Same thing happened to Bill Elliott at Talladega years back (where the ass end of his car got way up in the air before taking a hard landing), but then again, he caught way more air than Almirola did.

Aric Almirola Returns to Site of Back Injury With Renewed Optimism. The 2017 season was a difficult one for many reasons for Almirola, and he didn’t have much to say on social media. Tweet; Pin It; Updated: May 11, 2018. NK Photography. By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor. Almirola fractured a vertebra in a crash Saturday night at Kansas Speedway and could miss up to three months of the NASCAR season. His injury sustained at Kansas resulted in 15-20% loss of height of that vertebra which has the potential to cause some kyphosis or forward bending of the spine from a postural standpoint. Tweet; Pin It; Updated: May 19, 2017.

And the whirring of helicopter blades transporting one of the on-track competitors to a local hospital. The car slammed back down on the asphalt with a force that ran through Almirola's body like a jolt of electricity. NASCAR fans have probably noticed a more active social media presence from Aric Almirola since the first of the year, and he has been especially active on Twitter in recent weeks.

The big hit. Aric Almirola, who missed eight races after suffering a broken back, has been cleared to return to the driver's seat of the Richard Petty Motorsports No. Almirola focuses on recovery before returning from back injury The Sports Xchange ... Aric Almirola felt as if he had a sharp pain in his back.

By Yvonne Jones, Staff Writer. 43 car this weekend Feel bad for @aric_almirola.What makes this injury even worst is he will feel ready to return to racing before his body will allow him to. NASCAR via Getty Images. The flames.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s uncertain how long Aric Almirola will be absent from the iconic No. The scorched racecars and torn sheet metal.

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By Summer Bedgood. A year after a serious back injury sidelined Aric Almirola for seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races in 2017, he looks back on the crash.

By Yvonne Jones. CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Aric Almirola celebrated a victory with his family one weekend, then found himself on a backboard in a helicopter on the way to the hospital just seven days later.

43 Ford Fusion off the pavement. Aric Almirola won’t rush back injury that typically takes 8-12 weeks to heal. That's what I was thinking.

BH: Almirola’s T5 vertebra injury was more severe than the back injuries suffered in 2013 by Denny Hamlin and in 2016 by Tony Stewart. — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) May 14, 2017 But the worst was yet to come, as the impact lifted the rear end of Almirola's No.