The video shows us the view from Bubba’s helmet cam footage as he narrowly swerves the airborne car of Joey Logano. It was a tense moment for the driver of the No. 23 Toyota. But Wallace avoided the collision and was able to maintain control of his car.
Logano was involved in a bump with Brad Keselowski’s car, which caused him to spin out and flip, catching the wind and sending the No. 22 car flying. Logano got some terrifying hangtime as he became an obstacle for the rest of the field. Especially Bubba Wallace, who was directly in Logano’s path. Some slick driving as Wallace didn’t overcorrect and kept his tires under him, though.
Thankfully, Logano wasn’t seriously injured in the crash. But the unpredictable nature of NASCAR and specifically Talladega Speedway claimed another victim. Logano may not be badly hurt physically, but the DNF hurts the three-time Talladega victor as he started the race from the second position and had a shot at taking home another win.
“I guess I don’t know exactly what to think. It is a product of this racing. On one hand, I am so proud to drive a Cup car that is safe, and that I can go through a crash like that and get out and speak about it,” Logano told Fox after his crash. “On one hand, I am made about being in the crash and on the other, I am happy to be alive.”
Bubba Wallace Still in NASCAR Race
The Geico 500 is still underway at the time of this writing, with roughly 80 laps to go. Despite the near-collision with Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace is still racing and is currently in 9th place.
The race began at 2 p.m. ET today and can be seen on Fox Network. The early crash has thrown many predictions out the window, and the heated race is only getting better as the miles add up.
The legendary NASCAR race demands 188 laps and 500 miles of high-speed perfection, however. And we’ve already seen how quickly things can go wrong for even the most talented drivers.