Huge Boost for Joey Gase After His Horrific Crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Published 10/02/2021, 5:19 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Joey Gase, driver of the #66 Medic Air Systems Inc./Fan Memories Toyota, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Last weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Joey Gase was involved in a heart-stopping accident. Apparently, the left rear wheel of his car broke loose on the corner and pitched the car into the wall. Owing to the impact of the crash, his car went airborne for a few brief moments.

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The 28-year-old was promptly rushed to the medical center for precautionary checks. From there, he was taken to hospital for further tests. Luckily, he was released shortly without much damage to himself, though he was reduced to a spectator. In the end, Denny Hamlin won the Vegas race ahead of Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch.

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What is the latest on Joey Gase?

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There was more good news awaiting the driver, as he has been cleared to race this weekend at Talladega. According to a statement, “After undergoing further evaluation in Charlotte, Joey Gase has been cleared to compete at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend. Gase will run a double-header weekend, competing Saturday in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Sunday in the NASCAR Cup Series.”

FORT WORTH, TX – MARCH 30: Joey Gase, driver of the #35 Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Xfinity Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 30, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

The statement continued, “We applaud the NASCAR Medical staff for their help and guidance in taking necessary steps to ensure Joey’s safe return. The safety measures that have been put in place to keep the drivers and teams safe, speaks volumes following this past weekend’s wreck.”

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Apparently, the wheel broke off due to a rear hub failure. Since it was not the pit crew’s fault for the failure, they managed to dodge a fine and a penalty. In all honesty, they got lucky to escape any kind of sanction from the officials. If the wheel had been improperly fitted, the crew chief, tire changer, and jack man could have faced a four-race suspension. Fortunately, that was not the case, and Gase will be back in action this weekend.

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