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Ryan Newman slides upside down on the track after crashing with Kevin Harvick during the AMP Energy 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday.

CoT, redeemed

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And a mea culpa, of sorts.

Regular Blobophiles know how much I hate the Car of Tomorrow. It's garbage truck, and, worse, a cookie cutter garbage truck. It's turned NASCAR into a spec series.

But Ryan Newman can attest to the fact that it's also a safe garbage truck.

This after he walked away from a horrifying crash at Talladega (is there any other kind, at Talladega?) late in the race Sunday. Punted toward the infield from the middle of the traditional 'Dega/restrictor plate freight train, Newman's car got airborne, turned upside down, came down on top of Kevin Harvick's hood, spun sideways on its roof up the track and into the outside wall, richocheted back down the track, then barrel-rolled and landed on its roof once more.

Check out the video here.

It took crews 13 minutes to cut the flattened roof off the car. But when they did, up popped Newman like a jack-in-the-box, unharmed.

Without the boxy, tank-like construction of the CoT, that probably doesn't happen. No: It definitely doesn't happen.

So kudos to the CoT. For that, at least.

Ben Smith's blog.

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