Aric Almirola released from hospital after fiery wreck

Beth Cruz
May 15, 2017

Rescuers had to cut the roof off Almirola's auto to remove him, the newspaper reported.

Aric Almirola has been released from the hospital after suffering a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra in Saturday's Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway, NASCAR announced.

On Saturday night, the Go Bowling 400 saw a violent wreck create a scene that won't be forgotten at Kansas.

He was taken away in an ambulance and was to be air-lifted to University of Kansas Medical Center, the television broadcast said.

Aric Almirola was swept into a lap-200 crash that was triggered by Joey Logano exploding a right front brake rotor. Almirola is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte. As was Logano. Almirola was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital. "Just saying a lot of prayers for Aric (Almirola) right now".

Logano told Fox Sports 1 that everything was fine in his vehicle and then something broke in the right front "just out of nowhere".

"The right front hopped or something and it took a hard left". "I am just frustrated for the lack of breaks I get".

Logano and Patrick both walked away from the crash and were cleared following evaluations with infield medical care staff. "Let's hope that Aric is alright". "Then he said it was a failure of some sort, which didn't make me feel better in that moment". He won the 2014 summer race at Daytona International Speedway and has 10 career top-five finishes, including two this season - in the Daytona 500 and Talladega Superspeedway last weekend.

The 33-year-old Almirola, in his sixth full season in the series driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, is 23rd in the NASCAR Cup standings, 62 points outside the current cutoff for the 16-driver NASCAR playoffs with 17 races left in the regular season. You never know when it is going to be the wrong hit.

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