Almirola Suffers Compression Fracture in Kansas Crash

After crashing in the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway, Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra.

Battling for position just inside the top-10 with 68 laps to go, Joey Logano had a mechanical failure in the right-front, causing his No. 22 Ford to turn left suddenly. He would make contact with Danica Patrick, causing both of them to make significant contact with the turn two wall.

Behind them, Almirola was unable to slow down and avoid, crashing into both cars with the rear-end of his No. 43 Ford coming off the ground, before landing upright.

Under the 26-minute red flag afterward, medical personnel cut the roof of his car, extracting the 33-year-old out on a back board, who was described being “awake and alert” at the time. He was then flown to the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he stayed overnight before being released this morning.

Richard Petty Motorsports stated on Sunday morning that Almirola “is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte,” with further updates being released once available.

Both Logano and Patrick climbed from their vehicles, followed by being checked and released from the medical center at the 1.5-mile speedway.

“I’m okay,” Logano said after the accident. “Just saying a lot of prayers for Aric (Almirola) right now. A lot of us took a hard hit. Something broke on my car; I don’t know what it was. I noticed it as I was trying to go in. I tried to back it off but you’re going 215 (mph), and it’s hard to check up.”


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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.