Good starts haven't translated into good finishes for Cup rookie AJ Allmendinger.
After qualifying fifth at Texas for his best career starting spot, Allmendinger was only three laps into the race when he made contact with Denny Hamlin and hit the wall. That didn't bring out a caution, but the yellow flag flew when Allmendinger went high and hit the wall in the second turn on the 21st lap.
Allmendinger's race ended for good when he got loose coming out of the second turn on lap 213, then slammed hard into the inside wall. He finished 39th, 183 laps behind winner Jimmie Johnson.
The best starting spot for Allmendinger before Texas had been 11th at Dover, where he completed only four laps in the Red Bull Toyota before an engine problem ended his race and he was last in the field.