Smith to replace Almirola at Charlotte

Regan Smith

"I think if Joey's auto would have been 3 feet more down the racetrack and I would have hit him in the door number, that would have been very violent, and I think Joey would have been seriously injured", he said.

Richard Petty Motorsports has put Regan Smith in its No. 43 vehicle for the NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star events this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but the team has not determined who will replace Almirola when the regular season resumes next week at Charlotte.

While Almirola will not be able to perform his driving duties, Regan Smith will pilot the No. 43 Ford Fusion this weekend in the Monster Energy Open at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The wreck was a scary one that resonated across the NASCAR community, as even Dale Earnhardt Jr. commented on the incident in an interview Thursday.

"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. I'm gonna listen to the doctors.

"I felt like from that point my vehicle was on railroad tracks and I was just headed straight for the wreck", Almirola said. "For the most part, I'm OK".

Almirola is up and walking, but he does have a crushed vertebrae in his back.




"That's why I dropped the window net so fast and took the steering wheel off", he said.

Almirola knew that the wreck was coming and braced for impact.

"So I just sat there and waited for the medical team to help get me out".

"Being out eight to 12 weeks and not have a chance at the playoffs - that stinks", Almirola added. I was in way too much pain.

"From the time I was eight years old, all I ever wanted to do was race", continued Almirola. "I want to thank the good Lord for looking out for me". He will provide an update on his injury and recovery plan on Friday morning at the speedway. "I've been in wrecks in the (Camping World) Truck Series, the XFINITY Series and the Cup series ... and that one Saturday was by far the most violent".

"It didn't slow down, it didn't turn, it didn't do anything", Almirola told NASCAR.com. "For all relative circumstances, I guess things worked out the best they could". If I would have got into the back of her and run into her fuel cell or something like that, it could have been a lot worse than it was. I can't really separate my shoulders and my hips.

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