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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