Mark Martin's Car Impaled In Crash
53-year-old NASCAR driver Mark Martin was leading on lap 64 of the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, when he was involved in a frightening crash that pretty much left his car impaled.
Nate Ryan of the USA Today explains more on the crash:
Martin started from the pole position for the fourth time this season and was leading on lap 64 when the lapped car of Bobby Labonte spun off Turn 4. Along with the second-place Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne, Martin's No. 55 Toyota was collected in the wreck. Martin slid sideways for at least 100 feet down pit road, hitting an opening in the pit wall flush with the left rear of his car — only a foot or two from the driver's side door.
Martin climbed out and waved to the grandstands with his HANS device.
Here's video of the crash:
Mark Martin told the USA Today, "I'm disappointed that we got tore up, but man, what a hot rod. Big steam under the hood from Toyota, and Rodney Childers is such an awesome crew chief. I wish I could have finished the day off, but I'm so grateful to have a chance to drive cars like that."