The NASCAR schedule is adapting. NASCAR has heard fans want more road courses and short tracks so guess what they’re going to get? The NASCAR Cup Series will race on six road courses now in 2021. That’s double from where its been the last couple of years. In fact, for most seasons, they only visited two road courses each year. That’s 2 out of 36. Now, it’s 6 out of 36 with five of the six now occurring during the regular season.
That means five of the 26 regular season races (19%) are on these circuits. Throw in a dirt race at Bristol in March and three superspeedway’s and you get 9 of the 26 (35%) on wildcard events.
With that being said, any team that has an opening for the 2021 season would be wise to look at someone like AJ Allmendinger. I mean, why not?
Allmendinger, has Cup experience. Eight years of it to be exact. He’s a road course ringer actually. He won at Watkins Glen in 2014 and was usually at his best on these circuits. If not road courses, superspeedways were good to him too.
His last four Daytona finishes in Cup? 3rd and 10th respectively in the Daytona 500 and eighth and third respectively in the ‘400. He was sixth in the Fall Talladega race in his last year for three top 10 finishes in his last four superspeedway tries.
In NXS competition, he’s won five times, four of which being on road courses and three wins overall coming over the last couple of years. He’s won on the ROVAL for two straight years now and finally got an oval win at Atlanta back in June. In 10 NXS starts in 2020, he’s had a top 10 in eight of them with six of those being in the top four.
With so much emphasis on these types of circuits now, wouldn’t it be wise to put Allmendinger in the car full time? Give him six shots on a road course and he can get you a win in at least one of them. Hopefully it’s in the regular season and make you playoff eligible too. That in turn increases your appearance and value which increases your revenue too. Throw in the superspeedway’s and you get 10 of these races out of 36.
I think Allmendinger can become a steady winner in Cup now with the new direction that they’re heading. Really, Kaulig should replace the departing Ross Chastain who’s moving up to Chip Ganassi Racing on the Cup side in 2021 with Allmendinger and then if their Cup aspirations come around for 2022, what a better fit to hop in and get them instant success?
Allmendinger is deserving of another chance at full time if he wants it. NASCAR is set up for him to succeed now.