Several NASCAR drivers have been fortunate to avoid life-threatening injuries a horror crash at the Kansas Speedway.
Aric Almirola was in a fiery crash in the Go Bowling 400, suffering a fractured vertebra after a heavy impact crash involving fellow drivers Joey Logano and Danica Patrick, who were both lucky to walk away unharmed.
The crash Saturday night occurred when the right front brake rotor caused Logano's car to veer suddenly to the left, clipping the right rear of Patrick's car. They both slid up the track and into the wall, and Patrick's car was engulfed in flames before sliding to the apron.
Remarkably, Logano and Patrick were able to walk away, with Patrick quickly getting out of her flaming car and marching away.
Almirola plowed into Logano's car as it skidded along the wall, the force of the impact sent the rear of the No. 43 into the air. Almirola's car came to rest near the outside fence, and safety crews cut the roof off to safely get him out.
He was placed on a backboard and taken to the infield care center. He was then airlifted to the hospital, conscious and alert, and doctors there diagnosed a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra.
Racing fans took to social media to express their relief and amazement that no further damage was done.
Almirola was released from the University of Kansas Medical Center on Sunday, while Logano and Patrick were checked and released from the care centre.