A.J. Allmendinger admits he would have preferred to remain a full-time NASCAR Cup competitor but remains thankful for the opportunity and confidence Kaulig Racing has in him.

“At the end of the day, my preference was to stay in Cup if we were going in the right direction,” Allmendinger said during Wednesday‘s Daytona 500 Media Day.

“At the end of the day, what (owner) Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice and all the men and women of this race team have done for my life over the last six years and hopefully more years down the road of believing in me to drive their race cars — whether it‘s Xfinity or Cup of if we ever go Truck racing — whatever it is that they believe in me to drive their race cars, that means the world to me.

“There‘s no frustration at all. I‘m still so fortunate in my life that they still want me to drive their race cars.”


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