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AJ Allmendinger to Drive in XFINITY Series for GMS Racing at Watkins Glen

Road course ace AJ Allmendinger will be back in the piloting the No. 23 XFINITY Series ride next Saturday (Aug. 4) for GMS Racing at Watkins Glen International.

Allmendinger last competed in the XFINITY Series in 2013, sweeping a pair of road course races for Team Penske. His lone Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory also came at WGI back in 2014.

“I am really looking forward to racing with GMS,” Allmendinger said in a team release. “The team has become very competitive in the short amount of time it’s been competing in the XFINITY Series. Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks and I hope together we can have a strong result.”

The No. 23 Chevrolet will be sponsored by AfterShokz in what is scheduled to be a one-off race.

“He is a great road course racer and hopefully we will be able to put the No. 23 and AfterShokz in Victory Lane,” GMS Racing President Mike Beam said in the press release.

Justin Haley, who nearly won at Daytona earlier this month will be in a second GMS Racing machine, driving the No. 24. In two XFINITY starts this season, he has a best finish of 12th at Iowa Speedway.

Opening practice for the Zippo 200 is set for Friday (Aug. 3) at 12:35 p.m. ET.

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Dustin joined the Frontstretch team at the beginning of the 2016 season. 2020 marks his sixth full-time season covering the sport that he grew up loving. His dream was to one day be a NASCAR journalist, thus why he attended Ithaca College (Class of 2018) to earn a journalism degree. Since the ripe age of four, he knew he wanted to be a storyteller.

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Tom B

Why is Spencer Gallagher omitted from this story? What is the real back story on Spencer and the NASCAR suspension? And why is he not racing? How about some good old fashion journalism work!

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