Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth involved in terrifying crash at Talladega

May 1, 2016; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) and driver Matt Kenseth (20) crash during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

May 1, 2016; Talladega, AL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick (10) and driver Matt Kenseth (20) crash during the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

The Big One already happened, but the hits just kept on coming for NASCAR drivers. This time around, it was Danica Patrick and Matt Kenseth who were caught up in the carnage.

Patrick was nudged by Michael McDowell, spinning hard into Matt Kenseth. The No. 20 then went airborne next to the No. 10 car, which smashed into the SAFER barrier as Kenseth slid upside down on the wall next to the infield.

“I’m OK. I got an X-ray, so that was a concern,” Patrick said with a laugh. “I’ve hit the inside wall at a superspeedway maybe four times now, and that was the worst. I get running close and I get pushing, but the 95 was drilling me. It’s just a high likelihood that he could take himself out.

“I’m all about bumping and pushing and being close, but I think that when you hit people with a certain amount of momentum it’s a problem. … I know I got drilled, turned sideways and ‘Hello, wall!'”

In total, eight cars were involved in the wreck, including McDowell, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola.

 

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