The NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers set out at the Nashville Superspeedway on June 25 in a race featuring a heat index of 100. The weather played a major role as the drivers vomited on themselves, their feet were sore, and got extra attention from medical staff.
Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, provided an early look at heat-related issues. He was holding an Xfinity camera, which revealed that temperatures in the car were around 104 during the opening laps. Those temperatures rose to 135 over the course of the race, which posed problems during the final stage.
“Okay… a ** hot day! I threw up on myself twice and got into about 50 cars to enter the auto race,” Gregson tweeted after finishing 13th overall. “135+ degrees in the car. No Bueno. Bet on strategy and didn’t train. Proud of our group @JRMotorsports. Congratulations @J_Allgaier on the dub.”
Gragson had a strong car while racing at the Nashville Superspeedway, and ran inside the top 10 throughout the day. However, he remained on the track at Lap 119 after a warning while other drivers took to a pit road for new tires and fuel. That strategy didn’t pay off as Gragson had to head to the road with 20 laps left in the Cup Series race, knocking him out of the competition for fifth.
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AJ Allmendinger demands more attention after the race
Gragson wasn’t the only driver who dealt with some major issues. Natalie Decker and Ryan Vargas had to head to in-house care with four other drivers after racing the Xfinity Series. Decker’s team, in particular, revealed that her cool jersey stopped working after 10 laps.
The Allmendinger was among those who dealt with issues early in the race. He revealed over the radio that the floor of his car was very hot. Allmendinger said he will need some ice for his feet after the race is over. This comment caught the attention of the broadcast crew, and they responded with an explanation that the NASCAR veteran is likely to be dealing with some sore feet.
This could pose a problem for the driver of the #16 Chevrolet Camaro given that the weekend is not over yet. The Allmendinger has yet to complete the Ally 400 Cup Series race. He will have to deal with the heat for 300 laps after battling for 188 laps on June 25.
The heat led to an accident on the track
One of his teammates, Gragson, also dealt with some issues during his first exposure to an extremely hot race car. It was a learning experience for Mayer, especially after Heat played a role in an incident on the track with Ty Gibbs.
The moment occurred on lap 147 of 188 when Mayer pulled right behind Gibbs and released the number 54. The car started to turn, but Mayer called the left front fender and straightened it out. The race remained green, but Gibbs lost two places before eventually recovering to finish fifth.
Meyer met with many members of the media After the race ended, he apologized for calling. He also explained that he had forgotten how the plane worked because it was completely gassed from the heat.
Besides forgetting how air works, Meyer dealt with another problem with heat. His cooling unit started blowing hot air about 20 laps into the race. This presented another obstacle to overcome and forced Meyer to order snow and water at each stopping hole.
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