As the field raced on the final lap of stage one of Sunday’s (April 25) GEICO 500 at Talladega, Joey Logano of Middletown, CT was in the middle of the pack and in contention for some stage points entering the backstretch.
By turn 3, Logano was sliding on his roof, launched airborne and wrecked out of the race.
Denny Hamlin tried to make a move with a push from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as the cars drafted entering the turn. However, Hamlin hooked Logano, sending the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion’s No. 22 flipping over in turn 3, reminiscent of Ryan Newman‘s accident at Talladega in 2009.
Logano climbed out of the car under his own power, unhurt after a full checkup in the infield care center. Clearly shaken, he slammed the product of superspeedway racing, comparing the incident to Ryan Newman’s crash in the 2020 Daytona 500 that nearly ended in tragedy.
“I’m proud to drive to a car that is safe,” Logano said to FOX NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little. “But it’s a product [of] this racing. On one hand, I’m so proud to drive a Cup car that is safe that I can go through a crash like that and go and speak about it. One hand, I’m mad about being in the crash. On the other … I’m just happy to be alive.
“When are we gonna stop?” he added. “This is dangerous. I’ve got a roll bar on my head. That’s not OK. I’m one hit away from the same situation that Ryan Newman just went through. I just don’t feel like that’s acceptable.”
Meanwhile, Bubba Wallace had a close call as he narrowly avoided Logano’s No. 22 as the car slammed into the ground. Wallace sustained some damage to his car as he hit Logano’s.
Logano finished in 39th place and was the only driver eliminated in this incident.
by Jared Haas Courtesy of Frontstretch.com (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)