Practice incident damages Justin Allgaier's car; rain shortens session

Staff Report

There was plenty of impact — and in a short period — in the opening NASCAR Xfinity Series practice Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Championship 4 driver Justin Allgaier sustained damage on his No. 7 Chevrolet when David Starr drifted his No. 52 into its side just five minutes into the session. A clearly frustrated Allgaier wheeled his car back to the garage so his team could survey — and then fix — the damage.

“Are you kidding me right now?,” Allgaier said over the radio driving back to the garage.

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“Just disappointing,” Allgaier told NBCSN’s Parker Kligerman. “I’m pretty laid back this weekend and I feel like I focused a lot on going out there and doing our own thing and being patient. It felt like we were doing that. … (Starr) ran right into the side of us. It’s disappointing to tear up our car.”

Starr apologized over the radio and said he didn’t know Allgaier was to his outside — possibly due to a team radio issue.

The practice session was then yellow-flagged less than 15 minutes into the session for rain, and it never got restarted.

“At least it’s raining, I guess,” said Allgaier, noting others were unable to put down laps while his car was in the garage.

Fellow Championship 4 driver Tyler Reddick was leading the practice session when the drizzle started and ended with the fastest speed. Christopher Bell was second, Allgaier was fourth and Cole Custer was fifth.

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