When racing star Ryan Blaney stepped out in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday, March 8th, he had the potential of winning the FanShield 500 on the Phoenix Raceway. But things came to an end when he crashed his car on Lap 65.
Blaney’s No. 12 Menards and Tarkett Ford Mustang was severely damaged in the accident. The crash also involved Joe Gibbs racer Denny Hamlin and Blaney’s Penske teammate, Brad Keselowski.
The three-vehicle crash occurred when Hamlin and Keselowski entered Turn 3 on Lap 64, at the same time, and ended up sliding out of the racing groove. Before the two could recover, Blaney crashed into them.
The impact wrecked his Ford, sent him to the garage, and ended Blaney’s race for the day. In a press statement after the game, the racer said he could not see what happened from his car, but he was happy to be on top of the three vehicles.
He noted that one of the drivers overcorrected, which sent the three of them into the dirt, and straight into the fence. Blaney acknowledged he was sad to leave the race early but is currently looking forward to his next race.
Accidents are not uncommon on car race tracks, and they sometimes lead to severe injuries or deaths. Some common injuries sustained from race track crashes are blunt force trauma to the head or other parts of the body.
Others are penetrating trauma that damages inner organs, spinal cord injuries, and sudden deceleration injuries. Fire outbreak also contributes to injuries, and racers can even die from a heart attack brought on by going too fast on the track.