NASCAR Xfinity Series

Allgaier on Allmendinger – “It’s just hard when the same guy wrecks you.”

By: Ashley McCubbin

Justin Allgaier certainly has not been experiencing the 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series season he dreamed of. His confrontation with A.J. Allmendinger on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway road course was just another chapter to the story.

The driver of the No. 7 Brandt Chevrolet had worked his way into the top-five in the late stages of the event, poised for a solid finish. Though instead, he would get turned around backwards, only rebounding to finish ninth.

Allmendinger immediately took blame for the incident when Allgaier approached him post-race, and in his interview.

“I mean, he should be mad. That’s my fault,” Allmendinger said. “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.”

Allgaier, meanwhile, remained frustrated throughout the discussion, saying in his interview that he’s frustrated from “getting wrecked, plain and simple.”

“He just made a dumb, dumb decision,” he said. “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.

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

Whether they have gotten together previously, Allmendinger says he’s “not really sure of that,” but apologizes if that’s true.

As noted, the season has been frustrating for Allgaier all the way around, with no trips to victory lane despite pacing 418 laps this year. While he has four top-five’s and 10 top-10’s, the five DNFs are what stand out in seeing the No. 7 plagued by mechanical issues and incidents all year long.

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