AJ Allmendinger was on a high of highs following his third place finish in last month’s Circle K Firecracker 250 at the Daytona International Speedway. He’d bring his No. 10 Chevrolet home third in his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start of the season which also happened to give Kaulig Racing a clean sweep of the top three finishers in that race.
Unfortunately, Allmendinger’s car would fail post race inspection following the engine not being sealed.
Xfinity Series Managing Director Wayne Auton said a post-race vacuum check revealed a discrepancy in the engine of Allmendinger’s car. The team was relegated to last place in the 38-car field as a result.
“Whenever you go, especially to restrictor-plate style races, the teams are very much aware that everything’s got to be sealed up tight,” Auton said then. “It could compromise the ability of the restrictor plate to do its job.”
Auton said officials customarily check the first- and second-place cars in post-race inspection, then a third car at random. The first two passed the vacuum test and all other areas of the inspection.
On Saturday, Allmendinger made his first start since Daytona and unfortunately, his second place run was hampered by another DSQ. The California native was driving the No. 10 Chevy again and had a thrilling end of the race battle with Austin Cindric for the win. Allmendinger, led the most laps but was on aged tires while Cindric had new tires in his No. 22 Ford. He passed Allmendinger for the win coming to the white flag. For the second consecutive year, Allmendinger finished second in the Zippo 200 – or so he thought.
His car failed inspection again for a ride heights rule which relegates him to a 37th place finish this time.
I can go into a full description of why it was low from contact early in the race on a restart. The issues we struggled with after cause track bar mount was bent and oil tank getting hung on the coil of the spring the rest of the race. But just doesnt f***ing matter. 💔💔💔💔 https://t.co/pUx2OI6yJM — AJ Allmendinger (@AJDinger) August 3, 2019
Auton, said that he didn’t buy Allmendinger’s reasoning saying that his car didn’t have any crash damage as they inspected his car for that too and that the other six cars raced on the same racing surface and didn’t have the same issue.