Kyle Larson dodges safety truck at Texas

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Rookie driver Kyle Larson has already had to go through one scary crash this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and he nearly had another in last night’s NNS race at Texas Motor Speedway.

While on the backstretch, Larson blew a tire as he was trying to catch up to the field after spinning out (which brought out a caution period). His car proceeded to skid toward a safety vehicle before he managed to narrowly miss it by steering into the inside wall.

“The left front [tire] blew, and I saw a track vehicle worker thing cruising on the backstretch,” Larson said according to the Sporting News’ Bob Pockrass. “It was pulling left pretty hard, and I was just praying there was enough room to squeeze between them. It couldn’t have been more than a couple of inches on my right side.”

As you may remember, Larson was the driver who was sent airborne and into the catch-fence on the final lap of February’s NNS season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. Debris from the crash, which included Larson’s engine and one of his tires, went into the grandstands and injured at least 28 people. He came away unscathed in the incident.

Wide range of tire selections for Mexican Grand Prix

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The focus this week is on the United States Grand Prix from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, but because it’s Tuesday, the Pirelli tire selections for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix are also out.

And for once, there’s a wide variance in selections.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari have gone for a more balanced portion of supersoft and ultrasoft tires, with Red Bull only selecting six sets of ultrasoft tires.

Meanwhile all other teams have gone between eight to 10 sets of ultrasoft tires.

The full breakdown is below.