A terrifying scene occurred during the AG-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, when Daniel Hemric’s Chevrolet flipped over leading to the «Big One» around the famous race track.
With three laps to go in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, Hemric was in the lead when the cars came around a turn. But while Hemric tried to pull up to block Sheldon Creed’s No. 2 Chevy trying to take the lead, he was a little late and the result was not pretty.
Creed’s car slammed into Hemric’s left rear tire and he immediately spun around, causing chaos among the other drivers. As Hemric’s No. 11 car spun out of control, it began to pound those behind it, eventually leading to a massive collision, which is known as a «Big One» in racing.
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Through the rubble and smoke at the Talladega track. Hemric’s car was seen overturned when the red caution flag came out.
The security team rushed to get Hemric out, who was fine when the smoke cleared.
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«I just got too far away it seems. I sure was late in the block there, I should have committed,» he said after the race, in which he finished 34th after failing to finish.
«Thank you very much to NASCAR, to the whole security team. I think it’s the first time I’ve been there, other than go-kart racing.»
Hemric was not the only accident in this race that lasted more than three hours. Blaine Perkins also ended up being taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons after an accident.
There were 15 cars that failed to finish the race, many of which came during Hemric’s accident. It’s also a tough way out for Hemric because he had the lead with just a couple of laps to go.
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However, he understood that everyone was just trying to win at Talladega, so Creed’s decision to push his Chevy that turn didn’t cause any further animosity.
Creed would finish second in the race, while Jeb Burton’s No. 8 car crossed the checkered flag first to win the race. He earned 57 points with the win.
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The NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 is also at Talladega this weekend, as the flag flies on Sunday at 3 pm ET. Denny Hamlin will lead the cars around the track in the first pole position.