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Allgaier, Gilliland emerge from frightening wreck

May 10, 2014, Staff report,

Drivers meet with significant force after Allmendinger loses control

Justin Allgaier and David Gilliland both walked away from a scary collision late in Saturday night's 5-hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway.

The Lap 186 wreck began when AJ Allmendinger's No. 47 Chevrolet got loose attempting to pass Paul Menard on the inside. Allmendinger spun onto the high side of the track and then came back down in the path of Allgaier, who had gone onto the apron to avoid the spinning car.


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The No. 47 clipped Allgaier's No. 51 Chevrolet, sending the car spinning back up onto the track and directly into Gilliland's path. The two cars hit head on, sending sparks out of both machines. The impact sent Gilliland's No. 38 Ford hard into the outside wall, crushing the back of his car in addition to the front.

The window nets came down on both cars, and both drivers made their way to the infield care center.

"I'm here to race another day," Allgaier said over the radio when his team inquired if he was OK. "The car, I can't say it is."

Gilliland confirmed he was OK, too, in a television interview on FOX after being released from the infield care center.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "It looked like the 47 and 51 got together and the 51 came back up the track and I hit him, and from there a lot of stuff happened. We are alright though. Just a little sore obviously. That is one of the hardest hits I have had in awhile. Hopefully it will be the hardest one for awhile to come, too."


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