JTG Daugherty Racing announced Tuesday afternoon that AJ Allmendinger would not return to the #47 team in 2019. The two sides have agreed to part ways, no replacement was announced.
— Team Kroger ClickList Racing (@JTGRacing) September 25, 2018
Allmendinger recorded JTG’s only NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen in 2014. Outside of that win, the results haven’t been there. In many ways, Allmendinger and JTG have regressed over their time together. An average finish of 17.8 in 2016 has been followed up with an average finish of 22.0 in 2017 and 23.0 in 2018.
Over the course of the last two seasons, you could hear the disdain growing in Allmendinger’s voice over the radio. Week after week of underperforming seemingly ate away at Allmendinger. He’s known as a hot head on the radio but the complaints became more and more frequent.
Allmendinger signed a 5-year extension with JTG and that could very well have been the worst move possible from both sides. Complacency crept in neither side appeared to progress their performance level. There’s no denying that Allmendinger can drive on road courses and Martinsville, unfortunately, the schedule isn’t made up those three tracks.
As for what’s next for Allmendinger? Look for him to potentially head to IMSA with Michael Shank Racing.
No replacement driver for the #47 was announced but the rumor mill has been churning out Ryan Preece’s name at every turn.
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