During qualifying for the Samsung 500 Michael McDowell plowed the #00 “Aaron’s Dream Machine” nose first into the turn one wall at nearly 200 miles per hour. After impact the car flipped into the air, rolling sideways, belching fire and leaving a trail of parts until it finally came to rest about a quarter mile away at the bottom of turn two.
Without a doubt, I can say that it’s the most gruesome and spectacular crash that I have ever seen live.
McDowell pulled himself from the car and walked away with only bumps and scratches.
Luckily, I had my camera aimed that direction and started firing quick enough to catch most of the carnage. Click the image above to see a composite of the scene stitched together from the nine or ten frames I was able to fire off as the car careened down the track.
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Michael McDowell is one supremely fortunate dude.