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Almirola Suffers T5 Compression Fracture After Kansas Wreck

Aric Almirola suffered a T5 vertebrae compression fracture after a vicious wreck in Saturday's GoBoeling 400 at Kansas Speedway NASCARMedia


Aric Almirola was transported to a local hospital after a wreck in Saturday’s GoBowling 400 from Kansas Speedway. Doctors diagnosed him with a compression fracture in his T5 vertebrae.

The wreck started in turn 1 when Joey Logano had a brake rotor failure on lap 200. This sent the 22 car into Danica Patrick. Both drivers turned hard into the outside wall in a shower of sparks. Seconds later, Almirola’s 43 car came sailing in at full speed and hit Logano head on. The rear end of the 43 got airborne. Safety workers removed the roof from the 43 under a long red flag.

Lastly, Almirola was transported via helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was kept overnight, being released the following morning. As of this article’s composing, Almirola is mobile and in a back brace.

Richard Petty Motorsports has yet to name a replacement driver for the 43 team. The team is heading into All-Star race weekend in Charlotte. The 43 is not currently eligible for the All-Star Race. The team is however entered into the Monster Energy Open. Replacement driver candidates include Ryan Reed, Bubba Wallace, and Greg Biffle. RPM reached out to Carl Edwards, who declined to fill in.

The amount of time Almirola will be out of the car for is still unknown. Denny Hamlin had a similar injury as well in 2013. This caused Hamlin to miss 4 races. Prior to the wreck, Almirola was 20th in points. The previous weekend at Talladega, Almirola won the Xfinity Series race and finished 4th in the Geico 500. A postrace inspection failure in Talladega resulted in a penalty for the 43 team. The penalty dropped them from 17th to 20th in the standings.

NASCAR nation was once again reminded of the dangers involved in the sport of racing. Racing will never be 100% safe; the dangers of this sport have been evident for generations. The past two decades have seen advancements that have saved countless driver’s lives. Safety in racing is a constantly moving target. Above all, Almirola’s Kansas wreck can serve the greater purpose of increasing the safety factor in stock car racing. On behalf of us all at TSJNASCAR, we would like to conclude by expressing our deepest wishes for a speedy recovery to Aric Almirola and his family.