Matt Kenseth hits hard at Sonoma after being clipped by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (video)


It’s rare you see hard hits that destroy a race car at Sonoma Raceaway, but that’s what happened to Matt Kenseth in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Kenseth was racing side-by-side with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Lap 75, got slightly ahead of Earnhardt and then Earnhardt hit a curb and bounced into the right rear of Kenseth’s car, sending the Joe Gibbs Racing driver head-on into a tire wall at full speed.

“My bad,” Earnhardt admitted over his team radio. “I took that curb and ran into him.”

Kenseth told TNT that he didn’t know what happened.

“He got under me going there into seven,” Kenseth said of Earnhardt. “I left him plenty of room … he just plowed into my right rear and wrecked me. So I don’t know if he got into a curb and moved his car over, I don’t know what really happened. At this point it doesn’t matter, it ended our day.”

The entire front end of Kenseth’s Toyota Camry was obliterated, with the radiator literally hanging by a thread on the ground, just barely attached to the car.

Kenseth got out of the car and appeared uninjured, waving and smiling to the crowd as he made his way to an ambulance to be checked out at the infield medical center.

This will be the first time in 15 career starts at Sonoma that Kenseth has failed to finish in a Cup race there.

The video of Kenseth’s wreck is below.

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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.”