NASCAR’s Austin Dillon ‘disappointed’ with former teammate at Pocono06/03/2019
Dillon was forced to the garage after just 28 of the 160 laps at Pocono Sunday.
Austin Dillon didn’t really get a chance to show what he had Sunday during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway. After starting 10th the Richard Childress Racing driver was trying to move up through the field. As he tried to pass Jimmie Johnson, Dillon appeared to slow. He was tapped from behind by the Ford of Paul Menard.
Dillon’s Chevrolet was sent sliding up into the wall. The damage was too much, and Dillon was forced to the garage after just 28 of the 160 laps.
After exiting the infield care center, Dillon spoke to Fox Sports. It was clear he blamed Menard for the contact.
“Yeah, he did. That’s disappointing,” Dillon told Fox Sports. “We had a pretty decent car, and the car’s killed, and 21 hit us. You can see everybody’s piled up in there, and he drove in too deep, missed the corner, hit me in in the back, took me out of the race.”
“Well, it takes me out of the race, kills us in the points,” he added. “I know he’s close in points, too, and it’s all where it’s at. It’s disappointing. That’s all I’ve got to say about it. There’s nothing nice I have to say about him right now.”
Menard on the other hand accepted full responsibility for the incident.
“I had the 11 (Denny Hamlin) coming on the inside of me,” Menard told reporters after his 18th place finish. “Somebody got all jammed up — they checked up earlier than I thought and I (expletive) up.”
Menard added that he would talk to Dillon at some point. Dillon and Menard were teammates at Richard Childress Racing from 2014-2017. Menard joined the organization in 2011, Dillon in 2014. Menard left for the Wood Brothers race team at the end of 2017.
“Paul Menard’s been doing this for a long time,” Dillon told Fox. “Was a teammate with him at some point. Just, I don’t know — he still hasn’t figured it out, I guess.”
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