VIDEO: NASCAR Driver Riley Herbst Has a Heavy Accident After a Brake Failure at the Phoenix Raceway

Published 03/13/2022, 9:50 AM EDT

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Earlier, the NASCAR Xfinity race concluded with Noah Gragson winning the race. However, there was a fair bit of action unfolding behind him. Fairly early in the race, Riley Herbst endured a hefty accident that ended his day. As it turned out, his car suffered a brake failure and he was helpless.

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According to reports, his brake pedal went right to the floor. Luckily, he was able to extricate himself from the wrecked #98 Ford. Eventually, he made his way to the infield medical centre for a precautionary check-up. Before long, Herbst was given a clean bill of health and was released from the medical centre.

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What did Riley Herbst say about the accident?

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He said, “I am okay, I am thankful to NASCAR and everybody for that. That was probably one of the hardest hits I have taken. I thought we had a pretty good Monster Energy Ford Mustang. I went into 3 and hit the brake and it hooked a hard right and went to the floor. I don’t know what happened. I am really bummed because I thought we had a decent west coast swing and now we are going to be 37th here and have to go to Atlanta, a new race track. Hopefully we can grab some points there. But yeah, that hurt.”

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At the time of his accident, he was running in a relatively decent 12th place on the track. This would have been a great result for the driver, considering that he qualified in a disappointing 21st place. This also snapped a three-race streak of Top 15 finishes, which included a best finish of 4th at Daytona.

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WATCH: Riley Herbst Among Several Drivers Crashing Out in Multi-Car Wreck

Now, all that Riley Herbst can do is rue what could have been and recover. Then he can try again for a strong finish at the Atlanta Motor Speedway next weekend.

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