Saturday, April 1, 2023

Video: Martin Truex Jr. and Cole Custer Thankfully Walk Away After Frightening Crash in Stage 2

Regardless of anything else that happens in this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series EchoPark Texas Grand Prix, let’s just be thankful Martin Truex Jr. and Cole Custer were able to walk away from a scary crash in a lap 25 crash in Stage 2.

It appeared that Michael McDowell slowed ahead of Truex, but due to the amount of standing water, Truex was unable to see what was coming. Truex slammed into McDowell. As Truex’s No. 19 car limped around, Cole Custer could not see and slammed into the back of Truex’s car at full speed.

This launched Truex into the air, and sent Custer hard into the guard rail.

Here is video of the crash:

Here is a slow-mo view of Truex’s car taking off after the impact from Custer:

Custer climbed from his fiery wreckage, and expressed disappointment about not being able to see in the ultra-wet conditions.

“Yeah, I’m all good,” Custer said. “It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it was going to be. It’s just you can’t see anything. It’s pretty bad, I mean, you can’t see a foot in front of your car.”

Truex was able to also climb from his horribly mangled car, and he too was quite frustrated with the dangerous conditions that they were driving in.

“The only way to describe it is that you can’t see anything,” Truex explained. “So, I mean, it’s just — You just mash the gas and going through the gears on the backstretch praying that nobody is going to be there. And all of a sudden, I saw a taillight flash, and I was already in through him, so, it happens that fast going that fast.

“And then my first thought was once I hit that guy, was to stay in the gas, because I know they’re coming from behind and literally next thing I know, I get drilled. There’s just nothing you can do in those situations.”

This accident caused a red flag for NASCAR to take air titans down the backstretch at Circuit of the Americas.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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