Kaulig Racing Race Recap | Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 – AJ Allmendinger

NKP #16: AJ Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing, Celsius Chevrolet Camaro and #15: Hailie Deegan, AM Racing, AirBox Ford Mustang
  • AJ Allmendinger qualified eighth for the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. 
  • Allmendinger took seventh place on the first lap and continued to run there until lap eight when he reported he had no grip. The first caution came on lap 13, and Allmendinger stayed out and went on to finish the opening stage in ninth. The team came to pit road for adjustments under the stage break. With the wind blowing the overhead sign, Allmendinger was unable to see his pit sign and missed the pit stall the first time by. The No. 16 came back to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Allmendinger restarted the second stage in 26th place.
  • In the second stage, Allmendinger drove back up to eighth place before the caution came out on lap 81. The team came to pit road for four tires, fuel and adjustments. Allmendinger restarted 15th on lap 85 and drove up to ninth place before the stage end.
  • Allmendinger restarted the final stage in 10th place and drove up with eighth place the first lap back to green. The caution came out on lap 103 and the No. 16 stayed out to restart in eighth on lap 107. On the restart, Allmendinger took seventh place and by lap 108, Allmendinger was scored in fifth place. From fourth place on lap 132, Allmendinger reported his No. 16 Celsius Chevy was building tight. The team came to pit road under green on lap 143 from fourth place. When green flag pit stops cycled through on lap 171, Allmendinger was scored sixth. The caution came out on lap 174, and Allmendinger came to pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments. On lap 180, Allmendinger restarted in eighth place and drove up with fifth on the restart. Allmendinger went on to finish fourth in the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300, qualifying for the Dash 4 Cash at Talladega Super Speedway.

“I’m proud of everyone at Kaulig Racing. We struggled in the first stage, but we got our Celsius Chevy pretty good there. I missed the pit box, never saw the sign, so that’s what got us behind. We fought back hard and I felt like we had a fourth-to-sixth-place car all day. It wouldn’t fire off great, but after about eight to ten laps in a run, then I could get in a rhythm. Definitely not where we need to be still, but we are making gains and that is all we can ask for.”

– AJ Allmendinger

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