NASCAR's Allmendinger gets career back on track

AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage area...

AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Scott Products Chevrolet, sits in his car in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International on August 8, 2014. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images/AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

TORONTO - Amid the tragedy of a 20-year-old’s death that cast a pall over all of motorsports on Sunday, A.J. Allmendinger managed to bring just a sliver of sunshine to the proceedings by winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International.

I doubt whether anyone else winning on Sunday — in the face of Kevin Ward Jr.’s death at a dirt track an hour north of the Glen — could have brought even such a tiny bit joy to a horrible situation.

To recap, Ward was killed after he climbed from his wrecked open wheel 360 Sprint car at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, near Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday night.


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