Hard Crashes at Kansas
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on May 11, 2014 | 12:45 A.M. EST
Jamie McMurray had a solid run going until he was involved in a spectacular incident when he cut a tire and slammed the fourth turn wall. (Photo: Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray had a solid run going until he was involved in a spectacular incident when he cut a tire and slammed the fourth turn wall.
McMurray’s battered McDonald’s Chevrolet came down pit road in a blaze that quickly ignited into an inferno. The track safety crew, NASCAR officials and McMurray’s pit crew were all quickly on the scene to rescue the driver and extinguish the flames.
“I’m not 100 percent sure,” said McMurray when asked what caused the accident. “I just entered turn three and I heard a small pop and then just lost all the steering and got into the fence and then knocked the oil lines and everything off which caused the fire. I’m not sure we didn’t really have any tire issues all weekend.
“Keith (Rodden, crew chief) had been kind of reporting to me what the tires looked like after each stop and hadn’t seen any really wear issues at all. I don’t know if it was just a bad tire or if I ran over something. Just lost all the air and ended up crashing.”
David Gilliland, Justin Allgaier and AJ Allmendinger were involved in a three car crash as the trio raced down the straightaway.
Allgaier and Gilliland caught the worst of the impact both making hard contact with the outside wall destroying their cars.
“I am okay,” said Gilliland after he left the track’s infield care center for examination. “I don’t know what happened. It looked like the 47 (Allmendinger) and 51 (Allgaier) got together and the 51 came back up the track and I hit him and from there a lot of stuff happened.
"We are alright though. Just a little sore obviously. That is one of the hardest hits I have had in awhile. Hopefully it will be the hardest one for awhile to come too. I am find though, just ready to get on with it.”