NASCAR's Aric Almirola out 8-12 weeks with broken back

Posted May 21, 2017

Based on Friday's opening practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the experiment with option tires for Saturday night's Monster Energy All-Star Race (on FS1 at 6 p.m. ET) appears destined for success.

"I wasn't going to talk about it unless somebody asked, but I think that is extremely unprofessional of them", Almirola said during a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"I've been in wrecks in the (Camping World) Truck Series, the XFINITY Series and the Cup series ... and that one Saturday was by far the most violent".

Almirola said doctors have told him he needs at least eight to 12 weeks for his T5 vertebra to expect to completely heal from the accident he suffered in last Saturday night's Cup series race at Kansas Speedway.

"I've always enjoyed working with Axalta", said Earnhardt. Everything happened so fast in the moment, so I was pretty sure how it went down, but not exact of all the details. "It kind of took my breath away and I kind of looked around while I caught my breath and realized that I wasn't on fire, so I just sat there and waited because I knew I had a lot of back pain and I needed to get help getting out of the race auto". If they got $500 for selling it for USA Today I hope they enjoy that $500 because they had no idea when I got pulled out of the race auto if they were gonna see a pool of blood all over my uniform, they didn't know if my legs were going to be attached, they didn't know any of that and they were just sitting there with their shutters flying wide-open. I saw it. I braced for the wreck.

Almirola also gave an update on his health, saying he had one more scan and he would "let everyone know Friday" what his condition was.

As soon as Almirola hit Logano's vehicle, he felt the excruciating pain his back. Looking back on the crash, he feels there is nothing he could have done differently. "I can't thank everybody at RPM enough for thinking of me, and I'm excited to represent them and all of their partners". "I think that is extremely unprofessional. They didn't know if I was paralyzed or anything", Almirola said. As a result of the accident, Almirola has sustained a broken back while he will "need to wait for the compression fracture of his T5 vertebra to heal before he can get back into a race vehicle", according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN. Last year, he ran the full season with Tommy Baldwin Racing.

Driving for Richard Petty, NASCAR's all-time winningest driver, is a new experience for the veteran pilot. "But right now, we're thrilled that Regan's in the auto for this weekend".

"As soon as we know for the future, we'll be letting you guys know that", Moffitt said.

As the first driver on the track for the second round, he set the tone with three mistake-free laps and a solid pit stop.