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Ty Dillon & Kyle Larson avoid injuries after high-speed wreck [WATCH]

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NASCAR Cup Series drivers competed on the street course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 31 in a race marred by several on-track incidents. The Greatest sent both Kyle Larson and Ty Dillon to the Infield Care Center.

The incident occurred during the final stage of the Verizon 200. Dillon entered Turn 1 with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. directly behind him. Larson’s No. 5 then came flying in after an apparent mechanical problem and slammed into Dillon’s No. 42 at just under 120 mph. The stock cars left the ground before skidding through the grass. The collision also tore the right side of Dillon’s #42.

Both drivers were able to exit their respective vehicles, and Larson jogged over to Dillon’s so they could chat before boarding the ambulance for the obligatory trip to the Infield Care Center.

Both drivers went into the race looking for strong positions. Dillon, in particular, needed a win to potentially secure a playoff spot. Instead, he finished 34th in his fifth DNF of the season. Larson was credited with a 35th place finish and his fifth DNF.

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Both Dillon and Larson avoided injury in the violent collision. They were examined at the Infield Care Center before being released. Larson did not meet with members of the media, but Dillon provided additional information.

“I haven’t seen much. I saw a blue flash,” Dillon told NBC Sports after exiting the infield care center. “I’ve never been hit so hard in my life. I am thankful that the good Lord takes care of me and that these cars are so safe.”

Dillon went on to explain that drivers have ups and downs in their careers. He is currently struggling with some struggles while also trying to secure a seat for the 2023 season. 2022 wasn’t the season Dillon was hoping for, but he told NBC Sports all he can do is try to go out there and do better.

Both drivers finished the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Infield Care Center. They have avoided injuries so now they will both try to do a much better job at the next track on the schedule.

The Cup Series heads to Michigan International Speedway on August 7th. This will be one of the four remaining races of the regular season and will give both Larson and Dillon a chance to recover.

Larson has a track record of success at MIS. He has made 13 starts at the two-mile distance and hit victory lane three times. He first won in 2016 before winning the 2017 season. Larson’s last trip to Michigan, his first with Hendrick Motorsports, resulted in a third place finish.

Dillon has made 10 starts at the Michigan circuit in his career, most of them with Germain Racing. He didn’t crack the top 10, but he ranked 11th in 2019. He also finished 14th in his first ever Cup Series start at track, driving for Richard Childress Racing.

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