LOS ANGELES — The first on-track conflict of the 2023 NASCAR Cup season?
Did you have Chase Briscoe and AJ Allmendinger?
They made contact during Saturday night’s practice session at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the Busch Light Clash.
Briscoe explained what happened from his point of view.
“(Allmendinger) was slowing down so much on the straightaway to get a gap (away from other cars),” Briscoe told Motor Racing Network. “I felt like I was beside him pretty far down the straightaway. I got in there a little hot for sure, but, honestly, I thought he was going to give it to me since we were in practice. Went into (Turn) 3 and he just drove me straight into the fence. Definitely frustrating. … Just unfortunate. We don’t have a single back-up car out there between the four of us at SHR.
“Definitely will set us behind quite a bit. Just chalk it up in the memory blank.”
Asked what happened with Briscoe, Allmendinger told MRN: “He ran inside of me, so I made sure I paid him back and sent him into the fence.
“It’s practice. I get it, I’m struggling and in the way, but come barreling in there. I just showed my displeasure for it. That’s not the issue. We’re just not very good right now.”
Earlier in practice, Ty Gibbs had to climb out of his car after it caught on fire. Gibbs exiting the car safely. The Joe Gibbs Racing team worked on making repairs to his No. 54 car. NASCAR stated that the car would not be allowed to qualify because of unapproved adjustments, modifications not directly related to the damage.
Chase Briscoe, AJ Allmendinger in first on-track conflict of the season originally appeared on NBCSports.com2023-02-05T01:50:04Z dg43tfdfdgfd