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MENCS: Aric Almirola Involved in Scary Wreck; Airlifted to Hospital

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Saturday nights Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway reminded us all that the drivers put their life on line every time they start their car and things can turn scary in a matter of seconds.

Shortly after the restart with 67 laps to go something broke on Joey Loganos No. 22 AAA Ford as the field entered turn 1 sending. Logano’s car turned left, hard into Danica Patricks No. 10 Ford. Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43, was a good ten cars behind the initial wreck, but somehow couldnt avoid it hitting both cars hard. Almirolas car went slightly airborne before ending up against the wall.

Almirola lowered his cars window net himself and removed his helmet as safety crews worked to cut away the roof of his car to remove him. Almirola was placed on a backboard and lifted to The University of Kansas Medical Center for further observation.

Richard Petty Motorsports provided an update on Almirolas condition early Sunday morning, releasing this statement: Almirola was alert after the accident as safety professionals removed him from the car. He was transported by helicopter to a local medical facility for evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be held overnight for further observation.

Logano and Patrick were both evaluated and released from the infield care center, both expressed a lot of shock on their faces during their interviews.

Something broke on my car, I don’t know what it was. I noticed it as I was trying to go in. I tried to back it off but you’re going 215 mph, it’s hard to check up. The car just took a big step sideways into the corner and I hooked Danica. Im just saying a lot of prayers for Aric right now. That’s the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone. It’s unfortunate for everyone, Logano said.

Patrick was quick to get out of her car after it was engulfed in flames.

The first hit was definitely sharp and hard, and there were a few more and I couldnt see at that point in time, there was so much smoke. The fire came in, and I started unbuckling before I came to a stop. Ive got 24 inches of locks coming off of my head here, and I dont want it to catch on fire. I really wanted to get out of the car, Patrick said.

NASCAR Nation took to Twitter after the race to express their well wishes and concern for Almirola.

 

Almirola is 33 is in his sixth full-time season for Richard Petty Motorsports. Almirola has one MENCS win which came at Daytona International Speedway in July of 2014. He also won the XFINITY Series race at Talladega Superspeedway last weekend in the No. 98 Fresh From Florida Ford for Biagi-DenBeste Racing.

Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with Almirola, his wife Janice and their two children Alex and Abby.

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    May 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Frightening wreck; get well soon Aric!

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