Almirola says impact "felt like somebody stuck a knife in my back"

Almirola says impact

Almirola says impact "felt like somebody stuck a knife in my back"

Almirola says he'll heed his doctor warnings and not rush his way back to a race auto, which could take eight to 12 weeks.

Aric Almirola said Friday he was "pretty pissed off" about the photos that were taken of him as safety personnel removed him from his mangled race auto following his horrendous crash that left him with a broken back last weekend at Kansas Speedway.

Richard Petty Motorsports has indicated it does not have definitive long-term plans for replacing Almirola in the No. 43 Ford, though Regan Smith will be the interim driver for Saturday's All-Star night festivities at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Almirola told members of the media that he's been told that the typical recovery time for an injury of the type and severity that he has is eight to 12 weeks, and one thing the driver of the No. 43 Ford will not do is rush to get back in the seat before the injury has healed completely.

In that story, Almirola said he thinks he ran over water and oil after Joey Logano and Danica Patrick crashed, and that didn't give him a chance to avoid the other cars.

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RPM has called a news conference for Friday to provide an update on Almirola's condition. I felt like from that point my vehicle was on railroad tracks and I was just headed straight for the wreck.

Smith's first high-profile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fill-in job came at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2012, when he piloted Earnhardt's No. 88 Chevrolet for two races after Earnhardt sustained a concussion. "I promised that I'd be here to walk with him, " Almirola said.

"I feel like an idiot even being involved in the wreck".

"I wanted to see it, but I didn't want to see it that night", Almirola said. "But I think it does, it messes with your emotions".

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"I'm not going to risk that". The vehicle slammed back down on the asphalt with a force that ran through Almirola's body like a jolt of electricity. "I've got a lot of baseball to play with my son and I'd like to dance with my daughter one day at her wedding". "We were looking at a Cup driver for this situation and Regan stepped in. I'm going to take some time to relax and recover and do everything necessary to get back in the racecar as soon as possible".

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