Almirola in stable condition after scary crash, held overnight for observation

Rosalie Stanley
May 15, 2017

Safety workers needed to cut a portion of the roof off Almirola's vehicle to extract him.

Aric Almirola has been airlifted to a local hospital after a vicious wreck in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway approaching lap 200.

He believed he was going about 215 miles per hour when the failure occurred, while Almirola was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center to be held overnight for observation.

A blown right front brake rotor caused Logano to lose to control and make contact with Danica Patrick, who was turned and smashed nose first into the wall.

"Almirola was alert after the accident as safety professionals removed him from the auto".

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Richard Petty Motorsports said in a statement Sunday that Almirola was mobile and returning to his home in North Carolina.

There was a 36-minute delay after the accident, which occurred at 9:23 p.m., as Almirola was removed from the auto, strapped to a backboard and taken to a waiting ambulance before being loaded into a helicopter for transport.

"I'm OK, just saying a lot of prayers for Aric right now", Logano said. "Everything was fine and then [my car] just took a hard right". I hope Aric is alright.

Both Patrick and Logano walked away from the crash, and both were checked and released from the infield care center. He has had a pair of fourth-place finishes at Daytona and Talladega this year, and he won an Xfinity Series race May 6 at Talladega. "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 wreck with 67 laps remaining in Saturday night's race, which was won by Martin Truex Jr., cast such a debris field that the race was red-flagged for almost 30 minutes. You know you're playing Russian Roulette, and at one point at time, something is going to affect you.

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