WATCH: Anthony Alfredo on Fire After Scary Wreck at the Texas Motor Speedway

Published 10/18/2021, 10:28 AM EDT
TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 03: Anthony Alfredo, driver of the #21 Ceco Building Systems Chevrolet, walks the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 03, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


The Texas Motor Speedway saw plenty of action on the track, with a fair number of wrecks. Among them was Cup Series rookie, Anthony Alfredo, who had a very scary moment. The incident started with 30 laps left when Kyle Busch spun Chris Buescher. A couple of car lengths behind them, Alfredo got spun around as well.

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The #38 driver slammed into the outside wall in a fairly hefty impact. Naturally, it wrecked his rear bumper, which was damaged beyond recognition. A few moments later, the car rolled down the banking to the infield and came to a stop. That was when things to a turn for the terrifying; his car caught on fire.

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Luckily, the driver was able to extricate himself from the car and get away. This was a surefire sign that he was alright and lucky to escape injury. In the end, ‘Fast Pasta’ was classified in 26th place, even though his car was no longer fit to drive.

What did Anthony Alfredo say about the incident?

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He said, “We just restarted, and someone I saw was spinning on the apron. I believe it was the 17 [of Buescher], and [Michael McDowell in] the 34 is in front of me, obviously, my teammate. Not that you want to run in anyone, but I checked up when he checked up to stay off of him. And I think [Chase Briscoe in] the 14 or someone behind me just couldn’t get checked up in time, so it spun me out and couldn’t do anything to straighten it out.

“I was backwards, so I was just along for the ride going up towards the fence. And something got knocked loose — that obviously started the fire on all the fluid that leaked out.”

TALLADEGA, ALABAMA – OCTOBER 03: Anthony Alfredo, driver of the #21 Ceco Building Systems Chevrolet, walks the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 03, 2020 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

While all that was going on, Kyle Larson drew first blood and locked his berth in the Championship 4. With this, there are three spots up for grabs with two races left and seven drivers competing for them. All of this does not really concern Alfredo, as he is not in Playoff running. Instead, he will be focused on closing out the season and hope to snatch a Cup drive next season.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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