Austin Dillon was on his way to securing a Playoff spot following an impressive sixth-place finish in Stage 2 of Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Firekeepers Casino 400 hosted at Michigan International Speedway.
The wreck was caused when Brad Keselowski turned down into the rear quarter panel of Austin’s No. 3 ride sending him right into the wall. Dillon hit head-on and the car got airborne which almost cause it flipped over.
After the incident, Brad Keselowski signal his radio and stated,
“Aw man, I didn’t want to do that, why’d he…. [inaudible]… I didn’t want to wreck him, just wanted them to calm him down.”
Keselowski then later took to twitter to express his sympathy for Austin Dillon and his team members.
Watching this makes me sick to my stomach for Austin and his team. He was crazy fast today and deserved better. Definitely not what either of us wanted to see…
With a lap to go we both wanted the stage point and I should have given him more room to avoid this.
Glad he is ok. https://t.co/WPYxdmarWo
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 22, 2021
“I was just trying to get as many Stage Points as I could get right there,” Dillon explained after coming out of the infield care center. “Did a good job side drafting, came down to the apron. It was after the start finish line. I was starting to come up off the apron because it’s so rough down there. I figured by that point, he would have given me a little room there. Thankful that the good lord kept me safe today. That was a heck of a wreck, but I feel fine.”