Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson went for a ride on a last-lap wreck Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, emerging from a multi-flip wreck no worse for wear.
Hendrick Motorsports driver William Byron and Front Row Motorsports driver David Ragan made contact coming out of Turn 2 on the final lap of Sunday’s GEICO 500, with Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet hitting the outside wall and turning back to the inside of the pack. His car smashed into Larson’s car, and the No. 42 Chevrolet was sent off the track toward the inside retaining wall — where it made heavy contact, and flipped down the apron.
“That was probably the longest flip I’ve ever had,” Larson said after he was checked out of the infield care center. “I didn’t know if it would ever stop. … It was a little bit scary, but thankfully I’m all right.”
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All drivers involved in the incident — Larson, Ragan, Byron, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jeffrey Earnhardt — exited the cars under their own power and were eventually cleared from the medical center.
“I was in the middle there after we took the white flag and I just got loose and wrecked the 24 (of Byron),” Ragan said after the race. “I spun him out across my nose and he collected a few other cars. That last wreck was my fault. I was pretty stupid to wreck like that when you are running 10th or 15th on the last lap.”
For Larson, it was yet another incident on what he’s dubbed a “crappy” start to his season so far. He finished the race 24th and currently sits 21st in the points standings.
“Thanks to the fab shop and Chip Ganassi Racing for building safe race cars,” Larson said. “Like I said, that was scary. So, I’m just thankful that I’m OK. … As soon as we left the restart zone we were kind of just in a bad spot. When you’re like that and everybody is four or five-wide, you know something crazy is going to happen.”