• by: Phil Cantor/@osgphil

Fiery NASCAR Crash sends Aric Almirola to Kansas Hospital (UPDATED)


Unless you are a serious NASCAR fan you probably did not stay home Saturday night to watch the Go Bowling 400 at the Kansas Motor Speedway.

The race itself was won by Martin Truex Jr., but the part of the race most will remember is a very violent, high speed and fiery crash involving Danica Patrick, Joey Logano and Aric Almirola with just 69 laps left in the race.

Logano got loose on Turn 1, clipping the back of Patrick's car and sending her into the wall. Her car caught on fire as did Logano's, but the crash did not appear to be too awful at that point.

But a fraction of a second later, Almirola's #43 car makes a beeline for both burning vehicles, plowing into them so hard, the rear wheels lifted off the ground....

Track Safety workers got to the wreckage quickly---and got Almirola out of his car and later onto a stretcher. He was later transported to a local hospital for evaluation and testing and according to a statement by his team owner Richard Petty Sports---he's resting comfortably in stable condition.

SUNDAY PM UPDATE:

Richard Petty Motorsports released the following information late Sunday morning eastern time

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, has been released from a local Kansas hospital and will fly back to his home in Mooresville, N.C. today.

Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway Saturday night. Almirola is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte.

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