(photo by Christa L. Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)

NASCAR at Watkins Glen, NY

Allmendinger Takes First Win at the Glen

(photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)

AJ Allmendinger powered his No. 47 Scott Products Chevrolet SS to victory Aug. 10 at the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen, scoring his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.

The 90-lap race around the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen road course was mired with cautions and even halted three times for red flag periods to clean up accident debris and repair damage to the course. In the end Allmendinger out ran Marcos Ambrose (Ford) in a final two-lap dash to the checkered, and all but locked himself into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

"It helped having Roger Penske and the Penske Racing guys and Richard Childress show up (in Victory Lane) and congratulate me, too,” said Allmendinger following his first career win. “That meant the world to me because it means that to me, at least, that I'm still a part of their family, too, and they care about me. As Tad (Geschickter, team owner) was saying, what Richard Childress has done for us between the alliance and ECR motors, and what Chevy has done to help us get to this point, we couldn't do it without them. That was really cool. Everything that just happened in victory lane was something that I'll never forget.”

Kurt Busch finished third in his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS and Kyle Larson, the highest finishing Rookie-Of-The-Year contender, was fourth in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS to give Team Chevy three of the top five positions overall.

A multi-car accident involving Ryan Newman in his No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS and others occurred on lap 55, which damaged a guardrail and stopped the race for one hour and 21 minutes for repairs to the barrier. Newman retired early with a 41st place finish.