A.J. Allmendinger claimed his first pole in the Sprint Cup Series in three years after winning Saturday's qualifying for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway -- the first road-course race in NASCAR's top series this season.
Allmendinger, who is in his second full season with JTG Daugherty Racing, has become one of the best road-course racers in NASCAR lately. One year ago at Sonoma, Allmendinger started second and led a race-high 35 laps before he was involved in an accident with Dale Earnhardt Jr. He ended up finishing two laps down in 37th.
The Sprint Cup Series is running at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. After Michigan, the series will take a week off and then head to Sonoma, California (June 28), Daytona (July 5), Kentucky (July 11), New Hampshire (July 19), Indianapolis (July 26), Pocono (Aug. 2) and Watkins Glen (Aug. 9) before returning to Michigan (Aug. 16). Bristol (Aug. 22), Darlington (Sept. 6) and Richmond (Sept. 12) are the last three races on the regular season schedule.