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AJ Allmendinger will not return to JTG Daugherty in 2019

AJ Allmendinger, who delivered JTG Daugherty’s first team win in a Watkins Glen thriller back in 2014, will not return to the No. 47 Chevrolet next year, the team has announced.

Allmendinger has driven the No. 47 for the Tad Geschickter-owned team since late in the 2013 season. His masterful win at The Glen was the highlight, with the dramatic victory qualifying the team for the postseason.

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“AJ Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to the growth of our company, and we are grateful for his professionalism with our brands and the passion he has shown for this race team over the years,” team owner Tad Geschickter said in a team release. “As hard as it may be, we’re moving in a different direction for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and will be parting ways at the end of this season. It’s not an easy decision and change is never easy. We wish him the very best in his endeavors and he will always be family to us.”

Throughout his tenure with JTG Daugherty, Allmendinger has notched one win, six top-five finishes and 26 top-10 finishes in nearly 200 starts. His best season-long finish in the standings was 13th in 2014, when he qualified for the postseason. In 2016, Allmendinger notched nine top-10 finishes.

The veteran also helped JTG usher in the two-car era in 2017, serving as a mentor to driver Chris Buescher.

Allmendinger has made more than 360 starts since 2007 driving for JTG Daugherty, Red Bull Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Team Penske.