Wild Ride for Kligerman
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on February 19, 2014 | 5:15 P.M. EST
Kligerman: "It’s the first time I’ve ever flipped over." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Parker Kligerman’s car turned upside down and he rode down the track on his roof Wednesday during Sprint Cup practice at Daytona International Speedway.
Kligerman was uninjured in the incident that damaged at least seven cars.
“It looks like (Joey Logano) was being overly aggressive,’’ Kligerman said. “I want to talk to him about it. What are you doing? Why are you side drafting and bumping people in the first drafting practice?’’
Logano said the incident started between he and Kenseth - the two who triggered the big crash in last weekend’s Sprint Unlimited.
“We were off (Turn) 4 and I was behind (Kenseth) and he started making a move to go down,’’ Logano said. “I was making the run, and I was going to fill that hole. He started to come back up and I was there. Maybe I shouldn’t have been racing as hard since it was practice there. Everyone was in a big pack and were trying to make things happen. As soon as he came back up, I checked up and I got hit from behind by (Trevor Bayne).’’
Said Kenseth: “It kind of started when we were all just kind of running two-wide and (Kasey Kahne) and (Paul Menard) were merging and we got by (Kahne) OK and I couldn’t clear (Menard). It kind of got tight getting into (turn) 3 because I think was under (Jamie McMurray) and I don’t think he knew we were three-wide.
“Anyway, we just all lost a lot of speed. I was just staying straight and I guess that was when (Logano) got close to me. He got right on me and moved my car to the left a little bit and I still straightened it out and we had plenty of room for everybody. Then he kind of clipped my right rear somehow and that seemed to trigger it and he had to slow down a little bit.’’
Kligerman’s car was collected and shoved up toward the fence in the tri-oval before landing on its roof and sliding down the track.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever flipped over,’’ Kligerman said. “I assumed it would be rougher. It was pretty soft. I was up in the fence floating along. Then it just slid over softly. The strongest thing going through me was anger.’’
The incident also damaged a portion of the frontstretech fencing, according to a track spokesperson.
No fans or drivers were injured in the incident. A spokesperson for Daytona International Speedway said the fencing worked as intended and that one cable would be replaced.
Those involved in the incident were Kiligerman, Logano, Kenseth, Paul Menard, Ryan Truex, Dave Blaney and Trevor Bayne.
“For us, it could have been worse,’’ said Bayne, who teams was repairing front-end damage on the car. “It’s unfortunate that this many cars are getting torn up this early. For us, our goal is to make laps and stay out of trouble. We can’t afford to take risks.’’