What would happen if you ran your street car, equipped with crumple zones, air bags and a three point harness, into a stationary barrier at better than 150 miles per hour? Chances are the results wouldn’t be good, and you certainly wouldn’t be climbing out of your wrecked car on your own.
NASCAR may have caught flack for the “Car of Tomorrow” spec chassis, but Sadler’s crash at this weekend’s Sprint Cup Race at Pocono proves the car’s strength. There isn’t much video, but you can clearly see Sadler impact the armco barrier at close to full speed. The crash was severe enough to rip the motor from the car, yet Sadler was checked and released by the infield medical center shortly after the crash. His biggest complaint? Bruising on his shoulders from the force of his body against the harness straps.
Sadler, who had won Saturday afternoon’s Camping World Truck Series 125 event at Pocono, called the hit the hardest of his career. It always amazes me that crashes like this produce no injuries, yet the fatal crashes of both Dale Earnhadt and Ayrton Senna were much less dramatic. I haven’t been a big fan of the Car of Tomorrow, but I am a fan of anything that keeps the drivers safe. My hat’s off to NASCAR on this one.