Notebook: Allgaier's Team Skipping Showdown
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 13, 2014 | 4:20 P.M. EST
Skipping this weekend's Sprint Showdown, Justin Allgaier says, will allow his team to work on cars damaged in recent weeks. (Photo: Getty Imges)
For as much as he’ll hate not being on track, Justin Allgaier said it made sense for his HScott Motorsports team to skip Friday night’s Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Allgaier said accidents the past two weekends - and in three of the last four races - contributed to the team’s decision to skip the non-points event.
“For us, being a small independent team, obviously, the points races are the main focus,’’ said Allgaier, who is 29th in points. “With crashing a couple of weeks ago at Talladega and crashing last week at Kansas, it puts a toll on a team and this is going to allow us to really hit the reset button.’’
Allgaier was collected in the crash at Kansas when AJ Allmendinger spun and clipped the rear of Allgaier’s car. That sent Allgaier’s car up the track where David Gilliland’s car slammed into it.
Allgaier said the only injury he had from that incident was a small cut on his left elbow and bruises on his left arm.
“It’s crazy to think that you crash like that, jump out, walk to the ambulance and go home and wake up the next day and not even feel like you crashed,’’ Allgaier said, noting the work of the safety equipment.
With the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series racing this weekend, eight drivers will run in multiple events. With Cup and Truck in Charlotte, the double is easy. For those competing in the Nationwide race at Iowa, the double is a bit trickier.
Ryan Blaney is among four drivers who will compete at Charlotte and Iowa this weekend. He’ll be joined by Landon Cassill, JJ Yeley and Josh Wise.
Yeley is entered in all three events. He’s the only driver looking to compete in each race this weekend.
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon and Joe Nemechek are entered in the Cup and Truck events at Charlotte.
Blaney said Keselowski’s plane will take him to Iowa so he can be there for Saturday’s 90-minute practice session and then qualifying.
Blaney said that no one will be in the car Friday for any of the three practices at Iowa.
Dillon ran last week’s Truck race at Kansas. He said he’s scheduled to drive five more Truck races after Charlotte.
“It enables me to have more background going into the (Cup) race,’’ Dillon said. “Even if it’s something small, I feel like you can take a little bit from anything. Also I feel like when I start the Cup race (after running Trucks) I might have just a little more fire. I’m not as lackadaisical making moves, and I’m more confident in what I’m doing if I’m running two races in a weekend.’’
Rain ended practice early on Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but not before Kurt Buch reached No. 2 on the speed chart with a lap of 224.159 mph - the fastest he’s gone in an IndyCar.
Busch’s lap ranks third overall through three days of practice. Qualifications will be this weekend.
Busch is looking to become the fourth driver to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, joining John Andretti, Robby Gordon and Tony Stewart.
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