WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — NASCAR officials disqualified the second-finishing Kaulig Racing No. 10 Chevrolet of AJ Allmendinger for a technical violation after Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen International.
Allmendinger had led a race-high 24 of 82 laps in the Zippo 200, crossing the finish line 1.168 seconds behind first-time winner Austin Cindric on the 2.45-mile course. But his Kaulig Racing entry was found to be too low on both the right-rear and left-rear corners in post-race inspection, dropping Allmendinger to a last-place result in the 37-car field.
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Xfinity Series director Wayne Auton said that the No. 10 car was inspected for damage in post-race inspection. He also added that the Matt Kaulig-owned organization has until noon ET Monday to file an appeal.
Allmendinger, a former regular in the Monster Energy Series, has returned to NASCAR competition this season on a partial schedule in the Xfinity Series. Both of his starts thus far, however, have resulted in disqualifications. Officials threw out Allmendinger’s apparent third-place finish at Daytona International Speedway in July, demoting him to last place.
Auton said that the Kaulig team’s second offense would not necessarily result in a stiffer penalty.
“No, we’ll obviously talk about it, but whenever you get DQ-d, I think that’s a pretty big penalty in itself,” Auton said. “So we consider this race closed now. The other cars have passed inspection.”
There is no minimum height requirement in the Monster Energy Series, but the Xfinity Series and Gander Outdoors Truck Series have a ride-height rule.