Dale Earnhardt Jr & Freddie Kraft Cheekily React to Landon Cassill-Anthony Alfredo NASCAR Spat in Darlington

Published 05/09/2022, 7:47 AM EDT
AVONDALE, AZ – JANUARY 31: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. addresses the media during NASCAR testing at Phoenix International Raceway on January 31, 2017 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Earlier at the Darlington Raceway, there was a bit of a spat involving Anthony Alfredo and Landon Cassill. As it turned out, Alfredo copped a penalty for speeding in the pit lane. However, he blamed Cassill for causing him to get the penalty. According to the #23 driver, his rival gave him a push in the pit lane and forced him to speed up. The #10 driver then managed to avoid a penalty when he slammed the brakes before the timing line.

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Needless to say, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was enjoying the battle unfold on social media.

Cassill obviously defended himself and insisted that he had nothing to do with the penalty. The 32-year-old revealed that Alfredo was 2mph slower in the section where he gave him a push.

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He also said that the #23 driver sped up in a different section. So whatever penalty that he got, was all on his head, and nobody was pushing him.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr enjoyed the NASCAR race at Darlington

While all this was going on, it was a great day in the office for Dale Jr. This was because JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier won the race, leading a JR Motorsport 1-2 ahead of Noah Gragson. The triumph helped Allgaier move up to 4th place in the championship. Meanwhile, AJ Allmendinger is still sitting pretty in the championship lead.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 19: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

All this was despite Allmendinger finishing down in a disappointing 8th place. On the other end of the scale, Gragson’s second place brought him closer to the championship leader. With 25 points between them, Gragson is practically breathing down Allmendinger’s neck. Ty Gibbs had a hiccup when he could only muster a paltry 16th place. As a result, he could soon come under attack from Allgaier in 4th place. Currently, 51 points separate 3rd and 4th, but anything can happen in the next few races.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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