Cecil Whig - - INSIDE NASCAR -

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.

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