NEWS & NOTES
X-RAYS NEGATIVE ON ALLMENDINGER’S THUMB AJ Allmendinger wrecked twice in Saturday night’s race at Kentucky, and the second hit left the JTG-Daugherty Racing driver fuming. Allmendinger suffered either a right-front tire or suspension failure and smacked the frontstretch wall on Lap 173 after returning from a Lap 94 incident. Part of his frustration that was aired over his in-car radio may have been from pain he felt in his left thumb after the crash. JTG-Daugherty tweeted on Monday that Allmendinger’s X-rays showed no fractures. However, the team opted to skip this week’s test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a bid to rebuild from recent crashes that have impacted the team’s fleet of cars. NASCAR DEFENDS TRUEX PENALTY NASCAR vice president Steve O’Donnell defended the sanctioning body’s decision to penalize Martin Truex Jr. late in Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway for passing on pit road. “It is clear in the rulebook that you can’t pass to the left,” O’Donnell said during his regular appearance on the sport’s satellite radio channel Monday. “It’s also brought up in every drivers’ meeting.” Truex was angry after the race and claimed that the penalty was unfairly enforced. O’Donnell acknowledged NASCAR penalized Truex to make a point and compared it to an NBA coach telling an official to watch for a rule violation more closely. “That was the case certainly for us; we saw a trend that’s getting bigger and bigger,” O’Donnell said. Kevin Harvick, passed by Truex on pit road, implored his team to report Truex’s penalty just before the No. 78 was penalized.