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Three Bystanders Injured During Sprint Car Crash at Volusia Speedway

February 20, 2017 • App, Archives, Dirt Cars, Region - Southeast, Speedweeks Central - Dirt, Ticker

(Story updated at 1:17 p.m. ET, Monday, February 20)

 

A Sprint Car crash at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida sent three participants in the pit area to the hospital Sunday night.

 

During the second feature of the day for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Dale Blaney’s car flipped into the pit area off of turn two.  Two of the participants injured were transported as “trauma alerts,” according to the Twitter account for the Volusia County Sheriff’s department.  The DIRTcar Nationals Twitter account has reported that the three injured were taken to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL.

 

Early Monday morning, DIRTcar released an updated statement identifying one of the people injured as Gary Streek from the United Kingdom.  According to DIRTcar, Street has been been released.

 

On Monday morning, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Inc. released a statement on their Facebook page indicating that their Springfield, Illinois store manager Kelly Kovski was among those injured.  Kovski is the Crew Chief for Justin Allgaier Motorsports and oversees daily operations of Allgaier Racing Shocks.  He is currently listed in stable condition, according to Hoosier Tire Midwest’s statement.

 

Allgaier Motorsports released a statement indicating that they will not be competing in the remainder of the DIRTcar Nationals events.

 

Kalamazoo Speedway also posted a statement on their Facebook page Monday morning indicating that the third party injured was Mick Brooks, the father of Outlaw Super Late Model racer Bubba Brooks.

 

Both Brooks and Kovski remain in the care of the medical staff at the hospital.  Each of them have family present at the hospital and have requested privacy at this time.

 

The incident occurred on lap two of the race. According to the statement from the DIRTcar Nationals, a car went through the fence in turn two.  Witnesses have told Speed51.com that the car involved was that of Dale Blaney’s.

 

The incident occurred during the second of two feature races for the World of Outlaws on Sunday at Volusia Speedway Park.  Racing continued after a red flag that lasted nearly an hour.  Donny Schatz won the race.

 

In a statement, DIRTcar officials indicated that they responded appropriately and according to their safety protocols and had emergency personnel at the scene immediately.

 

-By Speed51 Staff.  Photo Credit: Speed51.com

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