NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier showed his frustration towards AJ Allmendinger after late-race contact in Saturday’s Daytona Road Course race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Justin Allgaier’s season of frustration bubbled over in a post-race outburst Saturday evening after a run-in with AJ Allmendinger in the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ debut at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course.
Allmendinger tried to quell the situation by accepting that it was his fault, but Allgaier stayed on the offensive, saying, “That’s just dumb.” Allmendinger countered: “It was a mistake, and I’ve seen you make a lot of them.”
Allmendinger who went on to finish fourth. Allgaier righted his car and took 9th spot, but he marched over to confront Allmendinger after the checkered flag.
“I mean, he should be mad. That’s my fault,” Allmendinger told NBC Sports. “It wasn’t anything intentional, but that was my fault. I got in there trying to get under (Andy) Lally, and honestly I didn’t even drive it in that hard. I had the Lally pass done, and as soon as I touched the brake pedal, it started wheel-hopping, and as soon as it did, I was trying to clear out of the way, like I was trying to turn right to get away from the 7 and miss him. I got into him, so he should be mad, and I apologized to his race team.
Justin Allgaier’s road-race start didn’t end early Saturday, but the 34-y-o sting was still painful.
“Getting wrecked, plain and simple,” Allgaier told NBCSN. “He just made a dumb, dumb decision. Obviously I’ve not seen a replay, but it’s pretty easy to tell what happened. I don’t know if we could’ve held him off at the end of the race there, but he just drove in there and cleaned me out. Really proud of everybody on this Brandt Agriculture Camaro. We weren’t the best today, the guys did a really good job and made big gains all day, and the pit crew did a great job of getting track position. Spotters did awesome, just getting me in the right spots.”