Jordan Anderson airlifted from Talladega with burns from crash in Trucks race

TALLADEGA, Ala. — NASCAR driver Jordan Anderson was airlifted from Talladega Superspeedway Saturday with burns from an accident in the Truck Series race.

Anderson’s truck spun across the track as flames began shooting out from under the Chevrolet. The truck continued to spin and slid toward an interior wall, and Anderson appeared to be halfway out the window when he came to a stop aligned with the wall.

Anderson climbed to the top of the wall and away from the flames. He was first seen at the Infield Care Center and then flown to a hospital in Birmingham.

It was the fifth start of the season for Anderson, a 31-year-old journeyman in the minor national NASCAR series.

Matt DiBenedetto was later declared the winner of the race after NASCAR officials had a lengthy review of the finish order following a crash in overtime.

DiBenedetto and Alabama native Bret Holmes both waited in their trucks parked side by side while NASCAR checked their records.

The race went into overtime and there were several lead changes over the two-lap shootout finish. But then a crash in the middle of the field as the leaders headed for the checkered flag prompted NASCAR’s warning.

Holmes on the outside lane appeared to be the first driver to reach the finish line, inches above DiBenedetto at the bottom, but NASCAR snapped back at the leader when the warning flag flew – seconds before the drivers reached the checkered flag.

It was the first national series win for DiBenedetto, a journeyman who lost his cup spot and alliance with Team Penske late last season and was relegated to the Truck Series to keep himself busy.

DiBenedetto, in a Chevrolet, only led one lap – the last. It’s the first round he’s led in 21 Truck Series races.

Holmes was second followed by series champion Ben Rhodes, Ryan Preece and Chase Purdy.

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Emma Bowman

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