WATCH: AJ Allmendinger Muscles His Way into the Race Lead at Mid-Ohio

Published 06/07/2021, 10:33 AM EDT
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier today, the NASCAR Xfinity Series visited the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. During one of the restarts, AJ Allmendinger went three-wide with Austin Cindric and Ty Gibbs. As they exited a corner, Allmendinger fought his way past, while Cindric got squeezed onto the grass.

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Meanwhile, an unsettled Gibbs bumped into another car and the eventual barging forced Cindric off the track. Eventually, Allmendinger went on to win the race and preserve his status as a road course expert. Unfortunately, the race winner made plenty of enemies because of that stunt, particularly Ty Gibbs.

“Kind of sucks,” Gibbs said. “The 16, that was a little dirty there. There’s a point where it’s, you know, we’re racing Xfinity cars on a road course, it’s always going to be rough, but he took it to the next level.”

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Ty Gibbs was furious with AJ Allmendinger

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The youngster was fuming because he won at the track on Friday during the ARCA race and was gunning for a repeat. Needless to say, Gibbs looked like a favorite until a heat-seeking missile called AJ Allmendinger attacked. The driver went as far as to call Allmendinger a “dirty” driver for his late-race move.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With that move, Allmendinger snatched the lead ahead of Brett Moffitt and Gibbs. The #16 driver clung to the lead for the remainder of the race and the win was an important one. This was because it was the home track of team owner Matt Kaulig and the 39-year-old was determined to win it for him.

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Contrary to Gibbs’ belief, AJ Allmendinger is far from a dirty racer. As the saying goes, “Rubbing is racing”, and Gibbs is likely still learning the difference between clean and dirty racing. Now, all that the young driver can do is put his head down and wait for his next chance at achieving glory.

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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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