NASCAR & Auto Racing

Allmendinger's night ends early with hard contact

A.J. Allmendinger's one-race deal in the No. 00 Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing didn't last long.

Allmendinger hit the wall hard on the 53rd lap, ending his night, two weeks after he was let go by Red Bull Racing.

"It's not what they paid me to do," Allmendinger said. "I thought the middle was open. Regan (Smith) kind of got wide and Chad (McCumbee) was a little slow on the bottom. I thought the middle was open. I think Regan came down a little bit, but more than anything I think it was me not being patient enough that early in the race."

Allmendinger will drive in the final five races in the No. 10 Dodge for Gillette Evernham Motorsports after Patrick Carpentier was let go. But he wanted a better showing in the No. 00.

"I feel like an idiot, honestly," Allmendinger said.