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The Frontstretch 5: Thoughts Leaving Kansas Speedway

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1. Kudos to the AMR medical team that extricated Almirola. First and foremost, I want to send well wishes to Aric Almirola for a speedy recovery. A T5 compression fracture is no joke, and he’ll need some time to get better, even if it’s revealed through follow-up doctor visits there is no further damage to …

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NASCAR Mailbox: What Does Aric Almirola’s Injury Mean for RPM?

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Strapping into a racecar is not as easy as it looks. Each week, whenever I’m sitting in my dorm watching NASCAR, people come up to me with little to no understanding about how the sport works and what it takes to go nearly 200 mph in one of those bulky stock cars. But whenever there …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gives Aric Almirola Wreck Proper Respect

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Ah yes, the classic wreckfest.  Ever since Kansas Speedway was reconfigured in 2012, wrecking has been a regular presence.  This weekend, both races had more than their share of wrecking. Go Bowling 400 Obviously, the biggest story to come out of Saturday night was the huge crash involving Aric Almirola, Joey Logano and Danica Patrick …

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Who’s Hot & Who’s Not in NASCAR: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Edition

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Martin Truex, Jr. didn’t think Kansas Speedway owed him one. Danica Patrick thinks Lady Luck owes her one, or two, or maybe more, but maybe not. Aric Almirola certainly knows now that he was pretty lucky, but just maybe the fact he didn’t suffer a catastrophic injury wasn’t all just because of luck. Nonetheless, the …

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Kansas Wreck a Harsh Reminder NASCAR is Dangerous

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It’s something no one in NASCAR – fans, drivers or media – ever want to think about. But in Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400, we were all given the harsh reminder that the sport is inherently dangerous. Right before the 200-lap mark, Joey Logano suffered a brake rotor failure that snapped his No. 22 Ford …

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Pace Laps: Aric Almirola’s Wreck Changes the Game, Ben Rhodes Comes up Shy of First Victory

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Almirola Crash Changed The Game – Just one week ago, Aric Almirola stood inside Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway. He’d won his second XFINITY Series race in his last three restrictor plate attempts, following that up with a fourth-place effort in the Cup race. A season-long goal of making the playoffs suddenly …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: Martin Truex Jr. Shakes Kansas Monkey As Aric Almirola Sustains Serious Injury

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Who’s in the headline – Handicapping Cup Series races is very difficult. With 40 cars in a full field, and 20 capable of winning on the right day, it can be like throwing darts to figure out a favorite. The odds at the drop of the green flag Saturday night had Ryan Blaney and Martin …

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The Big 6: Questions After The Go Bowling 400

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Who… gets the shoutout of the race? It seemed like it could be Ryan Blaney’s race. The 23-year-old Team Penske driver, contracted out to the venerable Wood Brothers Racing No. 21 machine, started on the pole and won the second stage of the race. Blaney led for a good amount of Stage 3, but lost …

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Aric Almirola Hurt, Airlifted After Kansas Wreck: Diagnosed With Compression Fracture

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UPDATE2: Richard Petty Motorsports released another statement at 11:30 a.m. ET to let everyone know Aric Almirola was released from the hospital. He is mobile but has a compression fracture of the T5 vertebra in his back. For those unaware, the T5 vertebra is located in the middle of your spine. Almirola will be flying …

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Martin Truex Jr. Wins Chaotic Go Bowling 400; Aric Almirola Hospitalized

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Ryan Blaney had a better car on the short run. Martin Truex Jr. had much better restarts. But in the end, Saturday night’s GoBowling.com 400 ended with everyone simply wishing Aric Almirola the best. It was Truex who prevailed in the race, a chaotic one at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup …

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