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AJ Allmendinger scores top-5 at Talladega NASCAR race

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AJ Allmendinger grabbed a fifth-place finish Sunday in JTG Daugherty Racing’s No. 47 BUSH’S Beans Chevrolet SS at Talladega Superspeedway. Allmendinger is now 15th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, 68 points out of first place held by Jeff Gordon.

“First off, I have to thank everybody at the No. 47 shop for doing such hard work and preparing this car so well and also thank RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and ECR Engines because there was just so much speed in that race car,” Allmendinger said in a team release. “The previous restart the outside lane had such a run and I kept inching, inching, inching and I just waited too late and got shuffled. I really thought I messed us up there on that last restart. I have got to thank Paul Menard. He just kept shoving me all the way up through the inside line of guys. I’m just proud of every one on this team. We are slowly getting there, each step, day-by-day. I am just proud to be on this team right now.”

Denny Hamlin was the race winner, Greg Biffle finished second, Clint Bowyer was third, Brian Vickers was fourth and Allmendinger rounded out the top-five. There were 48 lead changes among 23 drivers and eight caution flags for 31 laps in the 188-lap event.