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April 21, 2024

Erik Jones evaluated, released from local hospital after Talladega crash

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Erik Jones was evaluated and released from a local hospital late Sunday night after a crash during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Jones was in a group of fellow Toyota drivers when a tangle in the 2.66-mile track’s third turn sent his No. 43 Legacy Motor Club Camry nose-first into the outside retaining wall, ending his race at Lap 156 of 188 in Sunday’s GEICO 500. He finished 35th in the 38-car field.

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Jones was initially evaluated and released from Talladega’s infield care center. NASCAR officials said he later returned and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Shortly before midnight CT, Legacy Motor Club confirmed Jones was released from a Birmingham hospital at approximately 11:30 p.m. CT and was heading home to North Carolina. The team confirmed Jones was evaluated but no other details were made available Sunday night.

“I’m sore, it just really stretched it out a lot,” Jones said when asked about his back after his release from the infield medical center post-crash. “So it’ll be a long week just trying to get recovered and get to feeling better for next week, but all right.”

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Jones is in his fourth year driving the No. 43, which has been run under the banner of Richard Petty Motorsports, Petty GMS and now Legacy M.C. since he took the ride in 2021. The 27-year-old driver is a three-time Cup Series winner, with victories at Daytona (2018) and Darlington (2019, 2022).

NASCAR officials indicated after post-race inspection that the No. 43 Toyota would be transported back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center for further evaluation.