Elliott Sadler was declared the winner of the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday after a horrific final lap wreck involving his number 1 car and the 22 car of Joey Logano.
Sadler careered into then-leader Joey Logano on the final lap as Logano overaggressively attempted to block the number 1 car. Logano spun into the field who were travelling towards him at over 175mph. He was broadsided by Blake Koch’s number 11 car, which caught fire upon impact.
It appeared from the impact that Logano would be seriously injured in the accident, but miraculously, the 25-year-old walked away unhurt.
“We crashed pretty hard. It is just typical superspeedway racing … racing for the win at the end. I know Elliott is a great speedway racer and he knew what he had to do to win the race, and I knew I what I had to do to try to keep him behind me, ” Logano said after getting checked by doctors in the infield care center.
Only seconds prior to the colossal crash, Logano appeared to be a lock for the victory. Instead, he goes to bed tonight one of the luckiest men alive after surviving what could have been fatal were it not for the advancements in driver safety that NASCAR has enforced in recent years.