NASCAR: A.J. Allmendinger’s 2020 return expanded

A.J. Allmendinger’s return to Kaulig Racing has been expanded from one race to eight races for the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season.

Earlier this year, Kaulig Racing confirmed that A.J. Allmendinger, who drove for the team in five races throughout the 2019 NASCAR Xfinity Series season, is slated to return to the team for a second season.

They confirmed that the 38-year-old Los Gatos, California native is set to drive their third car, the #16 Chevrolet, in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 15 alongside full-time drivers Ross Chastain in the #10 Chevrolet and Justin Haley in the #11 Chevrolet.

Now they have confirmed that he is set to compete in an additional seven races throughout the year.

In addition to the season opener, Allmendinger is set to compete in the other two superspeedway races: the race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 25 and the other race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, August 28.

He is also slated to compete in the five road course races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Road America, Watkins Glen International and the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval on Saturday, May 30, Saturday, July 4, Saturday, August 8, Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, October 10, respectively.

Here is what Allmendinger had to say about this opportunity.

“I’m looking forward to returning to the Kaulig Racing organization. I had so much fun working with everyone on the team last season and being teammates with Justin and Ross. Hopefully I can help the team in any way possible so that we can build on the success we had last year and go for more wins. More than anything, Kaulig Racing is just a great team to compete for, especially with Matt Kaulig as the owner and Chris Rice as the President of the team.”

Here is what Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice had to add.

“A.J. has played an instrumental role in competition for Kaulig Racing. He has helped guide our road course program and has been a great resource for our other drivers, crew chiefs and engineers to lean on. I look forward to what he can do in more races for us this season.”

In 2019, Allmendinger was stripped of a third place finish and a second place finish at Daytona International Speedway and Watkins Glen International, respectively, after his car failed post-race inspection. He did win the race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway roval. His other two finishes were a third place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and a 24th place finish at Road America.

Allmendinger, who last competed full-time in NASCAR in the 2018 Cup Series season, has never competed in more than seven Xfinity Series races in a season. He has competed in 16 races in the series throughout his career, including a career-high seven in the 2007 season driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.

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The 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season is scheduled to get underway in just over two weeks on Saturday, February 15. The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 is set to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 from Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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