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How is NASCAR driver Joey Gase after Las Vegas accident?

Jake Nichol September 27, 2021
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NASCAR driver Joey Gase was involved in a vicious accident in the Cup Series race at Las Vegas on Sunday. The Rick Ware Racing driver was taken to a local hospital, but what’s the latest on his condition?

Joey Gase involved in heavy accident at Las Vegas

Iowa-native Gase was racing for the 11th time this season in the Cup Series for Rick Ware Racing.

For this outing at the 1.5-mile intermediate at Vegas, he was in the #15 Ford Mustang machine.

Early in stage two, as Gase rounded Turn 2, a part failed on the rear-left of the car.

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As the loaded left rear tyre came away, Gase was spat into the outside wall.

The #15 got airborne, but thankfully landed right side up, as the car slid across the track, to the inside wall.

With the rear of the car destroyed, once it came to a stop, Gase did not pull down his window net.

NASCAR drivers ususally do this to signify to the safety teams that they are OK following a big incident.

Gase was able to walk to an ambulance and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution following the shunt.

How is Joey Gase now?

Gase has since been released from hospital in Las Vegas.

A statement released by his PR team said he would be further evaluated back in Charlotte, North Carolina – the hub for NASCAR.

Gase also offered his thanks to the medical staff who treated him after the accident.

What’s Gase’s best result this season?

Gase’s sole top 20 result this season came in season-opening Daytona 500.

He brought the #53 RWR car home in 20th, in a race a lot of the top runners were eliminated in two big crashes.

As he only runs a part-time schedule, Gase is ineligible to contend for driver points.

Denny Hamlin won the race for Joe Gibbs Racing.

The second win of the season for the #11, Hamlin is now locked into the Round of 8 of the Playoffs.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.