Big accident occurred Saturday in Saturday’s night Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, affecting three cars. Joey Logano’s Team Penske Ford had an apparent mechanical failure believed to be a broken right-front brake rotor and hit the car of Danica Patrick pushing it into the wall which fortunately was covered by an energy-absorbent protective barrier.
They was on 215 (mph) speed and Patrick’s car exploded into flames. Both, Ford and Patrick, got hit by a hard-charging Aric Almirola, who clobbered both cars in Turn 2. Almirola’s car came to a stop along the backstretch wall. Ford and Patrick rescued themselves but Almirola remained in his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford. Safety workers had to extricate him from the car after the impact. He was awake and alert but was placed on a spine board and a stretcher and airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center for further observation and evaluation. “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,” said Logano. At the time of the incident Logano and Patrick were just outside the top 10.