LINCOLN, ALA. — Officials took Ryan Preece and Kyle Larson’s cars to the NASCAR R&D Center after a violent wreck in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega.
NASCAR took Larson’s car back to the R&D Center immediately after the Sunday’s race. Then, on Monday, officials requested Preece’s car to reconstruct the wreck during the first overtime Sunday.
Kyle Larson spun toward the grass after Noah Gragson wrecked in front of him. As Larson spun back onto the banking, Ryan Preece T-boned the passenger side of his car on the passenger side.
The impact pushed the passenger side roll bars inward on Larson’s car.
Crews checked and released each driver from the infield care center afterward. While Larson and Preece were okay, the wreck shook each of them up.
Preece’s in-car camera showed the force of the impact moved him in the seat and lifted his visor.
At the care center, Preece described the impact as the hardest impact he ever took in a racecar.
Larson also said, “I’m lucky nothing got me inside the car,” regarding the impact.
NASCAR also took Austin Cindric and Tyler Reddick’s cars for further inspection at the R&D Center.
Each week, officials usually take two randomly-selected cars back for inspection.
NASCAR will announce penalties, if any, by Wednesday.