Allmendinger, Earnhardt Jr. Involved in Early Michigan Wreckby Kyle Pokrefky June 12, 2016
BROOKLYN, Mich. — The days of both A.J. Allmendinger and Dale Earnhardt Jr. came to an early conclusion on Sunday in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
The two Chevrolet drivers were involved in an accident on Lap 63 off of Turn 2 that subsequently both drivers to the garage and out of the race.
Fresh off of a Lap 60 restart, the No. 34 Ford of Chris Buescher lost the handling of his race car while exiting the corner, in turn making contact with his No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet and pushing him into Allmendinger’s No. 47 Kroger/Hunger Jack/Crisco Chevrolet.
Allmendinger and Earnhardt Jr. received the worst of the contact from the three cars, however, as the two Chevrolets pancaked the right sides of their cars into the backstretch wall.
“He must have just lost the nose of his car,” Earnhardt Jr. said of Buescher. “I hate it, but you try to take care of each other out there. We all try to race hard and I wish he would have taken better care of us. He just lost the car and hit the quarter panel. It happens though. I’m angry, but I won’t be too upset about it later.
“It’s frustrating right now because we had a good car and I was happy with the way the car drove. We had good speed, we just needed to continue to work on getting our track position and we were doing that. We won’t get a chance to get the finish I think we could have got today.”
“I think Junior got hit and I was on the outside of him and that was it,” Allmendinger added. “It was kind of weird back there. I’m not really sure what kind of car we had. I thought in clean air we weren’t too bad, but I guess a lot of people could say that. Just not a lot of fun racing there.”
Unofficially, Allmendinger will be credited with a 38th-place finish and Earnhardt Jr. a 39th-place result heading into the Father’s Day break.
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