Patrick and Allgaier Talk after Race
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on March 2, 2014 | 7:45 P.M. EST
The caution waved on Lap 172 when Patrick, Allgaier and Travis Kvapil got together. Patrick was upset on her radio about Allgaier, blaming him for the incident. (Photo: Getty Images)
The caution waved on Lap 172 when Patrick, Allgaier and Travis Kvapil got together. Patrick was upset on her radio about Allgaier, blaming him for the incident.
Patrick’s race got worse. A tire rub caused her left rear to deflate and she spun less than 15 laps after the first incident.
Patrick finished 36th, marking her second consecutive finish outside the top 35. She lamented on the radio to her crew during the race how they were running better than their results showed.
Afterward, she went to Allgaier’s garage stall and they talked. Patrick did not talk to media afterward, but Allgaier did.
“She was just upset because she got involved in the crash that we had,’’ said Allgaier, who finished 30th in a backup car after crashing during qualifying Friday. “She says she’s been through this and that she felt like I needed to settle down at that point. I explained my position on why everything happened. I think she understood where I was coming from. It doesn’t fix either one of our racecars. It doesn’t fix either one of our days. Unfortunately, we were both having pretty decent days.’’
So, how did Allgaier explain the incident to Patrick?
“I just explained the situation,’’ he said. “We went into the corner and I went to the outside and I think it was her and (David Ragan) and got by both of them and was just trying to get back in line and get going. Unfortunately, the end result was what it was.’’