If The Dinger Wins-Party Hearty!

AJ Allmendinger
(photo courtesy Rachelrgmphotography)

An AJ Allmendinger victory in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway would guarantee two things: 1) an unprecedented celebration involving the driver, team owner Matt Kaulig and team president Chris Rice; and 2) a scream from Allmendinger’s father that would drown out those of his son.

What it won’t be is a life-changing experience for the driver of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet, who will turn 40 on Dec. 16.

“When it comes to winning a championship, yeah, it would be so special,” Allmendinger said during Xfinity Series Championship 4 Media Day interviews at the Phoenix Convention Center. “I’m going to be nervous as can be standing by the car, getting ready to go.

“But if we’re going to be brutally honest, if I win it or I don’t, for me personally, it doesn’t change my life. Of course, I want to win a championship in NASCAR. I’ve been here 15 years trying to do it… I’d love to win it, and, hell, the celebration if we win it may be better than anybody’s you’ve ever seen.

“Between myself and the whole team, but between me, Chris and Matt—you may never hear from us again.”

Allmendinger’s father, Greg Allmendinger, is certain to be a big part of the celebration.

“If we’re fortunate enough to win this thing on Saturday, you will hear the loudest scream from my dad,” Allmendinger promised. “Anybody who’s been around my dad—you get a little insight into who I am once you meet my dad.”


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