Aric Almirola to be held overnight in hospital for observation after crash


Aric Almirola is in stable condition and will be held overnight at hospital after he was involved in a three-car crash in Saturday night’s NASCAR Cup race at Kansas Speedway, Richard Petty Motorsports said in a statement issued early Sunday morning.

Almirola’s car slammed into Joey Logano‘s car and the rear end lifted a few feet off the ground. Safety workers cut the car’s roof to extricate Almirola.

Richard Petty Motorsports stated it will provide further updates when appropriate.

The caution came out on Lap 201 of the 267-lap race after Logano and Danica Patrick crashed in Turn 1. Almirola was behind the incident but couldn’t avoid it.

Aric Almirola’s car slams into Joey Logano’s car at Kansas Speedway. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

“You can see the right-front popped (right there) and it popped,” Logano said after the incident. “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.”

Logano said a part failure was what triggered the incident.

Almirola was airlifted after the incident. Fox Sports 1 reported he was sent to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Saturday night was Almirola’s 226th career Cup start. He has made 191 consecutive starts. He has one victory, which came in July 2014 at Daytona International Speedway. He is in his sixth full-time season with the organization.

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NASCAR America: Navigating Sonoma means plenty of twists and turns

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You turn left and turn right, what’s the big deal, right?

Actually, wrong.

Sonoma Raceway is an extremely technical racetrack full of winding turns both to the left and right.

On Thursday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took to the iRacing Simulator to show what drivers might expect on the nearly two-mile roadcourse north of San Francisco this weekend.

NASCAR America: Which NASCAR driver is ready for zombie apocalypse?

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Now there’s something you don’t hear NASCAR drivers talk about every day: how to prepare — and potentially survive — a zombie apocalypse.

Our intrepid reporter, Rutledge Wood, threw a number of NASCAR drivers for a loop when he asked them that very question.

The reactions range from incredulousness to seriousness.  Among those Rut talked with included Martin Truex Jr., Elliott Sadler, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Blaney, Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones and Kyle Larson.

And here’s a few surprises:

  • Brad Keselowski wants to buy a tank for the apocalypse, and supposedly Dale Earnhardt Jr. is waiting to take delivery on his own tank — both to kill zombies, of course!
  • Several drivers also talked about one of their former own who reportedly has already made big plans to take on any zombies that come across his path. As Wood said, that former driver’s name rhymes with Schmarl Schmedwards.

Check out the hysterical video — trust us, it WILL make you laugh — if for nothing else the outlandish responses from some of the drivers.

But it also makes one wonder: what if a zombie is among us and he’s disguised as a zombie? What then — and who might it be?

NASCAR America: John Hunter Nemechek looks to overcome small team, funding

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The good news for John Hunter Nemechek was with his win last weekend at Gateway, he and Nemco Motorports qualified for this season’s Camping World Truck Series playoffs.

But there is potential bad news, as well: because of having one of the smallest teams in the truck series and limited funding, Nemechek and his team are going to need more financial help, lest they potentially can’t afford to race for the championship in the playoffs.

Nemechek talked about that with NASCAR America on Thursday’s show. See the above video.

NASCAR America: Papis teaching next generation of NASCAR champions

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Even though much of his racing career was spent in open-wheel competition, it may surprise some to know Como, Italy native Max Papis has a combined 95 career starts in NASCAR across its three racing series: Cup, Xfinity and Trucks.

Papis’ versatility has proven invaluable in mentoring a number of young drivers with the potential of some day becoming NASCAR champions, including current student William Byron.

Papis spent Thursday on NASCAR America talking about what makes a good young driver and how he enjoys his role as a mentor and teacher.