Kyle Larson left-rear tire failure brought an early end to his race and one of the hardest hits of his NASCAR career.
Larson was exiting Turn 2 and entering the backstretch on Lap 47 of 200 when he suffered a left-rear tire failure that sent him crashing into the outside retailing wall.
His No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet then bolted down the track and slammed into the track’s inside retaining wall, completely destroying the front of the car and lifting it up off all four tires. He was running 27th at the time.
Larson immediately notified his team over his radio that he was OK.
“I guess my left-rear got cut and it must have hit the brake line because when I pushed the pedal, it went straight to the floorboard,” Larson said in an interview with Fox Sports after emerging from the infield care center.
“It was definitely a hard hit – probably one of the hardest of my career. I’m disappointed in our run today.”
Larson, who started the 2016 season with a seventh-place finish in the Daytona 500, was coming off a 12th-place finish last weekend at Phoenix.