Video: Car goes airborne during NASCAR Xfinity race at Talladega

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA - APRIL 22: Blaine Perkins, driver of the #02 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevrolet, flips after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 22, 2023 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Blaine Perkins’ car flipped six times in a wild crash during Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega.

With one lap to go in Stage 2, Perkins, running 33rd, got clipped by the sliding car of Dexter Stacey and careened head-on into the backstretch wall. His Chevy then began to flip when Jade Buford’s car hit it. Perkins thankfully was able to get out of his car and walk to a waiting ambulance. Perkins was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation along with Stacey “out of an abundance of caution” according to NASCAR.

Stacey told the TV broadcast before being taken to the hospital that he didn’t feel contact, but felt he simply got loose.

A wheel also came off Perkins’ car during the crash; it was hit by Kaz Grala as he slowed down.

The 300-mile race was immediately red flagged after the crash for 11 minutes 55 seconds. Perkins, 23, was making the 21st Xfinity Series start of his career and has one top-10 finish.

Early Sunday the Perkins family released an update:

“Blaine is alert, in good spirits, and continues to be observed at a local hospital. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.

Monday night, Perkins was home and released a statement:



Greg Engle