Almirola, Danica in fiery crash at Kansas Speed

Ryan Blaney leads Joey Logano past the start-finish line at the start of the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City Kan. Saturday

Ryan Blaney leads Joey Logano past the start-finish line at the start of the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City Kan. Saturday

Over a dozen safety workers cut back the roof and removed him with a backboard; from there, he was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center via helicopter.

NASCAR driver Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after his auto got in a vicious crash during the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night.

The crash was caused when something on Joey Logano's No. 22 Ford broke, sending him hard into Danica Patrick's No. 10 Ford in Turn 1 shortly after a restart on Lap 69.

Almirola, 33, caught the worst of a three-car collision with Joey Logano and Danica Patrick during Saturday's race.

Richard Petty Motorsports says it will provide further updates on Almirola's status when it becomes available. Almirola is scheduled to fly back to his home in Mooresville, N.C., Sunday and will be monitored by doctors in Charlotte this week. "I hope and pray a lot something doesn't happen to me, but you're rolling the dice, and I'm sure racking 'em up these days".

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The incident occurred just after a restart on Lap 199 of the 267-lap Go Bowling 400 at Kansas.

"The right front hopped or something and it took a hard left". I just hope everyone is OK.

Almirola was trailing Joey Logano and Danica Patrick when a broken brake rotor on Logano's vehicle sent him and Patrick into the wall entering the first turn. "He's definitely feeling the worst of everybody". They were treated and released from the infield care center. When he said he had a failure I can't say it made me feel that much better in the moment. They collected Almirola's No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford.

Aric Almirola before crews remove him from his auto. He has had a pair of fourth-place finishes at Daytona and Talladega this year, and he won an Xfinity Series race May 6 at Talladega. You never know when it is going to be the wrong hit.

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