Justin Allgaier, David Gilliland OK after hard Kansas wreck (VIDEO)

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Shortly after the field took the restart with 84 laps to go in the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, the caution came out again after a hard crash that involved Sprint Cup rookie Justin Allgaier (pictured) and David Gilliland.

Allgaier and Gilliland’s cars took severe damage, but the latter’s Ford Fusion came off especially worse. Thankfully, both of those drivers were able to get out of the cars and walk away.

As the field went into Turn 3 on the restart lap, A.J. Allmendinger appeared to briefly get his left-side tires on the apron while trying to pass Paul Menard.

Allmendinger spun out and slid down into the right-rear of Allgaier’s No. 51 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet, which sent him spinning into the oncoming No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford of Gilliland.

After the initial hit, Gilliland went into the SAFER Barrier for a second hard hit that briefly put him airborne. His car caught on fire after the two impacts and its front end was smashed in.

Fox Sports relayed radio transmission between the HScott camp and Allgaier in the immediate aftermath. In a pained voice, Allgaier said that he was fine but out of breath.

“Holy crap, was that a hit,” he gasped.

Both Allgaier and Gilliland were later checked and released from the infield care center. When Gilliland was released, he told Fox that it was “the hardest hit I’ve had in a while.”

“It was just a tough hit and a tough way to end our night,” Gilliland said.

The race would restart with 74 laps to go.

After eating just one chip, NHRA drag racer says: ‘I seriously thought I was going to die’

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Editor’s note: Due to rain, Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA Carolina Nationals have been postponed to Monday morning at 10 a.m. ET. In the meantime, check out this rather unusual tale:

Remember the old Lays Potato Chips commercial from back in the 1980s that bragged “No one can eat just one”?

Well, ask NHRA Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin and a few members of his team, and they’ll tell you they learned a very valuable lesson that there indeed IS a chip that you can only eat one of.

According to NHRA’s National Dragster, Laughlin and Elite Motorsports crew members Chase Freeman, Kelly Murphy and Brian Cunningham took part Friday night in the Paqui One Chip Challenge.

If you haven’t heard of the Challenge, Paqui Chips has produced a tortilla chip that the company boldly claims is the hottest chip ever made anywhere in the world. The secret is the “Carolina Reaper” pepper, considered the hottest chili pepper in the world, with a rating of 1.9 million Scoville units, according to PuckerButt Pepper Company.

How hot is 1.9 million Scoville units? Let’s put it this way: the Devil might even have a hard time taking this kind of heat. By comparison, a Jalapeno pepper only reaches 10,000 units on the Scoville rating. 

So while they were enjoying some downtime Friday night after the first two rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina (suburban Charlotte), Laughlin and Co. paid $30 for one chip – you read that right, $30 for one chip, it’s THAT hot – and thought they could take the heat.

They thought wrong.

“This is the hottest chip in the world,” Laughlin said on an Instagram post that documented the entire experience, adding a warning, “What to expect: Mouth on fire, short-term loss of speech, impaired vision from tears, extreme profanity — or death.”

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Never. Ever. Again.

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Laughlin’s post also includes several reader comments that Laughlin and his crew should have had milk on hand instead of water to try and cool things down because milk has a natural antidote to cool your mouth down after eating hot food.

Sunday morning, with his mouth and throat still a bit sore, Laughlin recalled the red-hot episode to National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna:

Never again. Never. Ever. Ever,” Laughlin told McKenna. “It was definitely not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

One of our guys showed me a You Tube video and it looked like it wasn’t going to be too bad. I like spicy food and it’s usually never a problem. I’ve been to those places with hot wings where you have to sign a waiver before you eat them and that’s never been a problem.

But this? This is on a whole different level. I thought it might last ten minutes. Fourteen hours later, I was still in bad shape. I woke up at 3 a.m. and Googled “internal bleeding.” I seriously thought I was going to die. We all did.”

So if the heat from the chip was off the hotness Richter scale, where did the stunt rank on Laughlin’s own personal Richter scale?

I’ve done some dumb things, but this is right up there.

Well, I really didn’t think it would be that bad,” Laughlin told McKenna with a shrug. “I mean, it’s just one tortilla chip. Like I said, I can usually eat stuff that other people won’t eat, but I had no idea what I was in for.

“I’ve done some dumb things, but this is right up there.”

If you’re up for another challenge in the future that involves eating hot food, Alex, here’s a suggestion: Even though it’s a few years old now, maybe you should try the Ice Bucket Challenge (but fill it with milk) to cool down quick. Just a thought.

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