Talladega Frights: Joey Logano’s car goes airborne in wild crash at NASCAR Cup race but he miraculously walks away unscathed
- 2018 NASCAR Cup Champion Joey Logano survived a terrifying airborne crash at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama on Sunday
- Logano’s Ford Mustang was bumped by fellow driver Denny Hamlin at speeds approaching 200mph, spinning and flipping before landing with only minor visible damage
- The driver previously criticized ‘dangerous’ track conditions after a crash at the Daytona 500 last year
- ‘I am wondering when we are going to stop because this is dangerous doing what we are doing’
NASCAR race ace Joey Logano says ‘dangerous’ track conditions need to change after he walked away from a terrifying airborne crash at the Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
Logano’s Ford Mustang was sent flying into the air after being bumped by fellow driver Denny Hamlin’s car as he went to make a pass at speeds of close to 200 miles per hour.
Logano’s car spun 180 degrees before lifting off the ground and flipping over, eventually coming to a standstill hundreds of yards away.
Logano walked away from the crash, but said if he had been struck by a competitor while his car was airborne he could well have sustained fatal injuries.
After fellow driver Ryan Newman was involved in a serious crash at Daytona last year, Logano called on NASCAR to improve ‘dangerous’ racing conditions.
‘On one hand, I am mad about being in the crash, and on the other, I am happy to be alive,’ Logano said.
Joey Logano’s NASCAR Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway came to an abrupt end when he was bumped by fellow driver Denny Hamlin while Hamlin was attempting a pass
Logano’s car spun 180 degrees and flipped – but luckily for the driver it was not hit by other cars while in the air
Logano was able to walk away from the crash, but he’s called on NASCAR to improve ‘dangerous’ conditions at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama
Logano, the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion, said: ‘I am wondering when we are going to stop because this is dangerous doing what we are doing. I got a roll bar in my head. That is not OK’
‘On another hand, I am wondering when we are going to stop because this is dangerous doing what we are doing. I got a roll bar in my head. That is not OK.
‘I am one hit away from the same situation Ryan Newman just went through. I just don’t feel like that is acceptable.’
Logano was referring to a crash at the Daytona 500 last year that left Ryan Newman hospitalized with serious head injuries.
In that crash, Newman’s car hit the outside wall head-on, and it flipped over after making an impact. His car was then hit on the driver’s side window by another car coming at full speed.
‘I got lucky I didn’t get hit while I was in the air,’ Logano said after Sunday’s crash.
Afterwards, Logano Tweeted: ‘Our day at Dega ended way too soon. Had a fast @autotrader @Ford just wish we had more of a chance to show it. Thankful for safe race cars and all the messages I just got from the fans #NASCAR.’
Logano’s teammate Brad Keselowski won the race after taking the lead for the first time in the final lap.
The exceptionally tight race featured 35 lead changes among 27 drivers.
Afterwards, Keselowski was asked about an embarrassing Team Penske gaffe in the season-opening Daytona 500 when he and teammate Logano took each other out in a last-lap crash as Keselowski tried to pass Logano for the victory.
‘I certainly learned some lessons from that race and I tried to apply them, and it all came together there at the end.’
Logano, nicknamed ‘Sliced Bread’ after fellow driver Randy Lajoie named him the best thing since the baked food item, drives the No. 22 Ford Mustang GT for Team Penske, and was crowned 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion.
Joey Logano says safety improvements are required to prevent NASCAR drivers suffering serious injury