during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 9, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas.

JTG Daugherty announced Saturday that AJ Allmendinger has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep the 33-year-old driver with the team through the 2020 season.

“I know it’s the right place for me,” Allmendinger said Saturday afternoon at Kansas Speedway. “I’m going to be here until, hopefully, my career ends. It’s the right place for me on and off the race track.”

Allmendinger ran nine races for the team in 2013 before becoming its full-time driver last season. Allmendinger is 19th in points entering Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway.

He won at Watkins Glen last season and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Allmendinger finished a career-high 13th in the points last year.

The signing follows the recent announcement that Kroger has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with the team. Kroger will sponsor the team’s car for 17 races this season and 24 in 2016.

JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter said in a statement: “AJ has done a tremendous job for our team and for our sponsor partners. More importantly, he is family. We have all decided that he is our guy and that we are going to work together to build this racing organization to deliver results on the track and in the marketplace.”


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