Talladega, Ala. — Jamie McMurray rolled his car at least seven times at Talladega Superspeedway.
McMurray’s left rear tire appeared to fail in a practice session Friday and it began a four-car accident.
McMurray’s No. 1 Chevrolet spun horizontally along the track and was broadsided by Ryan Newman, flipping and hitting the safety barrier before landing on the passenger side.
He climbed out of the car and walked to an ambulance. Says McMurray: “I’ve been racing forever and I’ve never done a roll like that before.”
Ty Dillon and Daniel Suarez also were caught in the wreck. All four were evaluated at the infield care center, but may have to go with backup cars.
It was a rough start to the weekend leading up to a restrictor plate race known for crashes and chaos.
NASCAR buys ARCA
NASCAR has acquired fellow stock car racing organization Automobile Racing Club of America, known as ARCA. NASCAR vice chairman and executive vice president Jim France called the announcement Friday “a big moment for stock car racing in America.”
ARCA has been a launching pad for drivers looking to make it to NASCAR’s Cup series.
ARCA founder John Marcum once worked as a NASCAR official and raced against that series’ founder, Bill France Sr. ARCA began racing at Daytona International Speedway in 1964.
The ARCA Racing Series will keep operating under its current structure through 2019, including nine events at NASCAR venues this year.
ARCA President Ron Drager says at times it’s felt like a rowboat on the ocean getting rocked by ocean liners. He says he wants “to be on a bigger boat.”