Cody Ware crashes at Texas

NASCAR Cup Series driver Cody Ware escaped serious injury Sunday after a hard crash at Texas Motor Speedway in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.

Ware lost control of his No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford coming off turn 4, hit the outside wall hard on lap 168, then went across the track and hit the pit road wall.

Rescue workers loaded Ware onto a stretcher following the accident. He was taken to the infield care center rather than a major medical center, which is always a good sign. More good news followed, as NASCAR announced Ware had been treated and released, and had no concussion or broken bones (via Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass).

Here’s another look at Ware’s crash from his on-board camera.

The 26-year-old Ware has made 85 career NASCAR Cup Series starts, with a best finish of sixth at Daytona last month.

Rick Ware Racing released a statement after the driver’s release thanking fans for their support.

“We are thankful to the track safety crews and medical personnel, as well as the stringent safety measures NASCAR institutes,” the statement read.

Ware’s accident prompted debate on social media as to whether NASCAR’s much-maligned Next Gen car could somehow be to blame for the incident.

[Bob Pockrass, Rick Ware Racing]

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