May 10, 2014, 10:55 PM EST
Shortly after the field took the restart with 84 laps to go in the 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway, the caution came out again after a hard crash that involved Sprint Cup rookie Justin Allgaier (pictured) and David Gilliland.
Allgaier and Gilliland’s cars took severe damage, but the latter’s Ford Fusion came off especially worse. Thankfully, both of those drivers were able to get out of the cars and walk away.
Allmendinger spun out and slid down into the right-rear of Allgaier’s No. 51 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet, which sent him spinning into the oncoming No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford of Gilliland.
After the initial hit, Gilliland went into the SAFER Barrier for a second hard hit that briefly put him airborne. His car caught on fire after the two impacts and its front end was smashed in.
Fox Sports relayed radio transmission between the HScott camp and Allgaier in the immediate aftermath. In a pained voice, Allgaier said that he was fine but out of breath.
“Holy crap, was that a hit,” he gasped.
Both Allgaier and Gilliland were later checked and released from the infield care center. When Gilliland was released, he told Fox that it was “the hardest hit I’ve had in a while.”
“It was just a tough hit and a tough way to end our night,” Gilliland said.
The race would restart with 74 laps to go.
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