Franchitti Falls Victim to Superspeedway Mishap at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26, 2008) – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) drivers Dario Franchitti and Kyle Krisiloff were both involved in multi-car crashes Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway that forced both of them to call it a day too early in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race, with Franchitti and the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge team finishing 41st and Krisiloff and the No. 41 Polaroid Dodge team finishing 33rd.
Franchitti and the Fastenal team had a promising run ahead of them after grabbing the fourth-starting spot for the Aaron’s 312, but just 11 laps into their run the No. 40 Dodge’s right-rear tire gave way and sent the CGRFS NNS Dodge spinning on the track. A multi-car collision followed. Unfortunately, the No. 91 car never seemed to check up and hit Franchitti’s car as it was coming down to rest on the apron. Franchitti was immediately taken to the Talladega Superspeedway infield care center and then driven to Physicians Medical Center Carraway in Birmingham, Ala., where he underwent further evaluation. Franchitti was treated for a slight fracture in his left ankle as a result of the collision and then released from the hospital.
Krisiloff proceeded to race up as high as 10th before he was collected in a multi-car accident on lap 71. The damage the No. 41 Polaroid Dodge incurred during the accident forced the driver and team to call it a day just 46 laps away from the finish in 33rd place (started 14th). The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge was listed 41st on the final race rundown.
The No. 40 Fastenal Team now stands 17th in the overall NNS owner points. With a current tally of 1,112, the team is 115 points outside of the top 10 and 370 out of first. The team is just 14 away from the top 15. With a current tally of 762, the No. 41 NNS team is 30th overall and 364 outside the top 15.
Next, the NNS teams head to Richmond International Raceway to run the Lipton Tea 250 on Friday, May 2. The NNS race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ESPN2 and MRN Radio.