Sunday, April 3, 2011

Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne get into a violent crash at Martinsville.

(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Earlier today (Sunday) at Martinsville Speedway during the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 that saw a little of everything from tire issues, Michael McDowell blatant wreck Marcos Ambrose, to a classic three car duel for the win that saw Kevin Harvick edge out Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch for his second victory in a row, also saw Martin Truex Jr. heading off into turn 3 with a hung throttle hitting the outside wall like a ton of bricks and in the process taking Kasey Kahne with him.

But after the crash, both Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. exited the infield care center and even did a FOX Sports interview and said that they were ok. Truex Jr. even said that the wreck didn’t hurt. I have to believe that Truex Jr. will be sour in the morning for sure.

In watching the wreck from several different angles on FOX, Martin Truex Jr. has to be traveling at a high rate of speed (speeds are know to be as high as 120mph) and when he hit Kahne, that had to of slowed him down a little but with that hung throttle. But I also believe that it was actually Kasey Kahne that took the harder of the hit into the outside wall. Both cars were torn up, but the #56, I don’t think MWR is going to be able to repair that.

But in and among in all, the drivers cockpit was in tacked, and with the help of the safer barriers, this hit could have been a lot worse and like Truex Jr. said during his post incident interview, 10 years ago that would have been completely different. Of course the hit did require a 20 minute red flag for some repair to the wall with a welder. But damn, what a good safety piece of equipment those are. Good job to NASCAR and everyone that had a hand in developing the COT and safety barriers. 



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