Avid golfer AJ Allmendinger tries to teach JTG Daugherty Racing teammate Chris Buescher how to swing the club.
AJ Allmendinger sat down with NASCAR.com to reflect on the ups and downs of his 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
New JTG Daugherty Racing teammates AJ Allmendinger and Chris Buescher answer questions about each other -- including which movie duo they represent.
Trevor Bayne blows a tire, causing AJ Allmendinger to slide in the early going at Darlington Raceway.
Drivers AJ Allmendinger and Chris Buescher give an inside look at JTG Daugherty Racing.
AJ Allmendinger reflects on how special Watkins Glen is to him and how the No. 47 team can play the role of playoff spoiler with a win.
RELATED: Race results " View from No. 88 " Elliott rides along the wall TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Just when it appeared there would be no "Big One" at Talladega Superspeedway and drivers would exit the 2.66-mile monstrosity with nothing more severe than a mild case of fatigue, AJ Allmendinger made contact with Chase Elliott, Elliott made contact with the wall, Joey Logano made contact with Elliott and cars turned -- over, sideways and every which way. It was, indeed, the "Big One" at Talladega, and its toll on Sunday's GEICO 500 field was not surprising. Officially 18 of the 40 cars that started the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race were involved to some degree. Some had dings and dents. They were the fortunate ones. Elliott's No. 24 Chevrolet came off the ground after being broadsided by Logano. Allmendinger's No. 47 Chevy wound up on its roof. The three were among those running inside the top five, which made avoiding the spinning, crashing cars a bit of a challenge for those behind. The wreck unfolded just shy of Lap 170 in a race only scheduled for 188, bringing an end to what had been a somewhat clean -- if tense -- afternoon of racing on NASCAR's largest track. Nine of the 18 cars went to the garage, not to be seen again. Elliott and Allmendinger chatted after each was evaluated and released from the track's infield care center. "He just apologized," Elliott said. "I don't know that it was really his fault, per se. He had a big run and he kind of got to my bumper and just happened to be in a bad spot coming up off the corner, skewed a little bit to my left rear. "And when that happens, it just unloads these cars too much." The Hendrick Motorsports driver, still seeking his first career victory, finished 30th. MORE: Danica involved as well with a hard hit " Wildest 'Dega wrecks Allmendinger remained buckled in his overturned JTG Daugherty entry while rescue workers righted the vehicle. "I'm fine … happy I didn't get hit upside down," he said. "It's just Talladega. It's all it is. … The No. 18 (Kyle Busch) and No. 24 of Chase, they were kind of moving around and at the time I think (Kevin) Harvick got behind me and we were shoving." Elliott "opened the door," said Allmendinger , who was credited with a 31st-place finish, "and then kind of closed it and I tried to check up a little bit and tapped him, and when I checked up it was a big wreck after that." As for Logano, twice a winner in the fall race here, the view out the windshield of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford was a disturbing one. "I saw Chase tank-slapping it down the backstretch," Logano said. "I was hoping he'd turn to the left when he started spinning, but he went up the race track and I was just sitting there in the outside lane saying, 'Oh, I'm going to be the first one there and I can't get away from him.' " Logano finished 32nd, with he and most of the others involved officially making it to Lap 168 but no more. "That's kind of a bummer," he said. "It's part of it and part of superspeedway racing. Sometimes you win these things and sometimes you get caught up in them." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
RELATED: See Sunday's full lineup WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- AJ Allmendinger would like nothing better than a good, strong case of déjà vu. "Hopefully, we're reliving last year," Allmendinger said after putting his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet on the pole for Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at The Glen (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM). Last year the road-course ace barged into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup by winning at Watkins Glen from the sixth starting position. On Saturday at the 2.45-mile road course, Allmendinger posted the only sub-69-second lap (1:08.993) to win the pole at 127.839 mph, edging Martin Truex Jr . (127.569 mph) for the top starting spot in the 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. Tony Stewart (127.481 mph) qualified third, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick (127.416 mph) and four-time Watkins Glen winner Jeff Gordon (127.181 mph), who is making his final start at the New York road course as a full-time Sprint Cup driver. The Coors Light Pole Award was the fourth of Allmendinger's career, his first at Watkins Glen and his second of the season -- and it marked a dramatic turnaround from a disappointing final practice on Friday afternoon, when Allmendinger was 28th on the speed chart. "I didn't do a good job (on Friday)," Allmendinger said. "They saved me. They gave me a good race car… I don't know if I'll sleep any better tonight, but I'll be ready for tomorrow." As he tries for a repeat performance, Allmendinger will have a familiar chassis under him. "It's the same car we ran last year, the same car we ran at Sonoma," said Allmendinger , who also won the pole for the West Coast road course race in June. "But they put a lot more work into it over the winter to make sure it was lighter, we got the right tools that we needed into the car to make it faster." Clearly, there's pressure on Allmendinger to qualify for the Chase, but most of it is self-generated. "There isn't any more pressure than I put on myself," he said. "These guys (his team) deserve it. I want to lift them on my shoulders and carry them to Victory Lane. Last year was special and it just makes you want to do it more and more. "But the outside, there ain't nothing there (in terms of pressure). It's all inside here that I put the pressure on myself, and I'm going to go try to make it happen. These guys deserve it." Kyle Larson , Dale Earnhardt Jr ., Kyle Busch , Jimmie Johnson and Austin Dillon will start from positions six through 10 on the grid.
Watch as Chase Elliott gets turned by AJ Allmendinger and causes a multi-car wreck on Lap 168.
The 47 car is returned upright and Allmendinger walks away unharmed.