No matter how good the video game developers think their physics model is, it’s never 100-percent realistic.  Racing video games prove that time and time again with full-field crashes and multiple cars flipping and barrel-rolling or flying away.  However, every once in a while there will be a crash in real life that has people saying “Man, that looked straight out of a video game!”


That’s exactly what happened this past weekend at the Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Illinois when Tyler Erb and Ryan Unzicker got together.



Erb, in the No. 91 machine, got a strong run out of the corner and dove to the bottom into the next turn.  Unfortunately, that’s exactly where Unzicker went when he entered that corner as well.  Erb and Unzicker made hard contact and both cars rolled over, as seen on’s video.


Unzicker spoke to powered by JEGS about the wild incident, and said that he now understands what happened even though he didn’t originally.


“At first I thought something broke to be honest,” Unzicker said.  “I felt something big.  I don’t know what I felt but it was big in the left side.  I didn’t know if the rear end broke or something.  When I got out of the car I saw him and once I gathered my thoughts I kind of put it all together that he must have hit me.


“Now that I’ve looked back on it, he obviously thought I was doing something different or he had a brain fart there.  I know he didn’t do it on purpose.  He had a hell of a good run coming off of turn four and he had to put the car somewhere.  He just chose the wrong place at the wrong time and I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”


Erb declined to comment to 51 when he was reached on Wednesday morning.


graphic 51 app 6-23According to Unzicker, he and Erb have spoken about the incident multiple times and have no hard feelings, even though initially Unzicker was ready to brawl.


“When I got out of the car I really wanted to fist fight and do something stupid, but I’m glad I didn’t,” Unzicker said.  “I’m glad I kept my composure.  I remember getting out of the car and seeing that he was a young kid.  With me being in the sport for a while, I always pride myself on helping the young kids out.  When I saw him standing there I was like, ‘Well, shoot, I can’t really do anything to this young kid.’  I just tried to teach him a few things.  I told him he was fast but a little out of control.  I told him that if he calmed down he’d probably be faster.”


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-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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Video Game-Like Crash Happens at Dirt Late Model Race