NASCAR's Regan Smith replaces injured Almirola in Charlotte

How NASCAR drivers reacted to Saturday's terrifying fiery crash

How NASCAR drivers reacted to Saturday's terrifying fiery crash

1 body shop and a member of the Charlotte-based Driven Brands family, will make its debut in the NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old driver, in his sixth full season in the series, was released from the hospital Sunday and returned home to North Carolina.

Almirola suffered a compression fracture of the T5 vertebra when he was involved in a violent three-car crash on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway. He'll have to win either of the three stages in the 50-lap qualifying race to get the No. 43 into the All-Star Race later that evening.

Earnhardt chases his second All-Star crown Saturday and his first Coca-Cola 600 victory on May 28 in his final season as a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver.

Smith has one career NASCAR Cup win, that coming at Darlington in 2011.

Further information on Almirola's condition and who will drive the No. 43 for additional races this season will be provided at a news conference Friday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

While Logano and Almirola were uninjured, Almirola needed to be placed on a backboard and transported via helicopter to the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The 26-time NASCAR Cup Series race victor earned his sole All-Star victory on May 20, 2000, in his first attempt, becoming the first Cup rookie to win the event. Smith had spelled Dale Earnhardt Jr. for one race in 2012 when the Hendrick Motorsports driver was diagnosed with a concussion and missed two events.

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