Horrific crash has happy ending at Kansas Speedway

 

KANSAS CITY, KS - MAY 10: David Gilliland, driver of the #38 Long John Silver's Ford, spins out during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS – MAY 10: David Gilliland, driver of the #38 Long John Silver’s Ford, spins out during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway on May 10, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

They were the type of crashes no one wants to see. With under 100 laps to go in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway Saturday night, Jamie McMurray, in fourth at the time, crashed hard into the turn 4 wall on lap 150. His Chevy caught fire and rolled down pit road on fire before coming to a stop. McMurray was pulled from the smoking car by his crew and was able to walk away.

McMurray said he wasn’t sure what happened.

“I just entered Turn 3 and I heard a small pop,” he said. “Then just lost all the steering and got into the fence and then knocked the oil lines and everything off which caused the fire.  I’m not sure we didn’t really have any tire issues all weekend.  Keith (Rodden, crew chief) had been kind of reporting to me what the tires looked like after each stop and hadn’t seen any really wear issues at all.  I don’t know if it was just a bad tire or if I ran over something.  Just lost all the air and ended up crashing.”

The worst crash of the night occurred just over 30 laps later. MORE>>>

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