Almirola suffers fractured vertebra in fiery Kansas wreck
Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra as a result of a fiery crash in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
Richard Petty Motorsports released the following statement on Sunday morning,
“Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, has been released from a local Kansas hospital and will fly back to his home in Mooresville, N.C. today.
Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after a multi-car accident at Kansas Speedway Saturday night. Almirola is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte.
Richard Petty Motorsports will provide further updates when available.”
On Lap 200 of 267, Joey Logano had a right-front brake rotor break entering Turn 1 and turned right into Danica Patrick. The two cars exploded into flames as they hit the wall and Almirola plowed into the melee with such impact that it lifted the rear wheels of his car off the ground.
NASCAR red-flagged the race for nearly 30 minutes as track safety workers cut the roof off of the No. 43 Ford, removed Almirola from the car and placed him on a backboard and stretcher.
Almirola was complaining of back pain following the accident. He was immediately air-lifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for observation.
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