Chris Buescher fell victim to a harrowing incident that saw him flip three times during Sunday’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Buescher, the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion, was running back in the pack on Lap 96 when he fell victim to an incident in front of him.
Running for position, Jamie McMurray slid up into Austin Dillon on the 2.66-mile oval’s backstretch. This caused the field to check up. Jimmie Johnson was sent spinning to the infield, but the field dodged him.
However, back in the pack, contact with Michael Annett sent Buescher spinning, turning upside down and flipping violently on the track. Buescher flipped three times before coming to a stop on the backstretch.
Both Buescher and Annett climbed out of their vehicles and were checked and released from the infield care center.
“We’d just got past halfway, and everybody new rain was coming,” said Annett. “It felt like the last lap of the race.”
“Hit the [No.] 38 and saw him go airborne, and that’s the last thing you want to see. Luckily, I talked to (Buescher) in the infield care center and he’s fine.
“That was a bummer,” said Buescher. “I hate going for rides like that, and that’s two-for-two on speedway racing for hard hits. I’m sick and tired of speedway racing at this point.
“I have no clue how it started, or I didn’t at the time. I did see a replay. It looks like we just got clipped on the right side. When it stood up on the left side, it just tumbled over. Roof flaps really aren’t going to do anything in that situation.”
Asked about what the flip was like, Buescher told a terrifying tale.
“It gets really quiet really fast. Really miserable ride. I just tried to tuck in and wait for it to end, and make sure I was prepared for a second hit if it came.
“This is only the second time I’ve been to the infield care center in my racing career, and both were at super speedways. I’m just ready to move on.”
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