Allgaier confronts Allmendinger after late-race incident

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By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

After late-race contact between AJ Allmendinger and Justin Allgaier sent the latter spinning, Allgaier confronted the road racing ace post-race.

Late-Race Contact

As the UNOH 188 entered the closing laps, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Allgaier battled with part-time Xfinity driver Allmendinger and road course ringer Andy Lally. Allgaier ran third in his No. 7 Brandt Chevrolet Camaro SS, just ahead of the two road racing experts.

With three laps to go, Allmendinger’s No. 16 Ellsworth Advisors Chevrolet Camaro SS dove to the left of Lally’s No. 02 Knockaround Chevrolet in turn six. The Kaulig Racing driver started wheel-hopping as the trio reached the corner. Allmendinger slid into Allgaier, sending the JR Motorsports driver spinning. Lally took third with Allmendinger in tow.

Allgaier completed a full 360 spin before continuing on. He dropped from third to ninth after the spin. Allmendinger finished fourth while Lally dropped to a fifth after a mistake with two to go in the UNOH 188 at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course in the bus stop.

Confrontation

Post-race, Allgaier stormed down Daytona’s pit road and confronted Allmendinger. The duo exchanged words before going their separate ways. Sportsmanship prevailed as Lally took Allgaier aside, putting his arm around his competitor.

“Plain and simple, he (Allmendinger) just made a dumb decision,” Allgaier explained to NASCAR on NBC. “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. He just drove in there and cleaned me out. We weren’t the best today, the guys did a really good job, made big gains all day. The spotters were awesome, getting me in the right spots.

“2020 has been like that and I’m over it. It’s not the first time AJ’s wrecked me. It’s just hard when the same guy wrecks you over and over again.”

Early Race

The late-race contact and confrontation almost never happened. At the end of the first stage, Allmendinger was penalized one lap for pitting outside the box. Several quick cautions later and he received the free pass before roaring through the field in the second stage.

Stats

For Allgaier, the ninth-place finish is his 10th top-10 this season and 186th of his Xfinity career. He remains seventh in points, 197 behind leader and race winner Austin Cindric. Allgaier is 224-points ahead of the playoff cutoff held by Brandon Brown.

Allmendinger’s fourth-place finish is his fifth top-five this season and the 10th of his career. In seven Xfinity Series starts this season, he has finished inside the top-10 every time.

Lally’s fifth-place finish is his second top-five this season and the third of his Xfinity career in 13 starts.

Moving Forward

Allgaier will be back in action for the Drydene 200 doubleheader at Dover International Speedway.

Allmendinger’s next scheduled race is the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval in the playoffs.

Currently, the UNOH 188 at Daytona is the last scheduled NASCAR race for Lally this season.

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Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the iRacing.com IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.

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