Broken back will sideline Aric Almirola 8-12 weeks

Broken back will sideline Aric Almirola 8-12 weeks

Almirola was involved in a fiery crash during Saturday night's NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway.

In the three-car Kansas crash on lap 200 of the Go Bowling 400 race, Almirola was conscious and alert while being put on a backboard after the roof was cut out of his auto.

"I'm glad to be able to sit here and talk to you all this morning", Almirola said.

Joey Logano and Danica Patrick also were involved in the crash that started when Logano experienced a brake problem that sent him into Patrick's auto.

Almirola sustained the injuries during the NASCAR Go Bowling 400 when he collided with Joey Logano's wrecked vehicle. Immediately when I hit Joey's auto, I felt pain in my back.

"I've been racing since I was 8 years old and I crashed plenty of times in a go-kart", Almirola said. "I've got a attractive family and I want to be able to run around outside and throw the baseball with Alex and I want to go to father-daughter dances with Abby and I'm not going to do anything to jeopardize that". In the meantime, I'm going to focus on getting my body back to 100 percent. I saw it. I braced for the wreck.

"The incentive to make sure that I can run around in my front yard with my kids is enough for me to not rush back", Almirola said. I'm not going to risk it. Once safety personnel arrived, Almirola explained his condition and "they went through all of their proper protocol to get me out of the vehicle safely without moving my spine and stabilizing my spine". I braced for the wreck and immediately when I hit Joey's (Logano) vehicle I felt pain in my back.

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"Being out eight to 12 weeks and not have a chance at the playoffs - that stinks", Almirola added. I'm young. I've got a lot of life ahead of me. "It felt like I was on railroad tracks and I was headed straight for the wreck".

How long will Almirola be out of the auto? "The obvious thing is that the circumstances suck".

"And when I went up in the air and came back down it felt like someone took that knife and just twisted it in my back".

Almirola was at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday, where teams are preparing for Saturday night's Monster Energy All-Star Race.

"The process that we had was when we got back to North Carolina, the King and Drew (Blickensderfer, crew chief) and Aric and I sat down and came up with a list of people after we knew what the diagnosis was, and we're still working through that with our partners", Moffitt said.

"As soon as we know for the future, we'll be letting you guys know that", Moffitt said.

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