Sport Audio from Aric Almirola's fiery crash at Kansas released

03:21  17 may  2017
03:21  17 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NASCAR at Kansas: Aric Almirola airlifted after fiery wreck with Danica Patrick, Joey Logano

  NASCAR at Kansas: Aric Almirola airlifted after fiery wreck with Danica Patrick, Joey Logano Safety crews at Kansas Speedway had to peel back the front windshield of Aric Almirola's car and help him from his vehicle after a fiery wreck late in the Go Bowling 400. Almirola was conscious and speaking with safety crews as he was placed on a backboard and taken via helicopter to a local hospital for further evaluation. The extent of his injuries are not yet known. Joey Logano appeared to get loose after a right-front issue with 68 laps remaining and got into the right rear of Danica Patrick's car, sending her into the wall.

Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture on his T5 vertebra in a fiery crash Saturday night at Kansas Speedway, a spokesperson for Richard Petty Motorsports said Sunday morning. The good news is that Almirola has been released from a Kansas hospital and will fly home to Mooresville

Almirola hospitalized after fiery crash (1:29). A three-car accident involving Aric Almirola , Danica Patrick and Joey Logano results in Almirola being airlifted to University of Kansas Medical Center. Ricky Craven reacts to the incident.

Aric Almirola's No. 43© (Getty Images) Aric Almirola's No. 43 After a fiery wreck at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night, Aric Almirola could be heard screaming on the team's radio, telling his crew his back was in severe pain.

What Almirola didn't know was he just suffered a compression fracture in the T5 vertebra in the crash involving Danica Patrick and Joey Logano on Lap 199 of the 267-lap Go Bowling 400. Logano’s damaged car veered into Patrick, sending them both into the wall. Almirola, about 10 cars back, was unable to stop and hit Logano’s car violently in Turn 2.

Almirola had to be cut out of his car and was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he was held overnight into Sunday.

Martin Truex Jr. wins Kansas race marred by fiery wreck

  Martin Truex Jr. wins Kansas race marred by fiery wreck Truex Jr. goes to Victory Lane for the second time this season.It was a wild night for sure, and not only because Almirola had to be airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center after being cut from his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.

Aric Almirola was released from a Kansas hospital Sunday morning after sustaining injuries in a multi-car crash Saturday night in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. NASCAR driver Aric Almirola airlifted to hospital after fiery crash at Kansas 2d.

NASCAR's Aric Almirola was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center after getting into a fiery crash at the Go Bowling 400. Almirola ' s window net was lowered but safety crews continued to work to release him from the car, removing the windscreen and cutting off the top of the car.

Here's what some of Almirola's Cup Series peers had to say on their radios after the wreck:

Austin Dillon: "Holy s— dude. That is bad, bad, bad. Oh gosh."

Trevor Bayne: “Gosh, I hope they’re OK, man. That was the hardest hit I’ve ever seen in my life."

Ty Dillon: “Oh my God. I hope everybody is OK. Holy s—."

Jamie McMurray: "(Almirola) was hauling a-- when he hit them. He almost flipped. That’s unbelievable."

Logano: "It broke big whatever it was. Is Danica all right? She hit a freaking ton."

Ryan Blaney: "Man, Danica takes some of the hardest hits I’ve ever seen.”

Hear those interactions and other key in-car audio moments from Martin Truex's overtime race win:


Related slideshow: 2017 NASCAR wrecks (Provided by USA Today Sports)

NASCAR: GEICO 500: May 7, 2017; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (24) and NASCAR Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (47) wreck during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports 2017 NASCAR Wrecks

Aric Almirola expects to miss 8 to 12 weeks after hard crash .
Doctors have told Aric Almirola that his back injury is "nothing to mess around with."CONCORD, N.C. — In his first press conference since breaking his back last week in a hard crash at Kansas Speedway, Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola sounded confident about returning to the cockpit, but not until he is fully healed.

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