Things aren’t always clean on the race track and unfortunately for NASCAR’s Austin Dillon, that was true today. Brad Keselowski hooked Dillon as the two came across the finish line. While it was just stage 2 of the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, the hit likely ruined Dillon’s day.
Accidents happen, and when they do you hope that nothing too serious happens. As the two drivers, Dillon and Keselowski came across in 6th and 7th they got caught up with one another. Dillon was underneath Keselowski, side drafting and when he tried to go up the apron, the two connected.
Currently, the final stage of the FireKeepers Casino 400 is underway and Austin Dillon will not be racing in that stage. However, despite how awful the wreck looked, it seems that Dillon is going to be okay. Meanwhile, Keselowski is racing through the final stage.
According to the NASCAR Twitter page, Dillon has been evaluated and released from the infield care center. These types of wrecks unfortunately happen. While NASCAR has been attempting to make these accidents occur less, incidents still happen.
This hit looked particularly hard. It was nice to see Dillon walk away without injury. When a car goes into a wall, there is no telling what might happen afterward. Fires can start, other vehicles can get involved, and bad things can result. This will hurt Dillon as the regular season comes to an end next week, without a finish in the final round he could be jumped by other drivers in the standings.
NASCAR Cup Series Heating Up
While Austin Dillon will not continue today, he is still battling in the NASCAR Cup Series with his fellow drivers. Prior to the end of today’s race, he currently sits at 13th in the standings. Three spots ahead of him is Brad Keselowski with 61 more points.
During the Tokyo Olympics, NBC put a two-week break on races, and drivers appreciated the break. In fact, some wanted to make the new two-week period permanent. Now, as the races heat up drivers are battling for standing in the Cup Series As far as the leaders go, there are two drivers that have put themselves ahead of the rest.
This season, Kyle Larson and Denny Hamlin have shot out in front of the rest of the field. Larson has five wins on the season prior to today’s race and Hamlin is sitting with no first-place wins. However, he has 12 top-5 finishes and 931 points. Larson has 953. In third place, Kyle Busch sits with just 796 points. Next week’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona will be the end of the regular season before the Round of 16 starts to begin the NASCAR Playoffs.