NASCAR Xfinity Star AJ Allmendinger Reacts to the ‘Boot Cut’ Chatter Led by Jimmie Johnson

Published 03/07/2021, 4:02 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: A.J. Allmendinger, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, looks on in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


Recently, AJ Allmendinger seized victory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Xfinity Series. In the process, he held off relentless attacks from Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones. Following the race, Allmendinger was asked about the recent unveiling of Jimmie Johnson’s IndyCar fire suit.

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The focal point of the interview was about the difference between the IndyCar and NASCAR racing suits. In essence, the boot cut is a cuff at the end of the pant leg, which helps protect the drivers’ legs in the event of a fire.

In light of that, Allmendinger said, “I’ve lived that life. I had to deal with it when I first showed up in NASCAR. I was like, ‘What in the hell are these? What am I wearing?’. There’s a little thing between IndyCar and NASCAR.

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“There’s some differences in the car, just a little bit in the suits as well.”

What else did AJ Allmendinger say?

As a driver who races in NASCAR and IndyCar, he was asked whether he ever mixed up the two. Apparently, he had never had that issue, because it was ‘Sparco’s job,’ not his; Sparco is the one in charge of the racing suits, so they cannot afford a mix-up.

SONOMA, CA – JUNE 27: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet, poses in front of the Coors Light Pole Award board after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 27, 2015 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The firesuit debate cropped up after Johnson unveiled his new IndyCar suit. Of course, there was a fair amount of trolling from ex-NASCAR colleagues. In fact, Chase Elliott even quipped that he was ‘Team Boot Cut’ until he ever got fired. However, a number of others were quite fond of it.

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Now, Allmendinger has weighed in on the debate and he is probably one of the best people to judge. This is largely because he has explored both worlds and has a fair amount of experience in it.

On a different note, AJ Allmendinger was delighted with his Xfinity Series win. Considering that, he hopes that this will set a precedent in the Xfinity Series and he can continue his good form.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst 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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