Aric Almirola to miss next 8-12 weeks with broken back

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Aric Almirola (43) Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) Ford Fusion drives through turn four during a practice session for the 20th annual Kobalt 400 on March 10, 2017, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire)
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NASCAR driver Aric Almirola says that he now expects to miss at least the next eight to 12 weeks after recently encountering a devastating crash at the Kansas Speedway. As a result of the accident, Almirola has sustained a broken back while he will “need to wait for the compression fracture of his T5 vertebra to heal before he can get back into a race car,” according to Bob Pockrass of ESPN.

It is also worth noting that the now infamous incident occurred back on May 13 at the Go Bowling 400.

“The incentive to make sure that I can run around in my front yard with my kids is enough for me to not rush back,” said Almirola, via ESPN. “I’m going to listen to the doctors. I’m young. I’ve got a lot of life ahead of me, and I’ve got a 4-year-old and 3-year-old at home — I’m not going to do anything to rush myself back in a race car and risk not being able to feel anything from my belly button down for the rest of my life.”

Almirola was originally airlifted to a nearby hospital at the time of the crash but remained awake and alert throughout the process.

“Being out eight to 12 weeks and not have a chance at the playoffs — that stinks,” Almirola added. “To have this happen and sort of derail all of the momentum and progress we had made is tough. It’s tough to swallow for sure.

“It’s fate or whatever. There’s nothing I can do about it.”

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