NASCAR driver Jamie Dick was just happy to be back. The El Paso native had missed the last two months of action since being diagnosed with diabetes. On Saturday, he was once again behind the wheel of his No. 55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet at the Xfinity Series at Iowa, but Jamie could never have imagined what was next. During the practice round, Dick's car was hit by a 35-pound piece of tungsten that had fallen off the back of Ross Chastain's No. 4 car. The tungsten impaled his windshield and actually hit Dick in his helmet. Lucky for him, he was wearing his protective visor, which was cracked from the tungsten. Had Dick not been wearing his visor like some drivers on tour, he would have certainly been killed by the impact of the blow.

Since his No. 55 car was destroyed beyond repair, Dick was forced to drive his backup car and qualified 30th for the main race. Ironically, with just two laps remaining in the race, Dick's car blew a tire and was rear-ended by Chastain's car. Dick finished in 25th place. Here are the pictures from the scary practice incident at the track.

Viva Motorsports P.R.
Viva Motorsports P.R.
Viva Motorsports P.R.
Viva Motorsports P.R.

Despite his car being destroyed by the tungsten, Jamie Dick's story actually has a happy ending. He is back racing again and feels great thanks to the insulin controlling his onset diabetes. Simpson, the company that manufactures the helmet he wore during the practice round, heard about the freak accident and immediately reached out to Dick's Viva Motorsports Team. They are providing him with their latest helmet, the Venator Pro, which is the strongest helmet on the market.

Scott DeBoyace, V.P. of NASCAR Team Sales for Simpson commented, “Our athlete’s safety is our priority. In light of this recent and unpredictable on track incident, we wanted to offer Jamie Dick our Venator Pro FIA 8860 certified helmet. The FIA 8860 helmet standard provides racers with increased protection for all key impact areas. The outer shell offers the best helmet protection from external penetration and works along with the inner liner to provide increased energy absorption and ultimately minimize G-forces inside the helmet upon impact.”

Simpson Performance Products.