Leave it to Darrell Wallace Jr. to be in a joking mood after one of the scariest wrecks of the 2018 NASCAR season.
Wallace suffered a brake failure and slammed hard into the wall during Lap 155 of Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fans nervously waited as Wallace took roughly 15 seconds to lower his window net.
Here’s the crash, which Wallace later described as the “hardest” of his career:
Here’s another look, which shows how far down the infield Wallace traveled before slamming into the barrier:
Wallace eventually was released from the infield care center with no serious injuries, although he admitted he was in some pain. Despite the difficult finish for the No. 43 team, its charismatic driver maintained his sense of humor during an interview with NBC Sports.
“The EMTs were worried that I didn’t let the window net down soon enough and I was like, ‘Hell, that’s the last thing I thought about! I’m sorry.’
“Everything was good. They gave me an ultrasound, no twins or anything so I’m good. Just unfortunate ending for us.”
Congrats … we guess?
Kyle Busch went on to win Sunday’s race at Pocono, earning his sixth victory of the season. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver maintained his lead atop the Cup standings.
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