CREW CHIEF: Randall Burnett (35 races), Ernie Cope (one race)
TEAM: JTG Daugherty Racing
LAPS LED: 29 (fewest in last three seasons)
TOP 5s: 2 (ties career best from 2014 and 2010)
TOP 10s: 9 (Most since 2010)
WHAT WENT RIGHT: His nine top 10s included a career best three in a row late in the season at Kansas, Talladega and Martinsville … His two top fives came at Martinsville I (second) and Watkins Glen (fourth) … Finished eighth in both Kansas races … Best average finish (17.8) since 2010.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Recorded four DNFs (Michigan I, Kentucky, Indy and Charlotte II) … Finished outside the top 10 at Sonoma Raceway for the sixth time in his eight starts at the road course … Allmendinger was without his crew chief Randall Burnett at Pocono I for a lug nut violation.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2017: Allmendinger enters his 11th season on NASCAR’s premier circuit and his fifth with JTG Daugherty Racing, which adds Chris Buescher as the driver of its new second team.