In 2014, AJ Allmendinger accomplished a lifelong dream by winning his first NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International. For Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway, the California native will run an identical paint scheme.
Sponsored by Hyperice, the No. 16 Chevrolet will feature the baby blue and white that was on Allmendinger’s car for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen. That day, Allmendinger led 29 laps, swapping the lead back and forth with Marcos Ambrose late in the going.
“This was unexpected for sure,” said Allmendinger. “It’s definitely something that means a lot to me. That Cup win was really special at that point in my life for so many reasons. I spent a long time in the sport, and had many ups and downs. Looking at this car brings back great memories to think about what that day meant for me and everything that came along with it. Hopefully we can do the same thing and go out there, win the race, and burn it down.”
Allmendinger has never competed in an Xfinity race at Darlington. However, in 11 Cup starts at the track, he has an average finish of 26.1, with a best finish of 15th, also coming in 2014.
— Kaulig Racing (@KauligRacing) May 3, 2021