NASCAR's Aric Almirola out 8-12 weeks with broken back

NASCAR's Aric Almirola out 8-12 weeks with broken back

NASCAR's Aric Almirola out 8-12 weeks with broken back

Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Regan Smith to replace Almirola in the No. 43 Ford for Saturday night's Monster Energy All-Star Race, for which Smith must qualify through the Monster Energy Open. Regan Smith will drive the No. 43 Smithfield Ford in this weekend's Monster Energy Open Race.

"Dr. ( Dom) Coric in Charlotte advised me that this is nothing to mess around with", Almirola said during a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I've been doing this for a long time and I feel like I've always been able to miss wrecks, especially from that far back", said Almirola.

"I watched the replay and if you put it on full speed, I was just shy of two seconds behind the accident, so in race vehicle driver terms that is a long way", Almirola said.

"I'm not going to risk that", he said.

Almirola says he'll heed his doctor warnings and not rush his way back to a race auto, which could take eight to 12 weeks. Almirola won't be required to wear a back brace Heisel said because it was a "very stable fracture" due to the ligaments connecting the bones being intact. I want to thank our doctors in Charlotte, Dr. "The next thing I knew, I was on oil or water or something because my auto wouldn't slow down, it wouldn't steer", Almirola said.

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Almirola says he felt pain in his back on the initial impact with Logano and then the rear end of his vehicle lifted high enough that he could see the pavement below him. It was the most helpless feeling because I saw the wreck.

"We've seen momentum and everything was looking so good and everybody at the team is happy, the morale in the shop is good, everybody just keeps digging harder and working harder because when you see those results it just drives more ambition", he said. Immediately when I hit Joey's auto, I felt pain in my back. "I should have missed the wreck, but I committed to turn one".

Almirola knew that the wreck was coming and braced for impact. "I've got a lot of baseball to play with my son and I'd like to dance with my daughter one day at her wedding. I will be meeting with them throughout the healing process, and it will be up to them to give me clearance to get back in the racecar". "Whenever the doctors clear me, I'll be ready to get back in a race auto". In the meantime, I'm going to focus on getting my body back to 100 percent. "As soon as we know for the future we'll be letting you guys know that, but right now we're thrilled that Regan's going to be in the auto for this weekend".

Smith is familiar with being selected as a last-minute replacement, having been tabbed by Chip Ganassi Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and Stewart-Haas Racing (twice) since 2012 to substitute for Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, and Tony Stewart, respectively. Smith has 211 starts in Cup with one win, four top-five finishes, and 13 top-10's.

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