the Charlotte race in 2018 announced his retirement, stepping away from racing full-time. However, he did not stay away for long. Kaulig Racing made the decision to bring him back to Xfinity in 2019. Despite having previously roared his engine at Roval, he was able to lead the team to their second win at the track. In 2020, A.J. Allmendinger once again won two races, solidifying his decision to commit to a full-time season in Xfinity. He proved his team’s belief in him by winning the regular-season championship and finishing in fourth place overall in the season standings.
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It’s unfortunate that a driver of his skill level will be leaving the competition because of financial limitations. Some may believe that Kaulig Racing should take more time to consider this decision and choose to retain A.J. Allmendinger for another year.
Kaulig Racing is facing the harsh reality of NASCAR as A.J. Allmendinger is left without a Cup ride, according to a veteran insider. This development was reported by EssentiallySports.