Kingsford Invitational, New York City. The Ultimate BBQ Battle is Back, This Veteran’s Day weekend, we’re boarding the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to award the second annual Kingsford Invitational title, the $50,000 grand prize, and the ultimate in BBQ bragging rights!



Name: Anthony James “AJ” Allmendinger
Car: No. 47 Chevrolet Driver
Date of Birth: December 16, 1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Hobbies: Karting, Golf

Impressed with his talent, enthusiasm and the way he interacted with sponsors, the team owners at JTG Daugherty Racing inked AJ Allmendinger to a multi-year contract to race the No. 47 NASCAR Sprint Series Chevrolet - sponsored by Bush’s Best® Beans, Charter Communications, Clorox®, Glad®, Hidden Valley®, House-Autry, Kingsford® Charcoal, Kroger, and SCOTT® Products - full-time starting with the 2014 season. Allmendinger’s acceptance of the offer was motivated by the energy and passion surrounding the single-car team and its new alliance with a powerhouse organization in Richard Childress Racing (RCR) for engineering support and ECR Engines.

Image of AJ in Drivers Seat

During the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Allmendinger showed strength in the select races he competed in for JTG Daugherty Racing posting the team’s best finish of the season with 10th-place at Watkins Glen International. He also raced a handful of races for Phoenix Racing. Allmendinger was also impressive in other series. In May, with Penske Racing, the Californian charged to the front of the prestigious Indy 500 and left Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a seventh-place finish. He sites that leading the race was a moment he had never felt in a race car. It was a surreal instance where he found it hard to drive and concentrate for those five laps just knowing he was leading the Indy 500. From there, he went on to score his first-ever NASCAR victory in the Nationwide.



The Clorox Company and JTG Daugherty Racing have been in a partnership since 1998. We started with the #59 Kingsford car on a part time schedule in the Grand National Busch Series (currently the Nationwide Series) and moved to a full time schedule in 1999. In 2004 we expanded our partnership with JTG Daugherty Racing when they launched their second car, the #47, with our Clorox brand and ran both cars full time until 2009. The drivers to have driven during that time frame include, Jimmie Johnson, Mike Dillon, Robert Pressley, Phil Parsons, Stacy Compton, Kelly Bires and Marcos Ambrose. In 2009 we moved with the team to the top tier Sprint Cup Series in the #47 with 13 primary paint schemes (sharing the primaries with great partners Bush¹s Baked Beans, Scott Products, Herr's, House-Autry and Charter) with great drivers Marcos Ambrose and former champion Bobby Labonte behind the wheel. 

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The 2014 season begins in Daytona Beach, Fl. and the #47 Chevy owned by JTG Daugherty Racing will feature a new wheelman, veteran driver AJ Allmendinger. As he races the #47 throughout the 2014 NASCAR season we invite you to come along for the ride as we visit race tracks across the country, in search of the best tailgating experiences and celebrating the grilling lifestyle with race fans everywhere.

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2/15 Daytona International Speedway (Sprint Unlimited) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/16 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500 qualifying) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
2/20 Daytona International Speedway (Duels) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
2/23 Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500) FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/2 Phoenix International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/16 Bristol Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
3/23 Auto Club Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
3/30 Martinsville Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
4/6 Texas Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
4/12 Darlington Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
4/26 Richmond International Raceway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/4 Talladega Superspeedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/10 Kansas Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
5/17 Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race) FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM
5/25 Charlotte Motor Speedway FOX, PRN, SiriusXM
6/1 Dover International Speedway FOX, MRN, SiriusXM
6/8 Pocono Raceway TNT, MRN, SiriusXM
6/15 Michigan International Speedway TNT, MRN, SiriusXM