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A NASCAR driver was released from the hospital after fracturing a vertebra in fiery wreck

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NASCAR driver Aric Almirola was released from the hospital Sunday, just one day after he fractured a vertebra in a fiery wreck at Kansas Speedway. 

The wreck happened when a broken brake rotor on Joey Logano's car sent him and Danica Patrick into the wall. Almirola didn't have enough time to react and plowed into Logano's car, which nearly caused his vehicle to flip. 

Crews removed the top of Almirola's car to get him out. He was quickly taken to the infield care center and then airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

Richard Petty Motorsports released a statement saying that Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra. Sunday's statement also noted that Almirola is mobile and will follow-up with his doctors in Charlotte, North Carolina, after returning home. 

Almirola's injury is similar to the one Denny Hamlin suffered in 2013. In that wreck, Hamlin suffered a compression fracture to his L1 vertebra and it kept him off the track for four races. 


The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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