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.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”