Kasey Kahne climbs out of his burning racecar after crashing hard at Michigan International Speedway in 2013. High speeds at MIS have resulted in a few scary crashes through the years. With that said, check out five of the most memorable wrecks in the Irish Hills.
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Ernie Irvan, 1994
During a Friday early-morning practice session for the 1994 GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 at MIS, Irvan blew a right-front tire and hit the wall at over 170 mph. He suffered critical brain and lung injuries in the violent crash. After a long recovery, Irvan returned to Cup Series racing at North Wilkesboro Speedway on Oct. 1, 1995.
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Elliott Sadler, 2000
Sadler had a horrendous flip in the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford during a practice session at Michigan in June 2000. Miraculously, he walked away from the crash with only bruises and a cut on his tongue. Sadler still competed in the race, finishing 27th.
Kenny Wallace and Todd Bodine, 2003
It was a scary moment for current FOX NASCAR analysts Kenny Wallace and Todd Bodine at Michigan in 2003, as both made hard contact with the wall at the exit of Turn 2 and went up in flames.
Mark Martin, 2012
During the Pure Michigan 400 in 2012, Martin, driving for Michael Waltrip Racing at the time, spun into the edge of a pit road wall at a terrifying angle and rate of speed. Martin was able to climb out of his racecar and wave to fans in the grandstands after hitting the wall at what he called a "freak angle."
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2016
Earnhardt experienced a hard impact on the backstretch in the June 2016 FireKeepers Casino 400 at MIS. Although it didn't look like anything too major at the time, it wound up sidelining the Hendrick Motorsports driver because of concussion-like symptoms from the crash. There is currently no timetable for Earnhardt's return, as Alex Bowman will drive the No. 88 in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400. Jeff Gordon will return to the car next weekend at Darlington Raceway.