AJ Allmendinger hurts thumb, Chase chances after wrecks at Kentucky

AJ Allmendinger’s chances to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup took a hit on Satuday night in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.

Twice, in fact.

After starting 19th, Allmendinger’s night took a bad turn when he was caught up in a Lap 94 multi-car wreck on the backstretch.

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When he returned to the track after spending a significant amount of time in the garage for repairs on his No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet, things got even worse with a hard hit into the frontstretch wall.

"I don’t know if it blew a tire or if something broke in the car," said Allmendinger after the second crash. ""Everything kind of happened at once. Unfortunately, it was right on the bottom of the race track on the tri-oval and it went straight to the fence."

Allmendinger ended up finishing 36th when it was all said and done.

But just as frustrating as the result was the left-hand thumb injury he sustained during the second crash.

"I didn’t get my hand off the steering wheel. I got it (left-hand thumb) jammed in the steering wheel pretty bad," he said. "It just slammed in and caught the steering wheel."

After another trip to the infield care center, Allmendinger had a splint around his injured thumb.

"Fortunately, it moved around enough I don’t think anything is broken in there, but I’ll get it X-rayed to see what we got," he added. "A lot of hurt ego right now more than my thumb hurts."

With some ground to make up in order to grab one of five spots remaining in the Chase, Allmendinger is now 20th in the points standings, 31 points behind 16th-place driver Trevor Bayne.