Hard Crash for Larson
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 20, 2016 | 5:15 P.M. EST
Larson shot across the track and made heavy impact with the inside SAFER Barrier that saw his Target Chevrolet lift up in the air before finally coming to rest. (Photo: Getty Images)
Larson had a tire issue as he sped down the backstretch in traffic on lap 48 and made contact with the outside wall. He then shot across the track and made heavy impact with the inside SAFER Barrier that saw his Target Chevrolet lift up in the air before finally coming to rest.
“I was going down the back stretch and I think it was my left-rear tire got cut,” Larson said. “It must have ripped the brake line because I went to push the pedal and it went straight to the floor board. I couldn’t slow down. It was definitely a hard hit there, probably one of the harder ones of my career. Even before that we were pretty sub-average there, we were pretty bad. Disappointed in our run today, but glad I’m alright.”
Larson’s weekend had already been tough when he was involved in a practice accident with Greg Biffle. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver struggled throughout the race until he’s unfortunate ending.
“We were struggling all day,” he said. “We were really bad. And just on that backstretch, my left rear tire got cut and spun me to the outside wall and then spun me back into the inside wall. By the time I could hit the brakes it must have ripped the brake line and I had no brakes. They just went to the floorboard. I couldn’t slow down and had a hard hit there; head-on.
“I’m okay. I’m thankful for Safer barriers and thankful that I’m all right. That was definitely probably the hardest hit I’ve ever had in my career. I’m glad to be on my feet right here.”