Huge crash during NASCAR race at Kansas

Taylor Byrd
May 15, 2017

Crews worked several minutes to remove Aric Almirola from his auto after an accident Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.

It appears Aric Almirola escaped major injury after being involved in a fiery multi-car wreck Saturday at Kansas Speedway. Almirola was hospitalized overnight and has now been released from the University of Kansas Hospital.

The crash was caused when something on Joey Logano's No. 22 Ford broke, sending him hard into Danica Patrick's No. 10 Ford in Turn 1 shortly after a restart on Lap 69.

As the cars of Logano and Patrick rode the wall, Almirola, who was trailing the accident, lost control and slid where he then had considerable contact with both Logano's and Patrick's cars. He was then airlifted to the hospital, conscious and alert, and doctors there diagnosed a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra.

He has since been released and will fly back to his North Carolina home on Sunday. As was Logano. Almirola was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital. I just hope Aric's alright. The right-front popped and I took a hard left. I just hope everyone is OK. Almirola also won the Xfinity Series race at Talladega a week ago.

Patrick took a different tone with her interview, choosing to focus on her bad luck, saying "I just don't understand why so much bad luck happens". Aric is not OK and his vehicle looked the best of everybody.

Patrick and Logano were running just outside the top 10 with 67 laps to go. "He's definitely feeling the worst of everybody". As the lone driver for Richard Petty Motorsports this season, his health is of the utmost importance for the No. 43 team.

The Stewart-Haas Racing driver's already rough season was continued by the crash, something she was clearly frustrated about after leaving the infield care center. You never know when it is going to be the wrong hit.

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