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TALLADEGA, Ala. â NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray escaped serious injury in a brutal crash during practice Friday at Talladega Superspeedway.
McMurray lost control of his Chevrolet on the 2.66-mile trackâs backstretch and turned into traffic. Ryan Newman hit the side of McMurrayâs car, sending it into the air and into a series of violent flips on the inside of the racing surface. The car hit the inside wall before stopping.
McMurray climbed from the car a few minutes after it came to rest on its side and was transported to the infield medical center.
“I heard the tire start to come apart and you are kind of along for the ride,” McMurray said. “The car, I think, it turned to the right and then kind of back to the left and I obviously was in the front of that draft and then once it starts rolling you donât have any control.Â You canât tell what is up and what is down you are spinning so fast.Â I was just thankful.Â Honestly, the whole time itâs flipping I was like, just please land on the right way up so I can get out.Â You just never know if there is going to be a fire.
”Â We literally had only run four or five laps so you know you have a full tank of fuel and so to get out upside down Iâve never done that, but itâs a challenge when you watch guys try to do that.Â So, I was just thankful that the car landed on all four.â
Fridayâs practice speeds were higher than expected. McMurray had run a lap at almost 204 miles per hour minutes before the crash.
The wreck apparently was caused by a blown tire.
“Iâve been lifted up before, but I have never like barrel rolled like that.Â Ironically, the impacts were much less than I expected; you are just getting beat around,” McMurray said. “The biggest struggle is that you canât tell where itâs coming from.Â So, if you blow a tire out or something youÂ know how to brace yourself for that and what you are going to feel.Â I mean, it was spinning so fast at once point that I couldnât tell what was up and what was down.â
Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez also were involved in the accident. All four teams decided to bring out backup cars for Sundayâs race.