#3 Aj Allmendinger.
Let’s be honest here.
AJ Allmendinger wasn’t exactly a name that rolled off the tongue very well and its not usually a name you would see in the world of stock car racing. Then again, neither were Juan Pablo Montoya or Marcos Ambrose, but like those two stars, he had a nice level of success at The Cup Series level. Unlike those two drivers however, Allmendinger parlayed his early success in NASCAR into something bigger.
Of course it took a while for everything to unfold, especially since Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR for failing multiple drug tests in 2012, but a couple of key NASCAR owners never gave up on the young star and were happy to have him after he was reinstated on September 18th.
In the end, Allmendinger never followed up on his sole career win at Watkins Glen, but he did earn himself a full time spot in The Cup series, which continues to this day. He also has had a reasonable amount in The Xfinity Series as well, winning two races at road course tracks, which further cemented him as a driver that could contend in NASCAR under certain circumstances.