NASCAR's Almirola out of hospital after fracturing vertebra

Aric Almirola crashes into Danica Patrick and Joey Logano during the NASCAR Monster Cup auto race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City Kan. Saturday

Aric Almirola taken away on a stretcher after horrifying NASCAR wreck

Danica Patrick walked away after her vehicle slammed into the wall and caught on fire, while Aric Almirola was airlifted after their involvement in a horrific multi-car crash during Saturday night's Monster Energy Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.

The crash occurred on the 40th lap of the race's final stage when Logano's front right tire appeared to go flat, which sent him into the side of Patrick's vehicle.

Both Logano and Patrick quickly escaped their cars while Almirola put his safety net down to signal that he was awake and alert to safety officials.

Safety crew workers place Aric Almirola on a stretcher after cutting off the roof of his auto. Almirola, who was about 10 cars back couldn't stop and hit Logano's auto at a high rate of speed in Turn 2.

While Patrick and Logano quickly checked out of the infield care center following the wreck, the same could not be said for Almirola. She was struck by Logano on the 200th lap, sending her into the SAFER-barrier covered wall as the onrushing Almirola careened into Logano.

"Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, has been released from a local Kansas hospital and will fly back to his home in Mooresville, N.C. today".

The incident occurred just after a restart on Lap 199 of the 267-lap Go Bowling 400 at Kansas.

"I just hope everyone is okay".

Richard Petty Motorsports released a broad statement regarding Almirola early Sunday morning.

"We were having a really good race and having fun out there and had a lot of speed", Patrick said.

Almirola has driven full time for RPM in NASCAR's premier series since 2012. I hope Aric is alright, ' added Logano.

"I told him, 'I'm not sure if it was you, but I'm pretty sure it was you, '" she said.

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