A.J. Allmendinger breaks into Chase with 1st career Sprint Cup win

ButXQkpIIAA5Zw6AJ Allmendinger captured his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) victory on Sunday, as Allmendinger held off Marcos Ambrose – by 1.160 seconds- to win the Cheez-It 355 at The (Watkins) Glen (International).

Following Allmendinger and Ambrose to the drop of the checkered flag were Kurt Busch finishing third, series Rookie of the Year (ROTY) contender, Kyle Larson fourth and Carl Edwards finished fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten finishing positions were Joey Logano finishig sixth, Kevin Harvick seventh, Greg Biffle eighth, Matt Kenseth ninth and Kasey Kahne brought home tenth.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., took over the point standings with his 11th-place finish, and he leaves The Glen with a 5-point lead over Jeff Gordon – who finished 34th.

RACE NOTES:
Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 26 Mins, 48 Secs.
Average Speed: 90.123 MPH
Margin of Victory: 1.160 Seconds
Caution Flags: 6 for 17 laps:
Lead Changes: 5 among 6 drivers

Next Up: The Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 17th, with an approximate starting time of 1:20 p.m. (ET) and television coverage provided by ESPN beginning with their 12:00 p.m. (ET) NASCAR Countdown pre-race show.

Cheez-It 355 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Laps Led Points Bonus Points
1 47 AJ Allmendinger 90 Running 30 48 5
2 9 Marcos Ambrose 90 Running 19 43 1
3 41 Kurt Busch 90 Running 0 41 0
4 42 Kyle Larson # 90 Running 0 40 0
5 99 Carl Edwards 90 Running 3 40 1
6 22 Joey Logano 90 Running 0 38 0
7 4 Kevin Harvick 90 Running 0 37 0
8 16 Greg Biffle 90 Running 0 36 0
9 20 Matt Kenseth 90 Running 0 35 0
10 55 Brian Vickers 90 Running 0 34 0
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 90 Running 0 33 0
12 5 Kasey Kahne 90 Running 3 33 1
13 78 Martin Truex Jr. 90 Running 0 31 0
14 1 Jamie McMurray 90 Running 0 30 0
15 13 Casey Mears 90 Running 0 29 0
16 3 Austin Dillon # 90 Running 0 28 0
17 51 Justin Allgaier # 90 Running 0 27 0
18 43 Aric Almirola 90 Running 0 26 0
19 34 David Ragan 90 Running 0 25 0
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 90 Running 0 24 0
21 10 Danica Patrick 90 Running 0 23 0
22 38 David Gilliland 90 Running 0 22 0
23 36 Reed Sorenson 90 Running 0 21 0
24 11 Denny Hamlin 90 Running 0 20 0
25 32 Boris Said 90 Running 0 19 0
26 77 Nelson Piquet Jr. (i) 90 Running 0 18 0
27 15 Clint Bowyer 90 Running 0 17 0
28 48 Jimmie Johnson 90 Running 6 17 1
29 40 Landon Cassill (i) 89 Running 0 0 0
30 66 Joe Nemechek (i) 89 Running 0 0 0
31 7 Michael Annett # 88 Running 0 13 0
32 27 Paul Menard 87 Running 0 12 0
33 33 Alex Kennedy 86 Accident 0 11 0
34 24 Jeff Gordon 86 Running 29 11 1
35 2 Brad Keselowski 85 Running 0 9 0
36 23 Alex Bowman # 85 Running 0 8 0
37 14 Regan Smith(i) 81 Accident 0 7 0
38 98 Josh Wise 78 Running 0 6 0
39 83 Ryan Truex # 69 Suspention 0 5 0
40 18 Kyle Busch 69 Running 0 4 0
41 31 Ryan Newman 55 Accident 0 3 0
42 95 Michael McDowell 55 Accident 0 2 0
43 26 Cole Whitt # 9 Accident 0 1 0

# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Unofficial Point Standings After The Glen Top 16
Pos. Car # Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5s Top 10s DNF
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 773 Leader 22 3 10 15 1
2 24 Jeff Gordon 768 -5 22 2 7 15 0
3 20 Matt Kenseth 703 -70 22 0 8 14 2
4 2 Brad Keselowski 696 -77 22 3 9 10 0
5 22 Joey Logano 671 -102 22 2 8 12 4
6 99 Carl Edwards 658 -115 22 2 5 9 2
7 48 Jimmie Johnson 650 -123 22 3 6 12 3
8 4 Kevin Harvick 645 -128 22 2 6 11 2
9 31 Ryan Newman 645 -128 22 0 2 8 1
10 42 Kyle Larson # 635 -138 22 0 5 10 2
11 15 Clint Bowyer 634 -139 22 0 3 9 2
12 16 Greg Biffle 626 -147 22 0 3 7 1
13 5 Kasey Kahne 622 -151 22 0 2 9 3
14 3 Austin Dillon # 616 -157 22 0 1 3 0
15 18 KyleBusch 615 -158 22 1 6 9 3
16 9 Marcos Ambrose 584 -189 22 0 3 5 0
Drivers outside the Top 16 with a win.
20 11 Denny Hamlin 552 -221 21 1 5 9 1
22 43 Aric Almirola 532 -241 22 1 2 4 4
23 41 Kurt Busch 529 -244 22 1 5 5 5
24 47 AJ Allmendinger 525 -248 22 1 2 4 2

# – Rookie

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