Jun 22, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT
It’s rare you see hard hits that destroy a race car at Sonoma Raceaway, but that’s what happened to Matt Kenseth in Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Kenseth was racing side-by-side with Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Lap 75, got slightly ahead of Earnhardt and then Earnhardt hit a curb and bounced into the right rear of Kenseth’s car, sending the Joe Gibbs Racing driver head-on into a tire wall at full speed.
“My bad,” Earnhardt admitted over his team radio. “I took that curb and ran into him.”
Kenseth told TNT that he didn’t know what happened.
“He got under me going there into seven,” Kenseth said of Earnhardt. “I left him plenty of room … he just plowed into my right rear and wrecked me. So I don’t know if he got into a curb and moved his car over, I don’t know what really happened. At this point it doesn’t matter, it ended our day.”
The entire front end of Kenseth’s Toyota Camry was obliterated, with the radiator literally hanging by a thread on the ground, just barely attached to the car.
Kenseth got out of the car and appeared uninjured, waving and smiling to the crowd as he made his way to an ambulance to be checked out at the infield medical center.
This will be the first time in 15 career starts at Sonoma that Kenseth has failed to finish in a Cup race there.
The video of Kenseth’s wreck is below.
Follow me @JerryBonkowski
- Graham Rahal now trails Montoya by nine points in IndyCar standings 0
- Karam’s Mid-Ohio spin triggers frustration, skepticism from IndyCar paddock 0
- Rahal scores dream win on home soil in Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio 1
- Helio Castroneves leads halfway through the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio 0
- What to watch for: IndyCar at Mid-Ohio (1:30 p.m. ET, CNBC and Live Extra) 0
- Hunter-Reay fastest in final Mid-Ohio warm up despite spinning out 0
- Cole Custer sails to first career ARCA win at Pocono, 9th first-time winner in series in 2015 0