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.