Almirola Airlifted to Hospital

Aric Almirola

Aric Almirola was airlifted to a local hospital after he was involved in a violent three-car accident in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Update: Almirola Released from Hospital

Aric Almirola was airlifted to a local hospital after he was involved in a violent three-car accident in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Almirola, Joey Logano and Danica Patrick were the trio involved in the accident that necessitated a 27-minute red flag late in the race.

Safety workers cut a portion of the roof off the Richard Petty Motorsports Ford to get to Almirola. He was alert and awake as he was extricated from his car and then he was transported by helicopter to a local medical facility for evaluation. He is in stable condition and will be held overnight for further observation, according to a statement issued by the team.

Logano and Patrick were uninjured and released from the infield medical center.

Logano’s car suffered some type of mechanical problem as the field raced through turn two causing him to turn into Patrick. She spun and made hard contact with the outside wall as did Logano, who then was hit extremely hard by Almirola.

The heavy impact sparked a fireball underneath Almirola’s car, which quickly subsided once all three cars came to a halt.

“Yeah, I'm okay,” Logano said. “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. The car just took a bit step sideways into the corner and I hooked Danica (Patrick). I haven't seen a replay yet, I don't know what happened. You can see the right-front popped (right there) and it popped. I just hope everyone is okay. I hope Aric is alright. That's the last thing you want to see, a big hit like that for anyone. It's unfortunate for everyone. Let's hope that Aric is alright."

Patrick was frustrated her night ended with another piece of bad luck.

“I just don’t understand why so much bad luck happens,” Patrick said. “Besides that, I feel physically fine. On the other hand, I was having a really good night and that’s what makes me the most mad. Everytime I’m doing better, something stupid happens and it’s just killing me.

“I hope Aric’s okay. He’s definitely feeling the worst of everybody. NASCAR does everything it can to make our cars safe as possible, but things happen.”

Updated: 5/14 - 1:39 a.m. (ET).

 

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