Richard Petty Motorsports driver Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra in Saturday night's three-car wreck at Kansas Speedway.
Aric Almirola sat trapped in his vehicle for nearly 15 minutes following a wreck that was started when Joey Logano made contact with Danica Patrick at Kansas.
Both Logano and Patrick quickly escaped their cars while Almirola put his safety net down to signal that he was awake and alert to safety officials.
Almirola was conscious and speaking with safety crews as he was placed on a backboard and taken via helicopter to a local hospital for further evaluation. He was returning home to Mooresville, North Carolina, and will follow up with doctors in Charlotte. That contact caused Almirola's Ford to lift off the ground and a fireball to engulf Patrick's vehicle.
The wreck started when something went wrong with Joey Logano's auto and he took out Danica Patrick.
Logano said something broke on his No. 22 Ford that caused him to veer right into the left-rear fender of Patrick's No. 10 Ford.
Almirola has driven full time for RPM in NASCAR's premier series since 2012.
The Richard Petty Motorsports driver was airlifted to hospital where he remained overnight for observation. A part broke inside Logano's vehicle, causing his No. 22 Ford to veer sharply to the left and hard into Danica Patrick's 10 Ford in Turn 1. He owns one win and 29 top-10 finishes in 226 career Cup starts. "I hope Aric is OK".
"I felt like Wonder Woman for a little while", Patrick said, referring to the movie sponsoring her entry in the Go Bowling 400.
Patrick confronted Logano on the infield grass and demanded an explanation.
"All I know is that I all of a sudden crashed", Patrick said.
Martin Truex Jr. won the race, his second victory of the season.