LONG POND, Pa. – Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver AJ Allmendinger started 19th and finished 31st in today’s Pocono 400 Presented by #NASCAR after a hard crash in the “Tunnel Turn” ended his day. Allmendinger had endured getting innocently caught up in a first lap incident and had overcome two speeding penalties before the Lap 64 crash relegated him to the garage for good.
“I’m just a little sore, had the wind knocked out of me,” Dinger said after getting checked out in the infield medical center. “It’s kind of one of those, it seems like it took forever to get there. That was pretty hard, that might be one of the hardest hits I’ve had. Everybody at NASCAR, everybody at Penske, they do a good job with safety so I’m okay. I’ll be a little sore tomorrow but I’ll be fine.”
“I’m not sure what happened,” Dinger said. “I think we blew a right-front. After we got in that accident at the start of the race, I think we had something knocked off just a little bit in the right-front. T