Aric Almirola needed to be cut from his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car and carried out on a stretcher following his involvement in a violent three-car crash on Lap 200 of the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.
The incident began when Logano suddenly broke loose next to Danica Patrick in Turn 2, sending both drivers into the outside retaining wall. They were both racing for 12th at the time of the apparent mechanical failure.
Almirola then barreled into the Logano Ford at near full-speed sending the rear-end of his Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 into the air. The impact resulted in a fireball that caught Patrick’s No. 10 Ford on fire.
Both Logano and Patrick quickly escaped their cars while Almirola put his safety net down to signal that he was awake and alert to safety officials.
Track safety workers cut the roof off of the No. 43 and were able to remove Almirola from the car. The veteran Cup Series driver was complaining of back pain following the accident.
He was airlifted to the University of Kansas for further evaluation.
By Matt Weaver