Midwest Super Late Model racer Dennis Prunty was transported to a nearby hospital Friday night after a hard crash at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin.
Prunty was racing hard on the outside during the first round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge when his car made heavy contact with the outside wall in turn two. He was transported to the hospital for further evaluation, where he was diagnosed with bruised ribs.
On Monday afternoon, three days following the crash, the Slinger, Wisconsin driver said he was still feeling very sore.
“I only know what happened from talking to other people. I remember taking the green flag, I was on the high side,” Prunty told Speed51.com. “It looked like I was going to be able to pass a few cars high so I stayed up there. On the back stretch of the second lap I was on the outside of the 99 car. Something happened and he slowed up a bit, then I was in an ambulance on the way to hospital. I lost about 30 minutes, maybe more.
“From watching the video and talking to people, it looks like when the 99 slowed a bit another car went inside of him, I assume he didn’t know I was on the outside of him and he came up the track. My left front tire hit his right rear tire and I went airborne. By the time the car landed I hit the wall hard with the left front, then the left side and then the left rear.”
While Prunty remains in one piece, his car, however, is a different story and almost a total loss. The motor and transmission will both be checked, but the rest of the car must be rebuilt.
“The car is already being taken apart, this car is owned by Pathfinder Chassis,” said Prunty. “They are taking it apart and building a new one.”
A regular at Slinger Speedway, Prunty won’t let this hiccup keep him from racing at his home track this Sunday, especially just a few short weeks before he hopes to defend his Slinger National title.
“I will be racing my own car next Sunday at Slinger Speedway,” said Prunty. “I took a few laps yesterday to see how I felt. Ribs were too sore to race, we will try again next week.”
And how about another trip to Madison International Speedway? Prunty said he’ll be back July 22 for the second round of the Super Late Model Triple Crown Challenge.
“I will work harder and qualify better so I don’t start behind the invert again,” said Prunty. “I would also like to thank the guys at Pathfinder Chassis for building a safe car, and thank the staff and safety workers at MIS for everything they do.”
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @Jwimm22
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