We witnessed a horrific wreck take place on Saturday, and it reminded us all once again that NASCAR is one of the most dangerous sports in the nation.
Aric Almirola was airlifted to the hospital after a fiery wreck that took place during the race on Saturday. It was kind of a snowball effect, due to an explosion in Joey Logano’s car, that pushed him into Danica Patrick cause flames to burst out of her car… Which Almirola immediately slammed into (at very high speeds) due to him not being able to stop in time.
Logano and Patrick were fine, but as stated earlier, Almirola had to be physically taken out of his car. Statements have been released that Almirola fracture the T5 vertebrae in his spine, but that he’s doing OK.
That allowed us to take a breath of relief.. until we saw photos from the incident. They’re absolutely horrifying and have us all wondering how Almirola is even alive, much less walking.
Take a look for yourself:
Multiple drivers weighed in on the accident, expressing that this was just a harsh reminder that NASCAR really is incredibly dangerous. Keselowski mentioned that in his post-race interview.
“Well, I mean, it’s a dangerous sport. Always has been, always will be. Sometimes we forget that and maybe take for granted that you see real hard hits and people walk away, and then you see one where someone doesn’t, and it puts things back into perspective just how dangerous it can be.”
Ryan Blaney echoed what Keselowski said, while also mentioning that he hopes NASCAR can figure out a way to make things safer.
“As a driver watching that, this sport, like Brad (Keselowski) said, is dangerous. NASCAR has made really good safety improvements over the past 10, 15 years, and they’re always improving, so they’ll look at that incident and see what they can do better to prevent that from happening ever again.”
Martin Truex Jr., the winner of Saturday’s race, was at a loss for words. He explained that he couldn’t even look over at Almirola when he was being carried off on a stretcher. All he could do was say a prayer.
“When I saw him they were getting him out and he was on a stretcher. I just kind of put my head down and closed my eyes and gave him a few prayers to hope that he was doing good.”
Wow.. this is all so emotional. All I can say is I’m glad Aric is OK. It will be a long recovery, but at least he’s still alive and well!!!