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JTG Daugherty Racing adds Burnett, Cope to team
RELATED: Learn which drivers, crew chiefs are on the move AJ Allmendinger will have a new crew chief and JTG Daugherty Racing will have a new director of competition as Randall Burnett and Ernie Cope have joined the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organization. The team made the announcement Thursday via news release. Burnett previously served as lead race engineer at Chip Ganassi Racing , working with drivers Jamie McMurray (2010-12), Juan Pablo Montoya ('13) and Kyle Larson ('14-15). It will be his first stint as crew chief. In total, Burnett spent 10 years at Chip Ganassi Racing , where he also served as a 7-post analysis engineer, a lead team engineer and a data acquisition engineer. "I know the quality of work they do and the level they hold themselves to," Burnett, a native of Fenton, Missouri said. "Also, working with AJ is going to be exciting for me. We kind of grew up with the same background. AJ obviously had a tremendous amount of talent and is very passionate and very vocal about his passion." Burnett, a former Late Model racer, received a mechanical engineering degree from UNC Charlotte. "What I really like about Randall is that even though he hasn't been a crew chief, he's done every role you can ask for," Allmendinger said, "whether it's as a driver, car chief, engineer, test team or building race cars. "I think we are going to speak the same language pretty quickly. I know his knowledge is going to help us." The 2016 season will be Allmendinger's 10th, and his third (full-time with JTG ) since taking over the No. 47 entry. He scored his first career victory in 2014, winning at Watkins Glen and earning a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . He subsequently finished 13th in points, his best points finish to date. Burnett replaces the team’s former crew chief, Brian Burns. For Cope, it will be a reunion of sorts. The Tacoma, Washington native served as a crew chief in 2006-07 for the team’s drivers, Stacy Compton and Marcos Ambrose , in what is now known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In 2015, he guided Chase Elliott to the runner-up honors in the XFINITY Series this past season while at JR Motorsports. He also has led Kevin Harvick to 12 wins in the series. Cope, 46, will oversee development of the cars how they are built, and will likely work closely with Richard Childress Racing officials, with whom JTG Daugherty Racing has a technical alliance. "I'll make sure … Randall has exactly what he needs to be competitive," Cope said. "It's going to be his first shot at being crew chief and he's the right guy for the position. "I feel 100 percent in my heart that he is going to succeed and I'm going to help him succeed." Allmendinger failed to make this year's 16-team Chase field, and finished 22nd in points. An accomplished road racer, he scored poles at both NASCAR road-course stops this past season, starting out front at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.
Longtime partner renews with JTG Daugherty Racing
AJ Allmendinger announced Friday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway that Bush's Beans renewed its longtime partnership with his JTG Daugherty Racing No. 47 team. "Earlier this year we announced Kroger, just here to announce that Bush's Beans is coming back for a multiyear deal," Allmendinger said. "They've been with the company for over a decade. It's one of the best sponsors we have, especially when it comes to being family-oriented. They've been a family-oriented company for almost 107 years now." The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, seeking his second consecutive Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth, will be driving his Bush's Grillin' Beans Chevrolet SS in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM) in his sponsor's home state. "Just to be able to announce that for another multiyear deal with them, especially in this day and age of sponsorship and continually keep trying to find sponsors to have such great sponsors like we do and to have them pumped up about our race team and come back for more years and hopefully a lot of great years to come, it's great for us," Allmendinger said. Bush Brothers & Company, a family business for over 100 years ago in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, considers his NASCAR partners to be part of the family. "We are very excited to extend and expand our long-standing relationship with JTG Daugherty Racing ," Tom Ferriter, President and CEO, Bush Brothers & Company, said in a statement. "After 13 years, we think of Jodi (Geschickter), Tad, Brad ( Daugherty ), AJ and all of the No. 47 team as part of our family. "We look forward to continuing to work with JTG Daugherty Racing for many more years to come. We are especially proud to make this announcement at Bristol Motor Speedway since East Tennessee has been home to Bush Brothers & Company since our company's founding in 1908." Allmendinger will make his 15th career start in Thunder Valley, where he's led 54 laps with a 25.4 average finish. His best result was 12th in the 2011 spring race. He sits 22nd in the standings and likely needs to win his way into the Chase with three races left in the regular season.
Allmendinger signs extension with JTG Daugherty
The 33-year-old driver to stay with team through 2020 season SHOP: NASCAR gear " RELATED: Allmendinger inks multiyear deal with Kroger KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger has signed a five-year extension to remain with JTG Daugherty Racing , a move that will keep him in the No. 47 Chevrolet through the 2020 season. Allmendinger, 33, competed in nine Sprint Cup races with the team in 2013 before taking over the driving duties fulltime for the '14 season. A victory at Watkins Glen International was his first in the Sprint Cup Series, the first for the organization and secured a berth in last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . While he and the team failed to advance to past the opening Challenger Round of the Chase, his 13th-place points finish was a career best. The team is co-owned by husband and wife Tad and Jodi Geschickter as well as former NBA star Brad Daugherty . It was recently announced that The Kroger Company had increased its funding for the single-car team, serving as primary sponsor for 17 races this season and 24 in '16. "It goes along with this Kroger deal and a lot of the companies we have," Allmendinger said of his contract extension during a press conference prior to Saturday night's SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1, MRN, Sirius XM). "… The great thing is we've got a lot of sponsors; the tough thing is trying to remember them all. My suit weighs like 12 pounds now. It's a good problem to have. "With that said, those sponsors are here long-term; Tad and I did a new deal through 2020 which to me was just a no-brainer. Tad and Jodi have been such a big influence on my life outside the race car. Inside the race car it's great to have a job and be here for a long time but what they mean to me outside the car is family, people I consider some of my best friends. Kind of a renewed love of the sport they've given me, just a different outlook. … Tad handed me the contract and I flipped to the back page and signed it and said 'here you go.'" Allmendinger has 237 career starts in the Sprint Cup Series. He is also a two-time winner in the XFINITY Series. "Anybody that knows me they see my passion that I have, I always try to go out there and try to be better," he said. "It pushes me and my life every day. This race team, I really take everything to heart because I know how hard (they) work, what they give us and the effort they put into this race team. And I think sponsors see that too." Allmendinger enters tonight's race at Kansas Speedway 19th in points. He has two top-10 finishes in 10 starts this season. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JTG Daugherty Racing announces Allmendinger for ‘14
JTG Daugherty Racing announces Allmendinger as driver for 2014.
'Dinger paving road to success for JTG Daugherty
Driver credits RCR alliance with early 2015 gains Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live FONTANA, Calif. -- It's not hard to get lost in the long roster of drivers when you're on a single-car team. But when a single-car team driver like AJ Allmendinger is racing up front with NASCAR champions, he's on everyone's radar. The California native comes to Auto Club Speedway for Sunday's Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX) sitting in the top five in driver standings with two top-10s already under his belt and looking to score another this weekend. But the No. 47 team isn't paving the way to single-car success on its own. Martin Truex Jr . and Casey Mears join Allmendinger's company. Truex Jr., driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet, sits third in the driver standings and has started his 2015 season scoring nothing but top-10s. Mears, the driver of the No. 13 Germain Racing Chevrolet, is currently 12th in the standings with a top-10 finish in the Daytona 500 . All three are in a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and from last year to now the gains the organizations have made are astounding. For Mears, the refining of the alliance has mostly come from understanding the specifics of what goes into a successful race car. "Just improving communication, it is one thing to get a sheet of paper that says, 'Hey, here is the setup,' " Mears said on Saturday. "But when you actually go up and put your arm around the guy that is actually setting that car up and looking at his procedure and understanding how he does it there are a lot nuances. The devil is in the details. I think that we have paid closer attention to a lot of those details, and it is starting to pay off." "I think we're working well together," Allmendinger said. "It's hard when you make an alliance, trying to fit in and see where you fit in and see how much data you truly get ... I think a lot last year we were just behind because we did the alliance basically right before 2014. So we were trying to catch up on cars and everything. We didn't maximize the tools we had, which RCR really allowed us to have pretty much everything we needed." After a slow churn in the alliance, Allmendinger and the No. 47 team are finally getting their footing and it shows. "Going into this year, we just looked at 'OK, how do we make ourselves better,' " Allmendinger said. "We just started a lot further ahead this year than we were last year. This weekend and last weekend we have a brand new car. It's one of the first brand new cars from top to bottom we've had since the team was with Toyota. Just being ahead has really helped us." Allmendinger might have gotten a slow start last year before making the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field, but he scored his first top-10 of the season at the Fontana track. Looking ahead, Allmendinger recognizes that hard work equals success. "I'm happy with our team and where it's going," Allmendinger said. "We've got a lot of work to go to be one of those No. 48s and No. 4s and all those teams every weekend, but I can see the hard work is paying off and that's what's great from inside the race car and outside of it." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
JTG Daugherty forms Chevrolet-based alliance
Single-car entry latches on with Richard Childress Racing for 2014
The Rundown: Dover driver grades
RELATED: Full race results " Updated series standings Breaking down the full field for the AAA 400 Drive For Autism at Dover International Speedway : 1. Matt Kenseth , No. 20 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Kenseth outdueled Kyle Larson to end his hard-luck start to the season and grab his first win of 2016. All four Joe Gibbs Racing drivers now have a victory. Grade: A 2. Kyle Larson , No. 42 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Larson did everything short of bumping Kenseth to get his first Sprint Cup victory. Instead he settled for his fourth second-place finish in 87 starts and his fourth top 10 in five starts at Dover. Grade: A 3. Chase Elliott , No. 24 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Elliott overcame radio communication issues to make a late run at Kenseth before posting his eighth top-10 finish and move up four spots in the Sprint Cup Series driver standings to seventh. Grade: A 4. Kasey Kahne , No. 5 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Kahne's second top five in 2016 moved him back into the top 16 in the driver standings. He had three top fives all last season. Grade: A 5. Kurt Busch , No. 41 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . A solid day for the No. 41. Busch ran among the leaders all afternoon to ring up his series-high 10th top 10. He also moved up two spots in the driver standings to third. Grade : A 6. Brad Keselowski , No. 2 Ford, Team Penske . Disaster struck when he clipped Austin Dillon while running second on Lap 283. Then un-disaster struck when the No. 2 wasn't one of the 18 cars caught up in the big wreck. That's what you call a good day. Grade: B 7. Denny Hamlin , No. 11 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Hamlin was all over the place Sunday, leading 15 laps, racking up another pit-road penalty and at one point finding himself two laps back. And this was before getting collected in the big wreck. It's where you finish that counts, though. Grade: B 8. Ryan Blaney , No. 21 Ford, Wood Brothers Racing . Blaney avoided mayhem to post a career-best third straight top 10. He also moved up to 15th in the driver standings. Grade: A 9. Martin Truex Jr ., No. 78 Toyota, Furniture Row Racing . You've heard this before: Truex deserved better. Truex led 47 laps and was a fixture in the top 10. Fate came calling again, though. During the 10th caution, he purposely slowed at the exit of pit road to allow the No. 19 to pass him so his No. 78 could start fourth on the outside of the second row with less than 50 laps to go. Unfortunately that put him right behind Jimmie Johnson , who touched off the big wreck on the restart. Grade: A 10. Trevor Bayne , No. 6 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Bayne spent only 46 laps in the top 15 and had an average position of 21.9. But he still netted a top-10 finish, his third of 2016, which is one more than he had all last season. Grade: B 11. Paul Menard , No. 27 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Menard was involved in the big wreck, but and in his highest running position. He was one of only two drivers who did not complete at least one lap in the top 10 Sunday ( Tony Stewart was the other). Grade: C 12. Clint Bowyer , No. 15 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Bowyer manufactured his third consecutive top-20 finish, his first since he strung together four in races 24-27 last year. Grade: C 13. Danica Patrick , No. 10 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Driving a backup car, Patrick posted her best finish since her last top 10 – a ninth at Bristol more than a year ago. Maybe that's the formula. Grade: C 14. Ricky Stenhouse Jr ., No. 17 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Stenhouse is showing consistency: His finishes the past three races are 16th, 13th and 14th (Sunday). Grade: C 15. Kevin Harvick , No. 4 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . Harvick led a race-high 117 laps, and who knows how well he would have done if his pit crew had done its job? Harvick's grade is an average of his A and his crew's F. Grade: C 16. Ryan Newman , No. 31 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . Newman overcame a pit-road penalty and survived the big wreck, but he still dropped a spot in the standings to 18th, eight points out of 16th. Grade : C 17. David Ragan , No. 23 Toyota, BK Racing . Ragan posted his best finish since last September at Chicagoland (15th). And with his average running position of 30th, that kicks off a theme for the next four drivers. Grade: B 18. Chris Buescher , No. 34 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Buescher probably thought his day was toast when he went spinning with a little over 50 laps to go. Instead, he gets the best finish of his Sprint Cup career despite spending most of the day in the back of the field (29.0 average running position). Grade : B 19. Landon Cassill , No. 38 Ford, Front Row Motorsports . Cassill's average running position was 31.1 and he was 33rd at the halfway point. He also wasn't caught up in the big wreck. Grade: B 20. Michael McDowell , No. 95 Chevrolet, Circle Sport- Leavine Family Racing . McDowell (30.0 average running position) raced in the neighborhood of David Ragan , Chris Buescher and Landon Cassill and finished in their neighborhood, too, for his best day since finishing 15th at Daytona. Grade: B 21. Jamie McMurray , No. 1 Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. McMurray started his day in a backup car and finished a season-high five laps off the pace. Grade: C 22. Joey Logano , No. 22 Ford, Team Penske . Logano suffered heavy damage in the big wreck and finished the race nine laps back without a hood or any other sheet metal up front. Grade: C 23. AJ Allmendinger , No. 47 Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing . The 18-car pileup cost Allmendinger more than a poor finish; it dropped him outside the top 16 in the driver standings to 17th. Grade: C 24. Brian Scott , No. 44 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . His duel with Danica provided in-race entertainment in the first 100 laps. Grade: C 25. Jimmie Johnson , No. 48 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . When Johnson's transmission wouldn't go from second to third gear on the Lap 356 restart with the No. 48 on the outside of the front row, all the highlights of his day – moving up from starting 21st, passing 3,000 laps led at Dover – went out the window faster than it took 17 cars to pile up behind him. Grade: C 26. Casey Mears , No. 13 Chevrolet, Germain Racing . The big wreck triggered by Johnson ruined Mears' day. Grade: C 27. Cole Whitt , No. 98 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Despite his third DNF of the season, Whitt posted his third-best finish of the season. Grade: C 28. Carl Edwards , No. 19 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . Just a handful of laps after avoiding the big wreck, Edwards was running third with 39 laps to go when a tap from behind from Kyle Larson sent the No. 19 hard into the inside wall nose first. Grade: B 29. Greg Biffle , No. 16 Ford, Roush Fenway Racing . Biffle stayed out during the fourth caution and led six laps – the first laps he has led this season. The big wreck left him with his third DNF of the season, the same number he had in the previous five seasons combined. Grade: B- 30. Kyle Busch , No. 18 Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing . The handling was not good on the No. 18, and the big wreck took care of the rest of Busch's car. Grade: D 31. Aric Almirola , No. 43 Ford, Richard Petty Motorsports . After making up the two laps he lost following purposeful contact from Tony Stewart on Lap 129, Almirola took a hard hit in the big wreck that left him with a potentially broken finger. In other words, not a good day. Grade: D 32. Dale Earnhardt Jr ., No. 88 Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports . Junior suffered his third DNF of the season and second in three races when the No. 88 was knocked out in the big wreck. Grade: C 33. Austin Dillon , No. 3 Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing . A day to forget. Dillon brought out the fifth caution when a rotor broke on Lap 184 and he hit the wall. His team fixed the rotor, and he turned to the race only to be hit by Brad Keselowski on Lap 283. Grade: C 34. Tony Stewart , No. 14 Chevrolet, Stewart-Haas Racing . The No. 14 was not competitive (15th was its high point), and with 57 laps to go, the track bar on the No. 14 broke and punctured the oil tank. End of race. Grade: F 35. Jeffrey Earnhardt , No. 32 Ford, Go Fas Racing . Earnhardt was running at the finish – but a career-high 66 laps back. Grade: D 36. Josh Wise , No. 30 Chevrolet, The Motorsports Group. Lost a cylinder early but was running at the finish. Grade: F 37. Michael Annett , No. 46 Chevrolet, HScott Motorsports . Contact from Jamie McMurray sent Annett smashing into the inside wall on Lap 227, ending his day. Grade: D 38. Reed Sorenson , No. 55 Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports. Sorenson's day ended with a spin on Lap 214. Grade: F 39. Regan Smith , No. 7 Chevrolet, Tommy Baldwin Racing . Smith posted his worst finish of the season after going for a spin and hitting the wall on Lap 144. Grade: F 40. Matt DiBenedetto , No. 83 Toyota, BK Racing . The Monster's outside wall devoured its first victim when the No. 83's right front tire went on Lap 120. Grade: F
Allmendinger confident in second year with JTG
AJ Allmendinger talks about his second year with JTG Daugherty Racing , his first memories at Daytona International Speedway, and his hair gel.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Owner Standings
After Race 12 of the 2016 season at Dover International Speedway Pos Owner Car # Points Ldr Nxt PPos G/L Attempts 1 Stewart-Haas Racing 4 418 0 -- 1 0 12 2 Joe Gibbs Racing 18 397 -21 -21 2 0 12 3 Stewart-Haas Racing 41 386 -32 -11 5 2 12 4 Joe Gibbs Racing 19 381 -37 -5 3 -1 12 5 Hendrick Motorsports 48 370 -48 -11 4 -1 12 6 Team Penske 2 368 -50 -2 6 0 12 7 Hendrick Motorsports 24 341 -77 -27 11 4 12 8 Team Penske 22 340 -78 -1 7 -1 12 9 Furniture Row Racing 78 336 -82 -4 10 1 12 10 Richard Childress Racing 3 315 -103 -21 8 -2 12 11 Hendrick Motorsports 88 314 -104 -1 9 -2 12 12 Joe Gibbs Racing 20 313 -105 -1 14 2 12 13 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 308 -110 -5 13 0 12 14 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 296 -122 -12 12 -2 12 15 Wood Brothers Racing 21 288 -130 -8 16 1 12 16 JTG Daugherty Racing 47 283 -135 -5 15 -1 12 17 Richard Childress Racing 31 278 -140 -5 17 0 12 18 Roush Fenway Racing 6 275 -143 -3 20 2 12 19 Roush Fenway Racing 17 273 -145 -2 19 0 12 20 Hendrick Motorsports 5 271 -147 -2 18 -2 12 21 Stewart-Haas Racing 14 246 -172 -25 21 0 12 22 Chip Ganassi Racing 42 243 -175 -3 22 0 12 23 Richard Childress Racing 27 232 -186 -11 24 1 12 24 Stewart-Haas Racing 10 216 -202 -16 26 2 12 25 Roush Fenway Racing 16 215 -203 -1 25 0 12 26 Richard Petty Motorsports 43 213 -205 -2 23 -3 12 27 HScott Motorsports 15 211 -207 -2 27 0 12 28 Front Row Motorsports 38 202 -216 -9 28 0 12 29 Germain Racing 13 184 -234 -18 29 0 12 30 Richard Petty Motorsports 44 178 -240 -6 30 0 12 31 Circle Sport-Leavine Family 95 165 -253 -13 33 2 12 32 BK Racing 23 161 -257 -4 34 2 12 33 BK Racing 83 152 -266 -9 31 -2 12 34 Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 148 -270 -4 32 -2 12 35 Front Row Motorsports 34 141 -277 -7 35 0 12 36 HScott Motorsports 46 103 -315 -38 36 0 12 37 Premium Motorsports 98 102 -316 -1 38 1 12 38 GO FAS Racing 32 97 -321 -5 37 -1 12 39 Premium Motorsports 55 52 -366 -45 39 0 7 40 The Motorsports Group 30 44 -374 -8 40 0 12 41 Circle Sport - Leavine Family 59 26 -392 -18 41 0 1 42 Front Row Motorsports 35 24 -394 -2 42 0 2 43 BK Racing 93 5 -413 -19 43 0 2 44 BK Racing 26 3 -415 -2 44 0 1 45 Hillman Racing 40 0 -418 -3 45 0 1