Is NASCAR to blame for Mark Martin’s scary crash at Michigan?

 

Safety crews tend to the #55 Aaron?s Dream Machine Toyota driven by Mark Martin after he was involved in an on track incidentduring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Mark Martin seemed well on his way to victory Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.  After leading from the pole, it seemed Martin’s pole speed would continue has he took control of the race.

Martin seemed to be on cruise control as he stretched out his lead to nearly two seconds by lap 21. He would give up the lead on lap37 during a round of green flag pit stops, but regained the point by lap 47 and was again stretching out his lead over teammate Martin Truex Jr. to nearly two seconds again.

On lap 64 however, Martin’s race came to a sudden crashing end. Exiting turn four, as he was getting caught by Kasey Kahne, two cars spun just in front of him. Martin and Kahne were sent spinning with Martin sliding through the infield grass towards the pit wall. His Toyota tapped the pit wall then spun around and slid driver’s side first into the end of a concrete opening. The car came to an abrupt stop after the end of the wall speared the car just behind the driver seat.  Martin was able to climb from the car uninjured and was even able to smile soon after. MORE>>>

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