An eventful practice for the NASCAR Cup Series at World Wide Technology Raceway ended with Team Penske’s Joey Logano topping the speed charts.
Logano led the session with a late flyer of 136.753 miles per hour around the 1.25-mile oval outside St. Louis, which hosts its inaugural Cup race Sunday.
Additionally, Camping World Truck Series champion Ben Rhodes – who’s driving A.J. Allmendinger‘s Cup car while Allmendinger runs his full-time Xfinity Series ride at Portland International Raceway today and tomorrow – crashed in Turn 3.
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Then there was NASCAR on NBC’s own Parker Kligerman, who had to make a quick exit from his No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford after it caught on fire in the garage.
— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) June 3, 2022
“It’s funny because Bubba Wallace was in front of me with a left rear down smoking, so I didn’t know if it was his smoke or my smoke – and then it was like, ‘Oh no, this is us,'” Kligerman told Fox Sports about the moments before he entered the garage and the fire broke out on his Ford.
The rest of the session went without incident after that.
The Cup weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway continues Saturday with qualifying at 11 a.m. ET. Coverage is on FS1.
After my first 4 laps, my Next Gen career is apparently on fire!
Seems it was something electrical, feel terrible for the @RickWareRacing #15 guys & the whole team.
Real shame too cus I felt like the next run we were going to be very competitive lap time wise.
Onto a backup
— Parker Kligerman (@pkligerman) June 3, 2022