NSCS: The Dinger Gets It Done; Allmendinger Takes Pole for Sunday’s Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Recap by Race Chaser Online New York Correspondent Steven Ovens — Todd Warshaw/Getty Images North America photo —

AJ Allmendinger is trying to repeat history this weekend at Watkins Glen.

The driver of the No. 47 for JTG Daugherty Racing picked up the victory last August and is looking to do the same after qualifying on the Coors Light Pole for Sunday’s Cheez -355 at The Glen.  Allmendinger ran a lap of 68.993 seconds at an average of 127.839 miles per hour.

“Obviously starting up front here is really critical,” Allmendinger said in his post-qualifying media availability.

“Yesterday was not a smooth day.  I felt like when we unloaded we had a great car.  We went down a path throughout the course of practices that didn’t work.  By the end of yesterday I thought we were way off which had me nervous for today.”

They went to work and looked over old notes to get the speed and balance back underneath the car to help Allmendinger advance through the first round of qualifying.

“After that first lap in the first round, I was pretty happy with how the car felt and the speed that it showed.”

Martin Truex Jr. in the  No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet was second fastest with a lap of 69.139 seconds, averaging 127.569 miles per hour.  Truex’s effort made it an all ECR Engines front row for Sunday’s race on the 2.45 mile road course.

“We had a really good practice yesterday and felt good about the car,” Truex said after his second place effort.

“Qualifying is important here and it feels good to be starting up front.”

Tony Stewart was able to block out the distractions coming into this race weekend to take his Bass Pro Shops No. 14 to third in the final round of qualifying.  Kevin Harvick made a last ditch effort for a pole run, but didn’t get the best run through the bus stop (inner loop) and bailed out of his last run to settle for fourth.

Jeff Gordon, in his last Watkins Glen start, will roll away from position number five.  The rest of the top 12 was Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski and Justin Allgaier.

 

RESULTS: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series; Cheez-It 355 at the Glen; Coors Light Pole Qualifying; August 8, 2015

  1. A.J. Allmendinger
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Tony Stewart
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Jeff Gordon
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  8. Kyle Busch
  9. Jimmie Johnson
  10. Austin Dillon
  11. Brad Keselowski
  12. Justin Allgaier
  13. Denny Hamlin
  14. Kurt Busch
  15. Carl Edwards
  16. Joey Logano
  17. Jamie McMurray
  18. Clint Bowyer
  19. David Ragan
  20. Ryan Newman
  21. Aric Almirola
  22. Danica Patrick
  23. Kasey Kahne
  24. Sam Hornish Jr.
  25. Greg Biffle
  26. Matt Kenseth
  27. Matt DiBenedetto
  28. Paul Menard
  29. Casey Mears
  30. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  31. Michael McDowell
  32. Chris Buescher
  33. Cole Whitt
  34. Trevor Bayne
  35. Alex Kennedy
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. David Gilliland
  38. Boris Said
  39. Alex Bowman
  40. Michael Annett
  41. Jeb Burton
  42. J.J. Yeley
  43. Timmy Hill

 

 

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