Almirola out of hospi­tal af­ter fright­en­ing, fiery crash

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAVE SKRETTA

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — NASCAR driver Aric Almirola has been re­leased from the Uni­ver­sity of Kansas Med­i­cal Cen­ter a day af­ter frac­tur­ing a ver­te­bra dur­ing a fiery wreck at Kansas Speed­way.

Almirola was trail­ing Joey Logano and Dan­ica Pa­trick on Satur­day night when they were sent into the wall in the first turn. Almirola plowed into Logano’s car, the force of the im­pact lift­ing his No. 43 car into the air.

Safety crews re­moved the top of Almirola’s car so they could re­move him.

He was taken by he­li­copter to the hospi­tal, con­scious and alert, and Richard Petty Mo­tor­sports said Almirola had a com­pres­sion frac­ture of his T5 ver­te­bra. He was re­turn­ing home to Mooresville, N.C., and will fol­low up with doc­tors in Char­lotte.

SEAN GARD­NER, GETTY IM­AGES

Joey Logano, Dan­ica Pa­trick and Aric Almirola, No. 43, crash dur­ing the Mon­ster En­ergy NASCAR Cup Se­ries Go Bowl­ing 400 on Satur­day.

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