Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series Race at Talladega Superspeedway ended with a scary last lap crash. While Johnny Sauter was able to race to his third victory in the truck series, his win was marred by the wreck, which involved 12 trucks.
Races at Talladega and Daytona International Speedway normally include at least one “Big One,” a wreck that collects several cars. This time, the wreck took out 12 trucks, starting with Jeb Burton and Kyle Busch.
The scary crash started when Burton got into the right rear of Busch’s truck, sending the No. 51 down the track to hit Miguel Paludo in the right rear as well, notes Fox Sports.
Paludo ended up on his roof as the rest of the field piled into the wreck. Sauter escaped unscathed, but most of the field didn’t. Most of the drivers in the incident were treated in the infield care center and released, notes USA Today. However, Justin Lofton was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Photos of the aftermath showed emergency workers tending to several of the drivers, including Kyle Busch, who got out of his truck, only to slump down against the track wall. After he was treated and released, Busch explained he had the wind knocked out of him in the crash. He added:
“There was a couple really good licks that I took. There was no sense in sitting in a hot vehicle, so you might a well get out and get some fresh air.”
Darrell Wallace Jr., who was also involved in the last-lap crash, walked away gingerly. He later told reporters, “Jesus Christ, hardest hit of my career. It scared the h*ll out of me. Makes you want to go 10 mph under the speed limit in your regular car, because pushing 200 and wrecking that hard, I’d die. That’s scary.”
Other drivers involved in the Talladega truck race crash were Ron Hornaday, Matt Crafton, Chris Fontaine, Clay Greenfield, Ross Chastain, Max Gresham, Parker Kligerman, and Dakota Armstrong. There was no word Saturday night about Lofton’s condition.